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Future Entrepreneurs Compete at Startup Star Finale March 3

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Finalists in Burlington County College’s Startup Star contest, a business plan competition sponsored by the college, Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce (BCRCC), and TD Bank, will vie for top honors at the Enterprise Center at BCC on Tuesday, March 3.

“The Startup Stars contest helps encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams and start their business right here in Burlington County,” said Burlington County Freeholder Director Mary Ann O’Brien. “Young people are the future of our workforce development initiative. It is exciting to see so many of them have great business ideas that could turn into a successful startup and create jobs.”

Seventy-five total business plan executive summaries have been whittled down to seven; three in the high school division, and two in the BCC student and BCC alumni divisions.

“The contest more than tripled in size this year. All the sponsors, educators and local business owners who volunteered their time to mentor students helped make a successful event designed to inspire our future small business owners,” said BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang. “As the only institution of higher education in the county, Burlington County College will always be here to help students succeed—guiding them through college degree completion and supporting educational and professional goals.”

The finalists will present their business concepts to an audience and panel of expert judges at the Enterprise Center at BCC, located on the college’s Mount Laurel campus, on Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m.

BCC Startup Star judge, Regional Vice President of TD Bank and BCC Foundation Board Trusteeship Committee Chair Joe Tredinnick explained, “TD Bank proudly supports the Burlington County College Startup Star competition and a student’s entrepreneurial spirit, because successful startup businesses are born from an individual’s ability and desire to dream big.”

The Startup Star finalists include the following:

  • BCC Student: Hermogenes Swartz, of Cherry Hill, with a virtual interpreting service, and Brooks Dreyer, of Westampton, with an online loan request solution.
  • BCC Alumni: Mary Workman, of Cherry Hill, with an environmentally-friendly merchandise concept, and Susan Dobisch Gennett, of Cherry Hill, with an online marketplace for the disadvantaged and underserved populations.
  • Burlington County High School Student: Maria Wenzel, of Cherokee High School, with a public restroom sound system concept; Moorestown High School team: Christine Kirmsse, Katie Richards, Adriana Pendino and Nori Horvitz with a breakfast/bagel delivery service; and Shane Albertson, of Cherokee High School, with a drunk driving prevention accessory.

“Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce was pleased to offer students access to mentors who were established professionals in the business world and could offer sound advice and assistance,” said BCRCC President/CEO Kristi M. Howell. “The finalists worked hard on developing their business plan executive summaries and I look forward to hearing more from our future startups."

The Burlington County College Startup Star final competition is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Incubators at BCC at (856) 222-9311, ext. 2800 or visit bcc.edu/startupstar.