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Local Entrepreneurs Win Thousands At SU's Shore Hatchery Competition

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SALISBURY, Md. - $200,000 of investments were on the line for local entrepreneurs at the 6th annual Shore Hatchery competition at Salisbury University.

The top prize of $35,000 went to Hivelend, a company that helps farmers through bee pollination.  But that was not the only pitch utilizing agricultural technology.

Zach Marnane, CEO of MadTech, uses drones to help farmers save money through operations. 

"We optimize what a farmer does from his nutrient plans to his drainage plans and alike and basically allow him to have complete control over his entire farming operation," Marnane said.

Marnane's company won $30,000 at Friday's competition.  He says he plans to use it to buy more drones and software for the company.

Byron D'Mello, Co-Founder of Goba Tea, hoped to get $30,000, but was unsuccessful.  Goba Tea capitalized on the growing bubble tea trend.

"What's so great about our product is we created the first bottled version. Currently, like you said, people have to drive 20 or 30 minutes and take time out of their day to go to a store to pick it up. Versus now you can have it in your fridge, at your convenience at your own time," D'Mello said.

Director of Shore Hatchery Bill Burke says over the last five years, competition winners have created 226 jobs and $16 million in revenue.  

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