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Incubator Tenant Wins Regional Competition

Chamber business incubator tenant Cracked Innovations was one of the winners of tecBRIDGE’s 15th Annual Business Plan Competition, held recently at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

The tecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition invites entrepreneurs from across the region to pitch their emerging and early stage ventures to win a share of more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

Cracked Innovations, located in the Scranton Enterprise Center, won the Non-Collegiate Division of the competition with their WhatNow app. WhatNow is a location-based social network app for meeting people and will be available on iOS and Android later this month.

“We are deeply grateful to the mentors and advisors from the competition and incubator program who helped us get our business on track,” said Kevin Granville, co-founder of Cracked Innovations. “We’re looking forward to being another success story by next year.”

“The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Incubator Program is extremely proud of co-founders Kevin Granville and Candace Allen, as well as their entire team,” said Aaron Whitney, incubator program manager. We congratulate them on their well-deserved victory and we look forward to these entrepreneurs’ continued successes while they grow their company.”

Other winners included Fader Plugs from East Stroudsburg University, which won the Collegiate Division for a patent-pending hearing protection device.  Fader is planning both universal and custom earplug products that provide customers with the ability to adjust sound based on their surroundings.

Tunefly, located in the Twin Stacks Incubator in Dallas, was selected as the Wild Card Winner. Tunefly is an app that specializes in streaming local music for hobbyists, aspiring artists and established performers. Professor Mark Leffler of King’s College was honored with the Bill McNally Mentor of the Year Award.

For more information on the Chamber’s business incubator program, contact Aaron Whitney at (570) 342-7711 or awhitney@scrantonchamber.com.