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The Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition
2012 Winners - Matther Miron '13 and Isaiah Crossman (far right)
2012 Winners - Matther Miron '13 and Isaiah Crossman (far right)
with Ken Freirich (center)

2012: Second Year

Six finalists made presentations at the Surrey-Williamson Inn, vying for $17,500 in prizes.

The winners were:
  • First Place: Grumbul. Isaiah Crossman ‘13 and Matthew Miron ’13 received a cash award of $10,000 for Grumbul, a social-media application they pitched to enable customers to register complaints with companies whose products or services they find disappointing. Crossman said the idea for the app occurred to him when a restaurant served him a bad meal. "I wanted to complain, but I was with my girlfriend and just didn’t want to hassle with it. Later, I wondered: I have an iPhone, so why can't I just solve this problem right now?"

  • Second Place: Wellfleet Sea Salt. Zachary Fagiano ’13 and Hope Schwartz-Leeper ’13 were awarded $5,000 for their plan to make the Wellfleet Sea Salt Company, which harvests sea salt using a new technology they had devised, a national brand. Their products are now available online and at nearly 60 retail outlets. They’re planning a major expansion of their business, developing blends and flavors using local ingredients as well as other original Cape Cod products.

  • Third Place: Rephrase Dance Collective. Dance major Hattie Young ’12 was awarded $2,500 for her plan to develop a new Chicago-based dance company specializing in the production of “flash mobs.”

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