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April 19, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU students 'pitch' business ideas

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Three Slippery Rock University students will battle for a portion of $1,000 in prize money at 6:30 p.m., April 24, in the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator's third annual Rock the Boat Business Pitch competition.

The competition, organized by Richard Grimm, associate professor in SRU's School of Business, will be in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

The three finalists, selected on their cumulative scores from the April 10 elimination round, and their proposed business projects are:

Andrew Frank, a marketing major from Stewartstown, who will present his idea for a Suit Steamer, a devise that uses steam to eliminate clothing wrinkles, eliminating the process of ironing clothes;

Robert Braund, a finance major from Coraopolis, who will present Reel Efficient Productions, a proposed production company focused on writing, directing, filming and editing reels for new actors to submit to casting directors and producers; and

Brittany Biddle, a marketing major from Elizabeth, presenting Shot Stix, a portable container for transporting and delivering small quantities of an alcoholic beverage that can be added to the users' favorite mixer.

"The scores among the finalists were very close so we are expecting an all-out battle for the $700 first-place prize," Grimm said.

The business pitch competition requires contestants to prepare a brief synopsis, commonly known as an "elevator pitch," of their business idea for consideration as if the project might be funded to bring it to fruition.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.