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Student entrepreneurs claim thousands in CMU competition

New Venture Competition highlights student business plans

Contact: CMU News

With business names like Spore Technologies, Tessil Car Atelier and Earthworm Casting Unlimited, 23 student teams competed at Central Michigan University Friday pitching startup business proposals with $75,000 on the line.

Led by the CMU College of Business Administration’s Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship, the New Venture Competition is a forum for learning, identifying, nurturing, and showcasing emerging entrepreneurs and their businesses. More than 50 judges, including angel investors and venture capitalists, mentor the students along the way.

This year’s winners include:

  • Best overall: Un-corked                                                       $30,000

Courtney Lorenz — Traverse City

Emily Miller — Highland

  • Best social venture: Sinfonia Marching Exposition        $10,000

Conner Heinle — Farmington

Troy Prill — Ada

  • Best technology: Garden Mobile                                        $10,000

Michael Drew — Midland

Zachary Konarska — Grand Haven

Joe Shaheen — Flushing

  • Most impact on Michigan: Second Cut Arrow                 $10,000

John Tomasek — Grand Ledge

Cory Noeker — Westphalia

  • Highest growth potential: Beergo                                       $10,000

Anthony Lazzaro — Hope

Cheryl Hunter — Mount Pleasant

  • Best lifestyle venture: Homecrest Coffee Roasters            $5,000

Christopher Repyak — Portage

Dennis Nalor — Miami

The CMU New Venture Competition received recognition in 2013 as the “Best Educational Program of the Year” from Automation Alley. This recognition acknowledges the combination of CMU’s entrepreneurship curriculum with experiential opportunities maximizing students’ potential to launch a business.

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