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Startup Success

CountryBox: Rory Murphy ’17, Henry Crayton ’17 and Lerthon Theuma ’17

The Pride heads to Albany, as four of the seven teams representing Long Island in the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition will be from Hofstra University.

CountryBox, an e-commerce site where international expats can buy care packages filled with foods from their home countries, won $10,000 and placed in the top three at the Regional NYS Business Plan Competition at Farmingdale State College. Team members include: Henry Crayton, Finance, ’17; Rory Murphy, Marketing, ’17; and Lerthon Theuma, Management, ’17. 

The three additional student startups advancing to Albany on April 28 include:

  • LegalSoft, Inc: Developing Cloud-based software for attorneys that will simplify and streamline how attorneys deliver elder law services to their clients. Team members include: Louis DeVito, MS Computer Science, ’18; Jacob Hochendoner, Computer Science and Cyber Security, ’19; and Adam Hussain, Computer Science, ’19.
  • Dr. Multi-Tech: Serving as a smartphone and tablet repair center with college students as the target market. The new service that is being offered is a protection plan for students’ smartphones. Team members include: Ariel Dure, Entrepreneurship, ’17, and Stacie Camirand, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, ’18.
  • Energym: Providing power to bikers on the go by converting energy from their pedaling into electrical energy. Team members include: Michelle Romeo, Business Management, ’20; and Kristopher Wagner, Mechanical Engineering, ’18.

StackHouse, Lifted Roots Vertical Farms (both from Farmingdale) and Caper (from Stony Brook) will also advance to Albany.

Before they hit the road for one of the largest collegiate business plan competitions in the world, CountryBox, LegalSoft, Inc., Dr. Multi-Tech, and Energym will all compete in the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge on April 18. The teams have been working with Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship to prepare for the competition, which will be the largest in the annual series of entrepreneurship contests to date. 

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