Area students finalists in business plan competition

Two students from the Crossroads Business Journal region are continuing to the final round of the 13th annual Collegiate Student Business Plan Competition, hosted by West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics.

Advancing are:

• William James Renner, a Shepherd University business administration major, with his business, Loudoun Aerial Solutions LLC. The company provides photography, orthomosaic mapping, 3D modeling and inspection services by drone.

• Caroline Thorp, an agribusiness student at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, with her plan for Hydro Sustainable LLC.

The competition is hosted by the College of Business and Economics at WVU.

Students are competing for a grand prize of $10,000, in addition to receiving free legal and accounting advice, and for the opportunity to start a new business in the state.

The finals are scheduled for April 12 at the High Technology Consortium in Fairmont, W.Va.