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tecBRIDGE Announces the Business Plan Competition Award Winners


Scranton, PAtecBRIDGE, an economic development organization located in Scranton, celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation, and the knowledge economy of Northeastern Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce winners from the 15th Annual Business Plan Competition Awards Dinner held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on April 27th, 2017.


Fader Plugs LLC

Collegiate Division Winner


Fader Plugs from East Stroudsburg University won the Collegiate Division for their patent pending hearing protection device. Fader is planning both universal and custom earplug products that provide customers with the ability to adjust sound based on their surroundings.

Pictured: Blaise Delfino



Cracked Innovations

Non-Collegiate Division Winner


Cracked Innovations, located in the Scranton Enterprise Center, won the Non-Collegiate Division with their location-based social network app for meeting people. Their app, WhatNow will be available on iOS and Android in May of 2017.

Pictured: Kevin Granville, Candace Allen, Tony Trombetta






Wil Card Winner


Tunefly, located in the Twin Stacks Incubator in Dallas, was selected by Awards Dinner guests as the Wild Card Winner. Tunefly is an app that specializes in streaming local music for hobbyists, aspiring artists and established performers.

Pictured: Samual J. O'Connell, Lyz Klein, Charlie Lucasavage, Matt Simoncavage



Professor Mark Leffler 

Bill McNally Mentor of the Year Award


Professor Mark Leffler of King’s College was honored with the Bill McNally Mentor of the Year Award.  Mark is a professor of entrepreneurship and management at the McGowan School of Business. He is also the Angelo P. DeCesaris Executive in Residence, an endowed chair that encourages alumni, faculty and students to work together to create new and innovative opportunities.

Pictured: Professor Mark Leffler

The tecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition invites entrepreneurs from across the region to pitch their emerging and early stage ventures to win a share of more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. tecBRIDGE is an economic development organization headquartered in Scranton, focused on building entrepreneurship, innovation and the knowledge economy of Northeastern Pennsylvania.


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