Welcome to the 17th Annual tecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition!
As this year’s Co-Chairs, we are proud to support the great volunteer work that has historically made the
BPC the region’s signature entrepreneurship and innovation event.
This year we are pleased and proud to recognize Ms. Donna Simpson as the Bill McNally Mentor of the
Year Award recipient. Not only has Donna been a long-standing champion of entrepreneurs at the
Scranton Small Business Development Center, we also recognize her for her outstanding mentor service
to the Scranton Area Foundation Women in Philanthropy Group. Well Done Donna!
This year’s Awards Event returns to the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes Barre on Thursday, April
25 th . If you missed it last year, please make sure to drop in to the second annual afterpart at Rodano’s
and celebrate with all of the Finalists.
As we ramp up this year, we wish to extend a special thanks to two important groups that make this
event possible year in and year out. First, our fantastic corporate sponsors that contribute to the cash
prizes and in-kind services that help launch the winning teams. Second, our dedicated group of
volunteers that share their time and talents in Help Sessions, mentoring support, team evaluations, and
event preparation activities.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s 17th Annual Awards Event to network and help select this
year’s Wild Card Winner.
Best of luck to this year’s BPC17 entrants!
Carl Witkowski III
Presido Insurance Group
Chris Kang, Esq.
United Glass Ventures