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The Vortex Wins 2020 Mayo Business Competition

The Vortex Wins 2020 Mayo Business Competition

The 2020 Mayo Business Plan Competition took place on Thursday, April 23, 2020. A recording of the competition is available here.

Congratulations to the competition winners, Jake DeGennaro ’21 (mechanical engineering) and Alexander Iorio ’21 (civil engineering) of team The Vortex. The team won the $30,000 grand prize.

The Vortex developed a device of the same name that provides an innovative way of maintaining and disposing waste fishing line. Recreational fishing maintains an important role in sustainable management of resources, economic development, and data collection. It is vital to limit pollution and continue working towards sustainable recreational fishing habits. The Vortex allows recreational anglers a quick and easy way to help limit their environmental footprint and keep our waters pollution-free.

Second place went to Sree Chinta ’22 (biology), Arshya Chopra ’22 (accounting), and Svanik Shirodkar ’22 (computer science) of team EmpowerMe. In third place were Brian Fardman ’20 (health and exercise science) and Alicia Podwojniak ’20 (biology) of team BAC Lock. EmpowerMe and BAC Lock were awarded $20,000 and $10,000, respectively.

Congratulations to all of this year’s participants!


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