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Youngstown State University Williamson College of Business Administration awarded the annual John Burgan Entrepreneurship Award to senior student, Andrew Boyer.  The $2,400 award, established by Patrick Burgan in honor of his father, John Burgan, was awarded to Boyer, a Computer-Digital-Electrical Engineering major, to help continue his start-up lighting, sound, and networking technology business.  Boyer was selected from all eligible entries and proposals from YSU students who are aspiring entrepreneurs with established solutions or businesses they currently offer while in school.  For the first time since the award was created in 2019, a $500 honorable mention award was presented to Annabelle Himes.

"The second year of the John Burgan Entrepreneurship Award brought more interest this year from YSU students looking to make their dreams of owning and growing their own business a reality," said Patrick Burgan, co-broker and second-generation owner of Burgan Real Estate, who created this award in honor of his father in 2019. "We are constantly impressed with the talent and passion the students delivered with their entries and wanted to reward two individuals this year.  Andrew clearly separated himself, continuing to serve as a testament to the talent and passion YSU continues to foster in its students.  We are excited to assist Andrew and Annabelle with a financial award for all of their hard work in representing the spirit this award was meant to recognize." 

Established in 2018, Boyer and fellow YSU student, John Galvin of Howland, founded Chromaticity Technologies. The company, specializing in special effects lighting, sound, and networking technology, was contracted by BRITE Energy Innovators last Fall for a project on David Grohl Alley, a small street just a block off Courthouse Square in downtown Warren. The project featured a 70-foot-long canopy of 26,000-LED lights as well as a four-speaker system synced to the LEDs to add more to the alley named after 2-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician/songwriter/performer and Warren native, David Grohl, founder of the Foo Fighters and former drummer of Nirvana. 

With the number of entries received this year, YSU  decided to recognize a second submission with a $500 honorable mention award.  This is the first year of this additional cash prize and it was awarded to Annabelle Himes, a freshman Business major whose start-up company called, Heroes and Tiaras, brings popular characters to life at parties and special events. 

Proposals were due in February and presentations to a panel of judges were conducted via online video conference in April.  The entries, submitted from a variety of majors at YSU were evaluated on numerous attributes including the feasibility of implementation, assessment of market conditions and demand, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit.  The 3-5 page proposal outlined the business idea and how the prize of $2,400 would be used to advance the business idea.  Businesses did not have to exist in order to be considered

The idea for this prize goes back to when Patrick Burgan was just 10 years old and spoke to his father about a business idea he had to sell custom watches to commemorate an anniversary of an automotive vehicle he liked.  John Burgan provided his son with $2,400 to start this business.  This early vote of confidence and financial assistance helped Patrick start this first business venture, which sold out of the 100 watches he created.  His father helped Patrick invest his profits and, at the age of 17, the investment and earnings were used to purchase Patrick's first house, which ignited his love of real estate, where he now is co-owner of the fastest growing real estate brand in the Mahoning Valley, a company his father started 44 years ago.  The John Burgan Entrepreneurship Prize is awarded to the winner of the YSU Williamson College of Business Administration's Entrepreneurship Center Business Plan Competition, which seeks innovative business ideas from students. 


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