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BioCurity Wins $25,000 in Rollins Venture Plan Competition

March 26, 2013 - The Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College announced today that BioCurity, developers of RadGuard™ a nanoparticle radioprotectant that mitigates damage from radiation exposure in cancer treatment and terrorist radiation threats, has been named the winner of this year’s Rollins Venture Plan Challenge. The company is awarded a $25,000 cash prize, as well as additional services beneficial to growing the company.

The Rollins Venture Plan Challenge is coordinated annually by the student-run Rollins Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO). Participants compete for a cash prize pool of $40,000 to invest directly in their businesses. Winners are chosen by a panel of distinguished judges, all of whom are successful investors and entrepreneurs. The competition is in its eighth year.

“The Rollins Venture Plan Competition was designed to encourage and enable Rollins students and alumni to develop a viable business plan that could be introduced to the marketplace,” said Dr. Craig McAllaster, Dean of the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. “In keeping with our MBA program goals, our resources allow each finalist the opportunity to gain authentic experiences and exposure to a network most helpful for the process. We congratulate BioCurity for the ability to execute on the ideas outlined in the business plan and look forward to what they have in store for the future.”

In addition to BioCurity, this year’s Rollins MBA Venture Challenge place winners included Frontline Technology Solutions, developer of the Navi-Tablet designed to replace the standard rental GPS sold at every car rental location – taking second place and a $10,000 cash prize; SIP Natural Cocktails, a 100% all-natural, low calorie, premium vodka based ready-to-pour (cocktail product that will introduce three proprietary flavors to the $715.6 million U.S. pre-mixed cocktail market – taking third place and a $1,000 cash prize; and Juntura Group, an organization transforming patented technologies from NASA and other groups into commercial products – taking fourth place and a $1,000 cash prize.

Other recognized winners of the competition include 4Girls, which provides a universal framework of afterschool programming to empower young women in impoverished cities worldwide to raise their social standards and bolster a lifetime of confidence. 4Girls was awarded both the Best Social Venture Plan and the Best Full-Time Student Venture Plan – taking home two cash prizes of $1,000 each. Additionally, SunCycle Bicycle Sharing, an automated network to rent bicycles void of heavy, expensive infrastructure, won the Best Green Technology Plan and a $1,000 cash prize.

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