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Business Plan Winner Heads to California Dreamin' Competition Friday

April 21, 2014

White Light Medical, the first-place winner of the 2014 Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition, will be pitching its business anew at Friday's California Dreamin' Competition at Chapman University.

The White Light Medical is a start-up medical device firm developing a low-cost, smarter pedicle probe for the accurate placement of screws in spinal fusion surgeries.

The team is led by Andre Conde of Fullerton, a senior business administration-finance/accounting major, working with Anvesh Annadanam and Luis Herrera, biomedical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University. They won a $3,000 scholarship and more than $11,000 in in-kind services.

The other winners in the April 11 contest were:

Second Place — Eagle Eye Engineering, a business to develop and fabricate an archery target system that allows archers to emulate the physical action and form required to shoot outdoor target distances within the distance limit of an indoor range. Team members are mechanical engineering majors Jordan Tran of Brea, Rohullah Latif of La Habra, Nick Hymer of Orange, Sean Morgan of Irvine and Joseph Shamblin of San Marcos. They received a $1,000 scholarship and more than $9,000 in in-kind services.

Third Place — Coromi Rentals, proposed by senior business administration-entrepreneurship major Quinn Royston of Orange, an Internet service that provides listings of rental homes or apartments and their pet policies. Royston was awarded a $500 scholarship and $800 in in-kind services.

In addition, the Ed Huizinga Innovative Idea Awards were presented during the competition.

The top honor, of a $1,500 scholarship, was awarded to BliviO Technologies, a company developing a high-quality sound reduction system for outdoor use. The team members are senior business administration-accounting majors Amerika Bernal of Anaheim and Stephan Kungl of Anaheim, and senior mechanical engineering major Andreas Schauer of Vallejo.

Runner-up awards of $500 scholarships were awarded to the three business plan winners.

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