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Two Wofford College students with a fourth-place finish in a statewide venture pitch competition last week won the college’s sixth annual Terrier StartUp Challenge.

Cassie Figueroa ’24 and Alec Schrader ’24 won $4,500 of the contest’s $10,000 in start-up funding for their concept Campus Connections. The business is a consolidated website where college students can offer services, including haircuts, photography, oil changes, rides, etc. Students wanting to use those services could book appointments and pay through the website. “Alec and I have a lot of passion and enthusiasm, and we are excited to get started,” says Figueroa, a business economics major from Fredonia, North Carolina. “Our next step is to file for an LLC and develop software to launch our platform. The funds from tonight will help us get there and achieve those goals. We truly see this growing into a massive platform, the market is so huge with 20 million college students.”

Figueroa and Schrader finished fourth in the 60-team field for SC Innovates on Nov. 10 and won $750. “Tonight was very reassuring,” says Schrader, a biology and finance major from Fredonia. “It gave us the validation to jumpstart Campus Connections starting right here at Wofford. We plan on quickly expanding to colleges throughout the country. Seeing all of the other great entrepreneurs at the Terrier StartUp Challenge was awesome, and we can’t wait to help them market and grow their ventures through our platform. We are in contact with other investors and hoping to accelerate the launch of Campus Connections.” … Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Summer Mitchell from Brocton, and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry received a promotion to the rank of specialist on Oct. 5. Jeremy Rodriguez from Fredonia and assigned to the Company A, 642nd Aviation Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of specialist on Oct. 17. Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

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