Entrepreneurs win thousands of dollars in SIU’s 2023 business plan competition

Winners of the competition

With the grand prize check are (from left) Melissa Ray Roach, director of entrepreneurship and business development and of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU; Matt Harmon, Regions Bank assistant vice president; Scott Hamilton-Brehm of Thermaquatica; Constantinos Tsatsoulis, SIU vice chancellor for research and graduate school dean, and SIU Chief of Staff Matt Baughman. (Photo provided)

December 08, 2023

Entrepreneurs win thousands of dollars in SIU’s 2023 business plan competition

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and ingenuity of Southern Illinoisans were celebrated at the recent Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and $20,000 dollars in cash and prizes were awarded.

In the Southern Illinois Business Plan Competition Powered by Regions Bank, Thermaquatica, a Carbondale carbon-recycling company represented by Scott Hamilton-Brehm, took first place honors and $5,000 cash along with $2,000 in marketing services from the Arthur Agency, a one-hour strategy session and five hours of legal work from Legal Advocacy Headquarters.

Also claiming top prizes were:

  • Second: Harrison Sleep Lab, a Du Quoin health care business, represented by Chad Harris. Second prize included $3,000, along with a one-hour strategy session and three hours of legal work from Legal Advocacy Headquarters.

Sony’s Ci Media Cloud Platform Announces New “Business Plan” and Enhanced Functionality

Ci Media Cloud has updated its offerings to include a plan optimized for small and medium businesses and added valuable functionality including Ci Transfer, a new desktop file transfer app, and enhanced support for Dolby Atmos audio files.

“We’re continually evolving our Ci platform to better address users’ needs and become an even more intrinsic part of their daily workflow,” says David Rosen, Vice President of Cloud Applications and Services, Sony Electronics. “With the addition of a plan created to address the requirements and budget of small and medium businesses, a rich new desktop app experience, and Dolby Atmos audio for immersive, authentic sound, we’re making Ci even more accessible, easy to use, and powerful for creatives and organizations in every facet of the industry.”

Business Plan Update

Ci just launched a new Business Plan as an addition to the Free, Pro, and Team online plans, which complements the custom Enterprise and Enterprise+ offerings. Optimized for independent creators or organizations with multiple teams, this online subscription option is a step up from Ci’s more introductory Team subscription. At about $249 a month (USD), businesses can create unlimited[1] Workspaces, access 1 TB (terabyte) of active storage, take advantage of 4