Students Win Prizes for Top Business Plans

Posted: May 29, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Three George Mason students won prizes of $6,000, $4,000, and $2,000 last week for business plans they submitted in the Mason Enterprise Center’s business plan contest. The contest was designed to stimulate an entrepreneurial spirit in George Mason students of all disciplines.

John Lynch, an engineering major, won first prize for his plan for EManagement, LLC, an environmental and engineering management company that provides web-based solutions for the environmental and engineering markets and manages projects for environmental compliance and data collection and reporting. Andrew Weyrich, a student in Visual Information Technologies, was the first runner-up with his plan for, LLC, a web site that brings enthusiasts together. Michael Farley, an MBA student, was the second runner up with his plan for Formonics Inc., a wireless software development business that specializes in mobile forms for government agencies and private companies.

Special awards of $200 for excellent business plans were given to seven other students: Valerie Curry for My Brite Books; David Dowgiallo for Fetal Heart Monitor; Alice Carron for Artworks International; Sabrino Dagostino for Smart Travel Helicopter Service; Cynthia Buckley and Fernando Miko for Karomiko Electronic Learning; Nadikant Penjarla for CETRA; and Rohit Kalra for Net Debut.

The business plans were judged by a panel of industry experts and George Mason faculty members. The contest was sponsored by Xert Communications, Columbia Capital, Hunton and Williams, and Ernst and Young. The top three award-winners will have the opportunity to meet with venture capital sources to present their business plans for potential funding. For more information about the annual contest, contact Paul Hall, director of program development for the Mason Enterprise Center, at x38129.

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