Allegany County Startup Collegiate Competition Winners!

Our 2nd annual Allegany County Startup Collegiate Competition was a huge success! Thank you to all the participants, judges, sponsors, and attendees!

Congratulations to the winners! First-place winners ($5,000) were the Eco Guys, Inc., Zackary Martin and David Benson from Alfred State College, Second-place winners  ($1000) were Alfred’s Flamingo Restaurant, Brian Ngatunga, Ryan Hughes, Alyssa Dimillo, John Stika, Tiara Rodzai, Felicia Stewart, Johnathan Connaught, Raphael Chukwuemeka from Alfred University, and Third Place winners ($500) were Swift Solar, Evan Tsai, Dawit Hutter, Sofia Gildemeister from Houghton College.

We left inspired and excited to see what else these innovative entrepreneurs will do next!

In the image above:

Back row from left to right: Kimberley Barres, Ashleigh Madison, Craig Clark (Dir of Allegany County IDA), Dawit Hutter (Student Houghton), John Stika (Student AU), Raphael Chukwuemeka (student AU), Jonathan Connaught (student AU), Dr. Reza Rashidi (Alfred state Professor – Mentor), Lillian Turner (Student Houghton), Dr. Jason Morrison (Professor Alfred University -Mentor), Evan Tsai (student Houghton), Casey Joyce (CEO of Otis Eastern – Judge),
Front Row from Left to Right
Dr. Alex Wright (Professor Houghton), Greg Saufley, Sofia Gildemeister (Student Houghton), Felicia Stewart (Student AU), Brian Ngatunga (Student AU), Tiara Rodzai (Student AU), David Benson, (Student Alfred State), Zackary Martin (Student Alfred State), Jennalyn Conley (Student AU), Tim Mayo (Student AU), Shawn Magishie (Student AU), Lionel Legry (Cuba Restorations LLC – Mentor), Jean Ellefson (Professor Alfred University – Mentor) Dean Mark Lewis (Dean of Business Alfred University), Joseph Sempolinsi (Chief of Staff from Assemblyman Joseph Giglio – Special Guest.