Big Idea Business Plan Contest Winners To Be Announced July 31
Posted: July 26, 2013
The fate of six companies competing for a $35,000 cash prize and
six months' residency at Gannon University's Erie Technology
Incubator (ETI) will be announced Wednesday, July 31, as the winner
of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners BIG IDEA Business Plan
Contest for Northwest Pennsylvania will be determined.
There will be a press event beginning at 3 p.m. followed by a
networking reception held at the Knowledge Center on Knowledge
Parkway in Erie.
There are six finalists vying for six months of residency in the
Erie Technology Incubator (ETI); $35,000; one year of free tuition
for classes/seminars offered by the eMarketing Learning Center; and
a free, five-hour consult on intellectual property from Attorney
Jonathan D'Silva with the Erie law firm, MacDonald, Illig, Jones,
The contest finalists include: Direct Allergy (Robert Schultz,
CEO), Adaptmicrosys LLC (Kyu Jung, Ph.D., president), reCAP Mason
Jars (Karen Rzepecki, founder), MedicalOpinionCenter.com LLC
(Stephen Kovacs, CEO), Advanced Power Control Solutions LLC
(Christopher Abeyta, CEO), and CNG One Source, Inc. (Karen
Direct Allergy - Robert Schultz/CEO - providing a turnkey
service to primary-care doctors for testing, diagnosis, and
treatment of patients, especially those in underserved rural areas,
who suffer from allergies.
Adaptmicrosys LLC - Kyu Jung, Ph.D./president (and assistant
professor of electrical and computer engineering at Gannon) - a
leading-edge, adaptive semiconductor company that provides higher
energy savings, more efficiency, and greatly increased performance
in a variety of smart-connected devices.*
reCAP Mason Jars - Karen Rzepecki/founder - the manufacturer and
Amazon top-seller of high-quality plastic caps for Mason jars is
developing an app that caters to those interested in using Mason
jars for creative uses. reCAP was the 2011 winner of the
MedicalOpinionCenter.com LLC - Stephen Kovacs/CEO (Gannon
undergrad alumus)- has developed a unique model that provides the
expertise of three medical specialists to be offered as an online
Advanced Power Control Solutions LLC - Tom Woodward/president -
Developed an innovative coal/natural gas hybrid burner technology
that allows compliance with EPA requirements and increases power
output from existing coal-fired power generation facilities that
are prevalent in Pennsylvania.*
CNG One Source, Inc. - Karen Teslovich/President - Manufactures
natural gas engines for diesel trucks and installs conversions for
gas powered fleet vehicles.
*Denotes company is an Erie Technology Incubator
The Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon University is
northwestern Pennsylvania's only technology incubator. It provides
early-stage, high-growth technology-based companies with office
space, mentoring, strategic guidance and other resources.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners CNP, an initiative of the
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and
funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority,
provides investment capital and business support services to
emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers for
the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania.
For more information about Ben Franklin, contact its Erie office
in Knowledge Park at 814-898-6650 or visit www.cnp.benfranklin.org.
For more information about ETI, call 814-459-6037 or visit