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Student Entrepreneurs Compete in Pennsylvania Startup Challenge

Nicholas Kornilow from Waynesboro is a finalist in the State System Startup Challenge, which is a competition for student entrepreneurs from state-owned universities. The event, hosted by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, will take place on April 3. It will be broadcast live by the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) at 7 p.m.

Kornilow, a Shippensburg University junior studying biology with a concentration in health professions and a minor in business, will present BioBlooms Naturals. This business aims to innovate in oral hygiene with natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly products, including a range of oral health products, biodegradable tools, natural dental floss, and plans for smart brushes.

Another Shippensburg University contestant, Drew Dailey, a graduate student from Phoenix, Md., will pitch Deal Seal. This platform is designed for secure buying, selling, and trading of sports cards and collectibles on social media, offering protection from scams.

Diaa Meqdadi from East Stroudsburg University, studying computer science and computer security with a minor in mathematics, will present Mercial LLC. Mercial LLC focuses on simplifying data management and digital marketing with customizable database API software, targeting to empower businesses in the digital realm.

The competition offers a top prize of $10,000, with second and third places receiving $5,000 and $3,000, respectively. Over 50 students and teams from across Pennsylvania’s state-owned public universities have competed.

State System officials, including Board of Governors Chairwoman Cynthia Shapira and Chancellor Dan Greenstein, praised the event for showcasing student entrepreneurship across bioscience, information technology, and finance sectors. They highlighted the competition’s role in fostering real-life business experience that has led past winners to launch successful businesses. The judges panel includes professionals from various industries, including Passenger Coffee and Tea, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Deloitte, Onsite ICF, and PSECU.


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