A pair of businesses founded by Clarkson University students were recognized in their respective categories in the 11th annual New York Business Plan Competition.
KLAW Industries, co-owned by Jack Lamuraglia ’21, an electrical engineering major, Tanner Wallis ’21, a mechanical engineering major and Jacob Kumpon, a junior at Binghamton University, finished in second place in NYSERDA’s Energy & Environment category and also won the concept stage award. Garden Guardian, owned by Zach Pilarchik ‘22, was named the concept stage winner of the AgTech & Food category.
KLAW Industries turns recycled glass into a pozzolan that is used in concrete manufacturing. KLAW Industries was founded in January 2019 by Lamuraglia, electrical engineering major, and Tanner Wallis ’21, a mechanical engineering major, who teamed up with Jacob Kumpon, a junior at Binghamton University.
“We are honored to have been a part of the New York State Business Plan Competition and to be recognized by the judges,” Lamuraglia said. “We feel extremely lucky to have access to this opportunity and are thankful for everyone at the Shipley Center who has helped us get to this point!”
Garden Guardian is a garden protection alternative to expensive and harmful chemicals. Garden Guardian is made from a high-quality agricultural mesh that is applied like a hairnet around a garden bed.
"For Garden Guardian to be recognized by this competition is a very proud moment for me,” Pilarchik said. “This is my second startup after not even placing in the semifinals in last year's competition. For me to come back with this new product and win a prize in the semifinals and the finals was a great accomplishment for me and it was nice to see my work pay off this year.
Both KLAW Industries and Garden Guardian are part of the Cube, Clarkson University's Student Accelerator run through the Shipley Center for Innovation.
"I am extremely proud of both of these student teams. Their hard work and dedication to their businesses while being full-time students shows their drive and ambition," said Ashley Sweeney, the associate director of the Shipley Center. “The assistance that the Cube offers certainly has paid off this year, with two of the current teams placing in the statewide competition.”