Marywood University Students Win TecBridge Business Plan Competition


SCRANTON, PA (May 6, 2015)-Marywood University’s Collegiate Team won the 2015 TecBridge Business Plan Competition. Marywood University’s team, Late Skate, won the top prize of $10,000 in cash start-up funds and $90,000 in-kind services. The third place finishers were Marywood University’s team Last Lung.


Marywood University was also the winner of the Smit-Webster Founders Award for top University among the fourteen colleges and universities who participate in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Christopher Speicher, Ph.D., associate professor of business and entrepreneurial director at Marywood’s School of Business and Global Innovation, received the Faculty Advisor of the Year award at the ceremony.


Marywood University’s teams made it to the top four teams chosen this year from more than 40 entries. Late Skate was selected as the overall winner of the competition. Late Skate team members include: Frank Winger, junior, Easton; Michael Neri, Jr., senior, Doylestown; and Sarah Liang, freshman, New Hampshire. The third place winners, Last Lung’s team members include: Gabriela Tornabene, MBA student, Easton; and Sherry Frable, Scranton, senior student and public relations coordinator at Marywood University.


Previous Marywood team winners of the TecBridge Business Plan Competition employ over 700 people in entrepreneurial pursuits worldwide. Marywood business teams are consistently top-ranking in entrepreneurial developments in Northeast Pennsylvania, with the highest number of business start-ups per graduating student.


TecBridge is a regional collegial organization that collaboratively strives to create and embrace entrepreneurial opportunities with the purpose of growing technology and biotechnology wealth within Northeastern Pennsylvania.


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