Press Herald Reports on UMaine Business Challenge Finalists

Finalists for the UMaine Business Challenge, the state’s largest student entrepreneurship competition, were announced in a Portland Press Herald blog post. One of the five finalists will receive a $5,000 award to help develop their idea into a business, according to the article. The UMaine Business Challenge was founded in 2011 by a group of 2010 UMaine graduates who wanted to give back to their alma mater while creating more opportunities for student entrepreneurs. This is the first year in which students from any Maine college or university were invited to apply, the article states. Among those competing in the final live pitch event April 25 are Nadir Yildirim, a UMaine Ph.D. student, who wants to develop eco-friendly products for the insulation, construction and food-packaging industries; and Eddie Gonnella and Cody Rubner from UMaine who are developing an online platform to make it easier for people to organize and plan trips into the Maine woods.