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Kameron Kramer, a 2L, was a member of BrackisH2O, a team that took third place and the vSpring Capital Prize of $5,000 in the Fourth Annual UNM Technology Business Plan Competition. The team's award-winning business plan centered on an eco-friendly antiscalant for the desalination of brackish water in the Southwest.
His teammates were Stephanie Fletcher, a master's accounting student; Dorian McKenzie, a bachelor's student in entrepreneurial studies and Robert Randolph, a bachelor's student in marketing.
Eleven teams competed, including Venture Catalyst, a law-school team made up of Neill Benton (3L), James Burns (2L) and Matthew Sanchez (2L). Their project involved solar power technology using organic carbon nanotubes.
The UNM Technology Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Anderson School of Management, encourages UNM students from all UNM schools and colleges to collaborate on teams that commercialize technology products developed at UNM, Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Lab or elsewhere in the state.
These student-owned startup firms bring inventions from lab to market and have the potential to boost economic development in New Mexico. Top prize for the competition is the $25,000 Michael Gallegos Prize for Entrepreneurship. TVC Lockheed Martin sponsors the $10,000 second place prize, and vSpring Capital offers the third place $5,000 prize.
In the photo, Kameron Kramer is in the center. He is surrounded by, l-r: Dorian McKenzie, Robert Randolph, Stephanie Fletcher and Douglas Brown, dean of the Anderson School of Management.