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Graduate Students Headed to Atlanta for National Business Plan Competition

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A team of Morgan State University graduates students will compete in a national business plan competition next month, thanks to their victory in a campus-wide qualifier held last month in the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management.

Rogelio (Roger) C. Agbanlog, Calvin L. Smith, Jr., Marvin Desmond Carr, Abdul Alim Khan, and Kenneth Edward Davis Jr., ‘proprietors’ of Hyrotech Engineering International, earned $1,750 for their win in the inaugural MSU Innovation and Entrepreneurship competition. The team will represent Morgan State in the Thurgood Marshall Fund National Business Plan Competition in Atlanta on April 10-13, where they will compete for $27,000 in prizes and more than half a million dollars in venture capital.

Hyrotech outlasted six other teams and more than 60 other undergraduate and graduate students in competition, which required all teams to present a 15-minute outline of their business plans to a panel of regional and national entrepreneurs, Dr. Jayfus Doswell, CEO of Juxtopia; Ms. Jennifer Hammaker, Program Manager for the Maryland Innovation Initiative; and Mr. Stu Tobin, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Thunderbolt Global Logistics.