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Endicott College to Host Fifth Annual Spark Tank Business Plan Competition

CropShop co-founders AJ Marcinek '19 and Cam Bleck '19, winners of the 2018 Spark Tank business plan competition at Endicott College
The next game-changing business may well be born at Endicott College’s fifth annual Spark Tank, a competition in which students compete for a total of $15,000 in startup capital to launch their most promising ideas.
4/3/2019

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BEVERLY, Mass. – The next game-changing business may well be born at Endicott College’s fifth annual Spark Tank, a competition in which students compete for a total of $15,000 in startup capital to launch their most promising ideas. This event is free and open to the public:
 
“Spark Tank” Business Plan Competition
Monday, April 29 at 6 p.m.
Endicott College
Curtis L. Gerrish School of Business and Ginger Judge Science Center
Klebanoff Auditorium
376 Hale St.
Beverly, MA 01915

 
Last year’s Spark Tank grand prize-winner, CropShop, has gained the attention of seed funding accelerator YCombinator. CropShop’s farm-to-chef app bridges the gap between local farmers and restaurants. Founded by two soon-to-graduate Endicott students, A.J. Marcinek and Cam Bleck, CropShop will present at this year’s Spark Tank, which is sponsored by the Cummings Foundation and TD Bank.

This year’s judges are Jugmi Rao, vice president at TD Bank; Michelle Labossiere, chief financial officer of Colmar Belting; Ric Upton, entrepreneur-in-residence at Endicott; and Gary Vogel, senior operations manager at LabCentral.
 
“Our student entries are strong,” says Deirdre Sartorelli, assistant dean of the Colin and Erika Angle Center for Entrepreneurship at Endicott. “Many have been working on their ideas since our startup boot camp weekend last fall, so their business models are refined and have great potential.” Sartorelli adds, “We are pleased to have the Cummings Foundation and TD Bank as presenting sponsors again this year, and our judges, all of whom are accomplished in their own right, will bring their unique experiences with them to help evaluate the students.”
 
More on the Angle Center for Entrepreneurship is available at endicott.edu/entrepreneurship.

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