NEW BRITAIN - Four student teams won prizes Thursday at the fifth annual Stanley Black & Decker–Central Connecticut State University Business Plan Competition.
The finals, held at the CCSU Institute of Technology & Business Development, mirrored the national reality show “Shark Tank,” with six teams of budding business entrepreneurs from the university’s School of Business vying for an investment in their proposal
The competition was hosted by Professor Drew Harris, leader of the CCSU Entrepreneurship Program. Competitors had three minutes to present a business plan to a panel of five entrepreneurs and industry leaders, most of whom were Central graduates. The presentation was followed by questions from the judges and business people in attendance.
CCSU senior Chris Messier won the tech-based prize for his Modern Laundry Systems plan to automate the laundromat world with an integrated, cashless, card-based system.
Joshua Fritho, a senior, won the social enterprise prize for his vision of Artist Creating Opportunities, an arts-focused facility that would train artists in the business of art and in overcoming roadblocks to advancing their art.
A team led by senior Darian Carter presented their plan for Access Walker, a redesigned walker that provides greater mobility and customized options than current walkers, won both the best consumer-oriented prize and the crowd favorite prize.
The grand prize went to Sam Rose, a CCSU senior, who presented a plan for expanding the reach of his family’s mobile kitchen, Green Leaf Catering - the only Persian food outlet in Connecticut - by adding a training and mobile hiring process for catering staff.
Messier, Carter and Rose are management majors with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Fritho is a general management major with a minor in music.
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