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2016 ELI teams crd

An innovative business idea that will give iPhone users a safe, convenient way to charge their phones at night has earned four graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) an exclusive college scholarship offer from Eastern Kentucky University.

Grace Sink, 16, a student at Oneida Baptist Institute in Clay County; Carly Paige Upchurch, 17, a student at Clinton County High School; Anna Grace Zehr, 16, a student at Whitley County High School; and Colton Morrow, 15,  a student at Wayne County High School, won this year’s ELI Business Concept Challenge Competition for their iPhone bedside charging station.

The Charging Charlie, a small, wireless docking station, was selected by a panel of judges as the top business concept from five business plans presented at the competition.

Each member of the ELI CC Inc. winning team will receive a college scholarship offer from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond valued at $13,600 over a four-year period.

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