Prizes Awarded in Bloomington Business Plan Competition

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The competition was held at the Cyberinfrastructure Building on the Bloomington campus. The competition was held at the Cyberinfrastructure Building on the Bloomington campus.
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The Bloomington Economic Development Corp.'s pre-accelerator program has announced the winners of a business plan competition. The top teams were selected following presentations at the Indiana University Cyberinfrastructure Building.

Nine teams participated and three teams won cash prizes of $2,500, $1,500 and $500. BEDC Vice President Dana Palazzo said "starting a business is no easy task, and what we’ve shown these students is that Bloomington has the people and resources to support them through that process. B-Starters also bring an energy to our local startup ecosystem that revitalizes and challenges even our most seasoned entrepreneurs to keep thinking outside of the box."

The winners are:

  • 1st Place: Zachary Burr- Tydee, a subscription and on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service.
  • 2nd Place: Christopher Podlaski- Plant Software, an automated, web-based intelligent scheduling platform.
  • 3rd Place: Wes Wagner- Intask, a student-management platform to find, manage and use student freelancers to accomplish intern-like tasks.

Demo Day is the culminating event of the B-Start program. The organization says all graduating participants received a $500 stipend to continue to develop their businesses. B-Start's next session is slated for the fall.

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