Duo ‘strong arms’ competition

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The co-founders of Strong Arm Technologies Inc. continue to score recognition for their entrepreneurial muscle. RIT students Justin Hillery and Sean Petterson are the grand-prize winners of the 2012 New York State Business Plan Competition.

Hillery and Petterson were awarded $50,000 in cash and $20,000 worth of in-kind services in the competition, which featured student-led startups from across the state.

The team also earned top honors at the 2012 Rochester Regional Business Plan Contest, where they won a grand prize of $25,000.

And they placed first overall at the Open Minds Competition, part of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance 16th annual conference.

The students developed a form-fitting garment that incorporates a system of load-bearing straps that allows workers to lift heavy objects with significantly less risk of injury. They were featured in the Fall 2011 University Magazine. To read more, go to http://bit.ly/nPjjUh.