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Business Plan Winners Advance to State Competition

Release Date:
4/19/2012 10:38 PM

Bergami Learning Center, College of Business The Bergami Learning Center at the UNH College of Business

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- Two of the six winners of the UNH Business Plan Competition will be competing at the state level at the New Haven Lawn Club on April 20.

The Connecticut Collegiate Business Plan Competition is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Warbros Venture Partners, Connecticut Innovations, LaunchCapital, Angel Investor Forum and the Entrepreneurship Foundation. 

Students who win the competition will be awarded prizes of up to $1,000.

The two winning UNH teams and their projects are:

“Letterpress and Design Services” – Keep the novelty process of letterpress printing alive by mastering the vintage craft and executing it in a contemporary manner.
-    Tonya Choktrakunchai ’13 (graphic design)
-    Ashley Marshall ’13 (graphic design)
-    Madeline Brumberg ’12 (management)


“E-change Quick Card” – Swipe the card and receive a credit for loose change.
-    Scott Weber ’15 (system engineering)
-    Adam Niezgorski ’15 (criminal justice)
-    Elliot Petrella ’15 (criminal justice)
-    Tom Kennedy ’15 (mechanical engineering)

The other UNH competition winners who were not selected to go to the state finals are:

Gary Crawford ’15 a regular eBay user. Crawford decided he could improve the experience for users by making a video-based buying and selling website where buyers could see that an item they were purchasing was functioning properly. As a result, was born.

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