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03-15-2013

Clarkson University Students Win at SUNY Plattsburgh Free Enterprise Olympics

Four Clarkson University students put their creativity and innovation to the test at the SUNY Plattsburgh Free Enterprise Olympics and Speak-Off Competition earlier this month.

TRemy Cholhan '15, Bryce Bandish '15, Feroz Khalidi '16, and Emily Saramak '13he Clarkson team, sponsored by the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, was composed of Bryce Bandish '15, a chemistry major from East Dummerston, Vt.; Feroz Khalidi ‘16, a bimolecular science major from Chester, N.Y.; Emily Saramak '13, an innovation and entrepreneurship major from Lake View, N.Y.; and Remy Cholhan '15, a biology major from Rochester, N.Y.

Bandish won $750 by  placing first in the individual competition, the “Speak-Off,” while the team received $100 in Amazon gift cards for placing second in the “Creativity Challenge” and $300 for winning third in the overall competition.

Bandish presented a three- to five-minute speech on an entrepreneurship topic of his choice to win the Speak-Off.

In the team competition, the students brainstormed a new purpose and market for Muller’s Smart Carts, which are primarily used in gardens. The Clarkson team proposed that the aluminum cart-on-wheels could be used for purposes at racetracks.

In the “Creativity Challenge,” the Clarkson students were asked to come up with a new name for the Free Enterprise Olympics, proposing the “Free Enterprise Summit” as an alternative.

This was SUNY Plattsburgh’s first Free Enterprise Olympics, which aimed to better inform students about free enterprise and encourage and reward students’ creativity and innovation.

Bandish said the competition involved a nearly 12-hour-long day of work. “It was challenging and I look back with a new respect for everyone on my team. We worked hard, laughed, and succeeded in both team events. Everyone contributed to the success of our presentation.”

“The schools and participants involved are what made this competition great,” added Saramak. “Everyone was friendly yet competitive, which sparked a lot of innovative ideas.”

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo Caption: Four Clarkson University students successfully competed in the Free Enterprise Olympics and Speak-Off competition recently held at SUNY Plattsburgh. From left: Remy Cholhan '15, Bryce Bandish '15, Feroz Khalidi '16, and Emily Saramak '13.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/plattsburgh-competition.jpg.]
[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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