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10 student teams to advance in a statewide business plan competition

MARCY — The Polytechnic Institute of the State University of New York announced that 10 student teams emerged as regional finalists following the conclusion of the Mohawk Valley Regional Semi-Finals of the New York business plan competition, organized by SUNY Poly.

Among the finalists, named Monday, advancing to the finals of the statewide New York business plan competition are nine student-led teams from SUNY Poly,
as well as a team of students from SUNY Poly and Adelphi University who submitted plans related to the tracks listed below.

The teams made up of SUNY Poly students who will participate in the next round include, by category:

Security, Power, and Mobility: Defense, Energy First Responder, Infrastructure, Mobility, and Transportation—Dronix: Aaron Brazinski, Robert Evans, Richmond Hulse, and Mara Yukna; and Repairall Auto: Bryan Barks;

Health and Wellness: Education, Health IT, Life Sciences, Medtech, and Wellness — Rental Fitness: Dylan Culbertson, Kevin Kaltak, Logan McClelland, Joseph O’Brien, and Carlie Shippee; Maternal Health Surveillance Service: Robert Byszynski and Linda Irizarry-Byszynski (SUNY Poly and Adelphi University);

Food: agricultural technology, food products and food service — Small Farm Automation Inc: Nikolas Varrone; The Wonder of Wine: Ron LaDue, Leslie Hwaszcz, John Klaboe and Morgan Randall;

Products and Materials — NYBraille: Zachary Weststadt and Zackary Gray; Rainmote: Jackson Posloski, Logan Reinold, Jay Schmitt and Ryan Starr;

Services and Software — Bluesky Quilter, LLC: Chris Burns, Sonia Cohen, Armin Dzehverovic, Elena Ruznic, and Kira Steinwandt; Plum Tech: Michael Gray, Xavier Mandeville, Kerenza McDonald and K’Pru Taw.

The winning teams received cash prizes:

First Grand Prize $2,000: NYBraille;

Second Place Grand Prize $1,000: Bluesky Quilter, LLC; and

Best of the Mohawk Valley $500 (business that embodies regional characteristics): Small Farm Automation Inc.

The Mohawk Valley semi-final attracted the interest of 45 students who competed on 18 teams. They submitted their breakthrough business proposals for a chance to reach the final round and win cash prizes. Semi-final competitions in nine other areas of New York have taken place or are scheduled to take place before the finals.

Hundreds of students from accredited colleges and universities across New York State participate in the competition. Each participating team pitches a business idea in a virtual or in-person semi-final event. Presentations are judged by an experienced jury of trade and industry professionals, with the selected teams then competing in the final which will take place online the week of April 11, followed by live, online presentations on April 20.
process, the first-place teams from each track will pitch live during the Grand Prix Finals at the WCNY Broadcast and Education Center in Syracuse on Wednesday, April 27.

According to NYBPC organizers, since 2010, NYBPC has helped launch more than 100 student-led businesses, awarded more than $1 million in prizes, and generated more than $100 million in economic impact. The NYBPC’s lead organization is the Upstate Capital Association of New York, and the initiative is sponsored by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR) and the State University of New York Research Foundation, among others.

For more information on the 2022 New York Business Plan Competition,

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