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Five years for the Freirich Business Plan Competition

More than 250 students and 150 businesses have entered the Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition since Ken Freirich ’90 established it in 2010 as a way to encourage Skidmore students to "follow their passions" with a transformational entrepreneurial experience that could change their lives forever.

Will the winner be Adirondack Flannel and its Saratoga Shirt? MyCity Brewing and its Buffalo-brewed beer? A next-generation composting service? Or the novel that twin sisters are writing about their great-great-grandmother's emigration from Russia to Turkey after the Bolshevik Revolution? 

After surviving the first round, eight student teams are now focused on the April 10 finals in the for-profit category, while an additional four are competing in a new social entrepreneurship category created in commemoration of the competition’s fifth anniversary.

Presentations by eight student teams in the for-profit and artistic category — which carries a top prize of $20,000 and second- and third-place prizes of $10,000 and $5,000 — will start at 3:30 p.m. in the Filene Recital Hall. Presentations in the social entrepreneurship category will precede them at 1:30 p.m.

Total cash prizes and in-kind legal and accounting services will top $60,000. 

All of the teams have been sharpening their presentations with help from alumni mentors who served as judges in the first round of the competition on February 27.  

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