Two Southern Teams Win Awards at the Connecticut State University Business Plan Competition

 On Thursday, April 12, eleven student teams and about 40 community gathered for some entrepreneurial magic at the Institute for Technology and Business Development.

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In the photo from the right: First row: Kaitlin Fanco, Ashley Holmes, Christine Cantor, Second row from the right: Joseph McKnight, Jessica Caponigro, Marlyn Poznanski, Kaitlyn Moran, Kimberly Witiak, Andrew Chu. Last row: Eric Gabianelli and Michael Okrent

At the end of the evening four teams had won prizes:
Haven Docu-Services, a team from SCSU, won the $500 Walker Group/reSET Social Enterprise award with their concept for a document storage and shredding business partnering with Chapel Haven to provide employment for autistic adults.
 
ElderCareCompare.com won the $1,500 Connecticut Innovations Technology Prize for their concept of providing online meeting, brokering and management tool for the relationships between care providers and the elderly who wish to age at home.
 
SCSU's Petal Post won the $1,000 MetroHartford Alliance First Place prize for their plans to manufacture and distribute a fence post topper that doubles as a flower pot.
 
Kinai Taste Flavorings won the Grand Prize (Sponsored by ) for their plan to produce and sell healthy, liquid flavor packets for hospital patient ice chips. The Grand Prize includes one year at the ITBD, $11,000 seed capital and a bundle of professional services.

Our winning teams will compete on Friday, April 20 in the 14th annual Connecticut Collegiate Business Plan Competition, which will feature 23 teams from 13 schools.