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Help SBU Student Team Win Rice Business Plan Competition

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Rice competitionA Stony Brook engineering team — including graduate student Gagan Jodhani and undergraduate Stanley Shaji — has been selected to compete in Rice University’s Business Plan Competition for more than $1 million in prizes. The competition takes place at Rice University in Houston, Texas, April 14-16.

You can help Gagan and Stanley win the $5,000 People’s Choice Award for their entry, “Electrospun Nanotechnologies,” by voting here right now. The deadline for voting is Saturday, April 16, at 1 pm (CST). The $5,000 winner will be announced at the competition later that day.

Gagan and Stanley work with Professor Perena Gouma, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Center for Nanomaterials and Sensor Development. Their project in the competition involves nanoscale technologies for water remediation.

The Business Plan Competition is designed to give collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world opportunity to learn what is required to successfully launch a new business. Judges evaluate the teams as real-world entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early stage investors and venture capital firms. All teams participate and present on all three days of the competition. They receive mentoring from investors and experienced entrepreneurs and network with potential venture capitalists and other investors.

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