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04-26-2014

Clarkson University's Dietrich Diehl Wins Sigma Nu Tau National Student Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Award

Clarkson University student Dietrich Diehl of Clarence Center, N.Y., has won first place in the Sigma Nu Tau National Student Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Awards for his business OrdrIt LLC, a venture that provides a mobile ordering system and in-seat promotions.

Dietrich Diehl, Sean Cheung, Andrew Wegner and Christopher Behrens.Diehl, a global supply chain management major, is president and executive vice president of operations of OrdrIt, a company he co-founded during his freshman year at Clarkson. He will receive a $500 cash prize and glass table plaque.

"Dietrich's selection as the Sigma Nu Tau National Student Entrepreneur of the Year is validation of his commitment to entrepreneurship and his company OrdrIt," said Clarkson Reh Center for Entrepreneurship Director of Operations Erin Draper. "It's certainly exciting to have the national champion entrepreneur here at Clarkson and we congratulate Dietrich on this prestigious award."

The OrdrIt team created a Web application, which allows spectators to access a stadium’s concession menus and order food from their seats without missing the action.

The company, which began in a first-year business class in fall 2011, is made up of Diehl and Christopher Behrens of Rhinebeck, N.Y, a financial information & analysis major; Andrew J. Wegner of Farmington, N.Y., a financial information & analysis honors program major; and Sean Cheung of Norwich, N.Y., an Arete major, studying both innovation & entrepreneurship, and psychology.

Diehl and the OrdrIt team have won a number of awards, including first place at the New York State Business Plan Competition in 2012 and 2013, and first place at the 2012 University of Colorado Colorado Springs Business Plan Competition.

The OrdrIt team is currently on a year-long co-op working on their company and will be returning to campus for the fall 2014 semester.

Clarkson University students Daegan Gonyer and Matthew Turcotte were first and second runners up, respectively, for the award, last year.

The Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society was established in 2009. The collegiate honor society recognizes students, faculty members, and entrepreneurs who have either excelled in the study of entrepreneurship or who are exemplary models of principled entrepreneurship.

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: Clarkson University student Dietrich Diehl has won first place in the Sigma Nu Tau National Student Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Awards for OrdrIt LLC, a venture he co-founded that provides a mobile ordering system and in-seat promotions. Left to right: Diehl, Sean Cheung, Andrew Wegner and Christopher Behrens.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/ids2012.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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