Startup Summit 2023

March 27th - 31st, Starkville, MS
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About Startup Summit

Compete for $40,000 in prizes!

Pitch your business idea for a chance to win cash prizes to help you jumpstart your startup. You will be evaluated based on your 5-minute presentation on proposed technology, management, financials, and market by industry-respected leaders serving as judges from companies all across the region.

Teams

22

Judges

10

Competitions

40,000

$ Dollars in Prizes

Event Schedule

Competition Break-down

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  • Day 1

    Mar 27, 2023

  • Day 2

    Mar 28, 2023

  • Day 3

    Mar 29, 2023

  • Day 4

    Mar 30, 2023

  • Day 5

    Mar 31, 2023

  • 4:30 - 5:15pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Opening Reception

    Join us as we kick-off Startup Summit 2023! Network with other entrepereneurs and enjoy hors d'oeuvres!

  • 5:30 - 7:00pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Elevator Pitch Competition (Group A)

    1st Place: $1,000   2nd Place: $500   3rd Place: $250

    Think you have a good business idea? Present your business idea before a panel of judges and see how it compares to the ideas of your fellow students. The winner will receive $1,000 for the best 90-second pitch. The term "elevator pitch" captures the ability of an entrepreneur to have his or her business concept down so tightly and effectively that he or she could walk into a hypothetical elevator, meet a potential investor, and convey the essence of his or her business by the time the elevator reaches the 20th floor. You should be able to deliver your pitch in 90 seconds.

    This is the first of two groups.

  • 3:30 - 5:00pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Elevator Pitch Competition (Group B)

    1st Place: $1,000   2nd Place: $500   3rd Place: $250

    Think you have a good business idea? Present your business idea before a panel of judges and see how it compares to the ideas of your fellow students. The winner will receive $1,000 for the best 90-second pitch. The term "elevator pitch" captures the ability of an entrepreneur to have his or her business concept down so tightly and effectively that he or she could walk into a hypothetical elevator, meet a potential investor, and convey the essence of his or her business by the time the elevator reaches the 20th floor. You should be able to deliver your pitch in 90 seconds.

    This is the second of two groups.

  • 5:30 - 7:00pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Business Concept Competition (Group A)

    1st Place: $1,000   2nd Place: $500   3rd Place: $250

    The Business Concept Competition is an opportunity to pitch a raw business idea. Participating teams will typically have not begun any execution, and teams will be evaluated on the overall feasibility and potential of the idea.

  • 7:15 - 8:45pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    New Product Division I Competition

    1st Place: $2,500   2nd Place: $1,000   3rd Place: $500

    This division is for entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize a new innovation-based product that can scale internationally. The Division I includes teams who have not built a customer-ready prototype or if participating in VentureCatalyst, would generally be before ECAB. Examples: signal searching drone, light-up ice cube, new video game, etc.

  • 3:30 - 5:00pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Best Brand Division Competition

    1st Place: $2,500   2nd Place: $1,000   3rd Place: $500

    This division is for people who working on creating the next popular online brand. This brand needs to have a strong platform that will appeal to its target customer with evidence of what it will be selling. Examples: new clothing brand, coffee brand, sports brand, etc.

  • 5:30 - 7:00pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Business Concept Competition (Group B)

    1st Place: $1,000   2nd Place: $500   3rd Place: $250

    The Business Concept Competition is an opportunity to pitch a raw business idea. Participating teams will typically have not begun any execution, and teams will be evaluated on the overall feasibility and potential of the idea.

  • 7:15 - 8:45pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    New Product Division II Competition

    1st Place: $2,500   2nd Place: $1,000   3rd Place: $500

    This division is for entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize a new innovation-based product that can scale internationally. The Division II includes teams who have built a prototype or if participating in VentureCatalyst, would generally be after PREP and before ECAB. Examples: signal searching drone, light-up ice cube, new video game, etc.

  • 3:30 - 5:00pm  |  McCool Hall, Room 126

    Guest Talk: Mr. Will Bunker

    Founder of Match.com and General Partner at GrowthX

    Will Bunker is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor in San Francisco, California. He is the co-founder of GrowthX and board member of the Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate. During the Dot-com Boom of the 1990s, Will founded popular dating site One & Only which became the largest online dating site of the 90s with only $100K in capital, elling in 1999 for $47.5 million and later became part of Match.com. Prior to technology, Will consulted for NB Hunt and served in the United States Marine Corps. Will graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Will is an avid speaker and blogger on entrepreneurship, including feature interviews by TiE and Mixergy. Mr. Bunker launched a micro-VC fund (https://growthx.com/) geared toward startups where marketing is a key competitive advantage, and is co-founder of Tradecraft (http://www.tradecraft.com) which is a bootcamp for training traction specialist in 3 tracks: Sales/Biz Dev, Digital Marketing, and User Experience.

  • 5:30 - 7:00pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Brick and Mortar Division Competition

    1st Place: $2,500   2nd Place: $1,000   3rd Place: $500

    This division is for people who are working on a retail, service, or lifestyle company that will be brick and mortar. Examples: new coffee shop, local boutique, repair service, etc.

  • 7:15 - 8:45pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    New Product Division III Competition

    1st Place: $2,500   2nd Place: $1,000   3rd Place: $500

    This division is for entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize a new innovation-based product that can scale internationally. The Division III includes teams who have built a customer-ready prototype or if participating in VentureCatalyst, would generally be after ECAB. Examples: signal searching drone, light-up ice cube, new video game, etc.

  • 2:00 - 3:00pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    BankTEL Grand Finale Competition

    1st Place: $7,000   2nd Place: $3,000   3rd Place: $1,000

    The BankTEL Grand Finale is composed of the winners of all 5 preceding competitions to name one startup to take home the grand prize!

  • 3:30 - 4:30pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony

    Join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages as we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Mississippi State University and the Bulldog Family!

Meet the Presenters

Business Concept Competition (Group A)

Business Concept A - 1st Place and Business Concept A - Peoples Choice — $1,250.00

Napsac

Founder(s): Ethan Holder       Luke Snell      

External frame backpacks whose frames convert to hammock stands or cots. Designed for backpack camping.

Business Concept A - 2nd Place — $500.00

ShowStakes

Founder(s): Zac Bratton      

ShowStakes is an app that allows users to place predictions on upcoming seasons of their favorite television shows, movies, musical artists albums/songs, and more in efforts to win cash prizes.

Business Concept A - 3rd Place — $250.00

TestWell

Founder(s): Sara Grace Vought       Allison Pendleton       Jaliyah Snaer      

Our business idea is a carcinogenic test strip accompanied by an app to access the results via a chip in the test strip. The app will have a premium membership feature allowing access to health related articles and resources.

Garys Adventurous Drones

Founder(s): Garrett Alston      

This business is an aerial photography and video drone shots from the skies. We specialize in taking photos and videos to the next level with the advancement of drone technology. We go off to client locations where they would like to be filmed with a cool videographic experience.

Alpha Scooters

Founder(s): Abhilash Nallagoni Abhilash      

Alpha Scooters are 100% customizable scooters which can be handpicked varying from wheels, alloy material, frame, lights, battery, board size and shape and the entire scooter.

Rallyball Fantasy Baseball

Founder(s): Clayton Pettway       Hayden Alcorn      

This app would be the game within the game. Specifically tailored to baseball, this app is for the avid sports lover or the casual fan looking for more stake in the game. We are looking to shift the focus of gambling to smaller more interactive monetary bets with not as much risk. The game consists of 2-4 players using a single team's lineup with winnings and losses based on player performance. This idea can help the casual fan develop a deeper passion for the game while potentially cashing in on your buddys bad luck.

OutrageUs

Founder(s): Samantha Gregore      

OutrageUs aims to bring a new era of entertainment to the Starkville area with the goal of eventual expansion to other cities. This company will be a combination of indoor axe throwing and "rage room" with an outdoor activity component, similar in style to playground equipment. I want all consumers to find enjoyment in the business experience; however, my target market is more closely related to those seeking an alternative to the typical activities Starkville has to offer.

New Product Division I Competition

New Product I - 1st Place — $2,500.00

LO Bra

Founder(s): Sadie Ogletree       Elizabeth Strunk       Hannah Smith      

This is a bra for breast cancer patients who have a chemo port. It is a comfortable, visually aesthetic, and life-saving bra that will detect early signs of infection in chemo ports through a sensor built into the bra.

New Product I - 2nd Place and New Product I - Peoples Choice — $1,250.00

MagneBrite

Founder(s): Jack Miller       Frank Mueller       Dylan Suddarth      

A versatile, hands-free flashlight that straps to the underside of the users wrist such that it effortlessly illuminates the intricate workspace in environments involving dexterous jobs, such as the engine bay of a car. This light also contains magnets on its underside that allow it to be detached from its wrist strap and be placed on a nearby metal object to provide a compact stationary light source. Additionally, the tip will have a 90 degree range of motion to allow the user to adjust the angle of the light and tailor its illumination to the job at hand.

New Product I - 3rd Place — $500.00

Modified Charnley Retractor

Founder(s): McKinna Powell       Xavier Person       Mary Fidler      

A modified Charnley retractor that can be used for patients of all BMIs undergoing acetabular or pelvic fracture surgery.

Drink your fortune

Founder(s): Tianna Francis      

A drinking game based on the wheel of fortune. You spin the game around, pick a card, and drink.

SPEAR

Founder(s): Taylor Holley       Hayes Haff       Sam Cooper      

A robotic platform geared towards increasing efficiency for multiple industries. This platform is designed for a toolbox to mount on top of it, and it will provide customers with automated routes within a controlled environment.

Aether Energy

Founder(s): Samuel Bates      

Aether Energy aims to use the gasification of renewable woody biomass to produce high-purity, carbon-neutral hydrogen gas at a lower cost than conventional production methods. This Hydrogen can be sold for use in the production of anhydrous ammonia, direct iron ore reduction for steel production, and in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Patent - Carbon Emission Filter

Founder(s): Connor Quin       Eli Herrington      

For the past year, I and my partner have been researching methods of absorbing and recycling Carbon Emissions from petrol-coal sources, including road vehicles, energy plants, aircraft, and industrial factories. Because this idea is for a patent, Im very limited on how much information I can reveal on the process.

Best Brand Division Competition

Best Brand - 1st Place and Best Brand - Peoples Choice — $2,750.00

GoatTeez Apparel

Founder(s): Devin Duncan      

GoatTeez Apparel is a streetwear clothing brand that I founded in 2018 and I have built it from the ground up, in which it has made a pretty big impact on campus and within North Mississippi and I want to continue to grow and expand this brand through any way possible!

Best Brand - 2nd Place — $1,000.00

2OfficialKustoms

Founder(s): Calysia Moore      

2OFFICIALKUSTOMS specializes in personalizing shoes, apparel, backpacks, and many more for our customers. Not only that, but we restore and customize torn/ripped clothing, broken handbags, and even beat up shoes that haven't been worn in years or simply collecting dust in your closet from the comfort of your own home.

Best Brand - 3rd Place — $500.00

GreenBrew Coffee

Founder(s): Ethan Pinkerton      

An online coffee and delivery shop providing college students with coffee in the most convenient way!

Claw

Founder(s): Austin Wheeler      

Claw fitness will represent the future of gym apparel through unique, ambitious, and versatile animal-based designs. The heart of the brand will be its boldness, ferocity, quality, and unrelenting presence (all qualities of a well-rounded workout). The mission is to ensure that customers are able to look good, feel good, and perform good.

The Top Spot

Founder(s): Abdias Simpore      

Top Spot frames is developing a diverse line of high fashion sunglasses, a potentially lucrative business that allows us to source high-quality eyewear for children, teenagers, and adults. The company will produce exclusive branded sunglasses and packaging.

4theKids

Founder(s): Carter McIlwain       Christopher Bell      

4theKids is a socially responsible clothing company that not only offers stylish and comfortable clothing, but also donates a portion of its profits to childrens hospitals. By shopping with 4theKids, customers can feel good about their purchases knowing that they are supporting a company that cares about the well-being of children in need. With a commitment to both fashion and philanthropy, 4theKids is a brand that anyone can feel proud to wear.

ANT Designs

Founder(s): Ashlyn Triplett      

ANT Designs is a small business that is set on creating unique and beautiful pieces for anyone. Our motto is "Tiny But Powerful" in hopes that every purchase you make will help you make a bold statement

Business Concept Competition (Group B)

Business Concept B - 1st Place — $1,000.00

Poseidons Vaults

Founder(s): Tysonn McKinnon      

Poseidons Vaults is a staffed mobile locker rental business that operates within walking distance of public beaches.

Business Concept B - 2nd Place and Business Concept B - Peoples Choice — $750.00

Bridge to Cyber

Founder(s): Cameron Cummings      

My startup is a cyber security certification exam preparation service that utilizes cognitive recognition and custom learning software to provide personalized study materials and assessments. Our platform caters to individuals seeking to obtain cyber security certifications, as well as organizations that need to train and certify their employees in cyber security. Our mission is to provide an efficient and effective study experience that increases the chances of passing the exam and obtaining the desired certification.

Business Concept B - 3rd Place — $250.00

ROAM

Founder(s): Caroline Smith      

ROAM specializes in smartphone solutions to dramatically improve accurate compass bearings in support of a wide array of customers in land surveying, drone navigation, and hiking.

Outlaw Elixir

Founder(s): Micah Smith       Jon Sanders Watson       Luke Saulters      

A concentrated cocktail that comes in a reusable cup, where just adding water and shaking provides an alcoholic beverage on the go. Cups are reusable, and the cocktail pods need to be refilled.

32 Security

Founder(s): Maria Alvarez Ochoa       Jessie Moon       Luke Tucker      

We own and produce a product that will deter the theft of catalytic converters from various mid-size commercial trucks. This product will be easier to install than all other devices on the market and more difficult to break once properly installed. The simplicity of the design will allow any user to install it with minimal time investment from the owner.

SB Con

Founder(s): Taliyah Thomas       Jaedyn Bridges      

SB Con is a small business consulting firm, that will provide small business owners with everything needed to start and grow their business. This form will be made up of professionals in each category needed to provide the best quality services.

Re-Erasables

Founder(s): Gabe Borden      

My product is a dry erase marker made of recycled material with changeable ink and tips to prevent the need to throw the entire marker away. This is done to reduce waste created by the trashing of one time use plastic dry erase markers.

Instant Icebox

Founder(s): Noah Carpenter       Grant Houston      

Instant Icebox is a product that will allow individuals to turn any backpack into a cooler through an insertable insulating lining.

New Product Division II Competition

New Product II - 1st Place — $2,500.00

Hand

Founder(s): Dennis Smith       Ernesto Borrego      

HAND TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, is a startup that spun off from Mississippi State University. Our team of materials chemists and aerospace engineers have developed a melt-processable, high carbon-yielding resin capable of achieving rapid manufacturing times for thick carbon/carbon (C/C) composites used in hypersonic aircraft, critical for the modernization of US defenses. This resin technology represent a significant process improvement over the current industrial standards and has been recognized as such by the hypersonics materials community. We have successfully tested a pilot production to provide several kilos for test panels and are currently in a development stage where field tests can be done.

New Product II - 2nd Place — $1,000.00

Recallr

Founder(s): Jacob Wilson      

A learning and memory app that goes beyond flashcards to allow for efficient and customizable study of information. As easy to use as Quizlet, and as powerful as Anki.

New Product II - 3rd Place — $500.00

BECReative Energy

Founder(s): Ben Gibens       Colby Freeman      

BECReative Energy focuses on Bio-Energy Carbon Removal, a process that uses biomass to generate energy while capturing carbon dioxide for effective net CO2 removal. Our team aims to create a new source of clean energy and an additional revenue stream for customers in the biomass industries by implementing a fit-to-scale, high-efficiency capture system that easily integrates with existing facilities. Our team is actively developing our carbon capture solution here at Mississippi State with funding from the XPRIZE Carbon Removal Student Team Awards while engaging with future customers to accelerate the commercialization process.

New Product II - Peoples Choice — $250.00

SHINE

Founder(s): Jaliyah Snaer      

Light up device that has interchangeable attachments. Main purpose is to use during the MSU light show at the football games but can be used for other nighttime events. The backs and fronts will be interchangeable, so you can attach it to your cowbell (with a magnet), your bag (with a clip), or your wrist and cowbell (with a strap). The top in interchangeable in the way that you can buy different cap designs or customize one for the event of your choosing.

Channel Roots

Founder(s): Liam Reynolds      

Channel Roots is a Mississippi-based startup producing hydroponic fruits and vegetables in a controlled environment. Our automated hydroponic process ensures clean, healthy and longer-lasting produce, while increasing crop yields and quality. We aim to impact socio-economic situations in small and large areas of the state while improving global carbon capture, automation and technology. Our goal is to scale up and serve the entire state, making fresh and healthy food options available to all, while promoting sustainability and innovation.

Luck N Pluck

Founder(s): Michael Mapp       Max Burge      

Luck N Pluck aims to create a series of collectibles centered around an adventure. Each product is a new moment in the heros adventure.

Brick and Mortar Division Competition

Brick and Mortar - 1st Place — $2,500.00

Startup Sequence

Founder(s): Zakevion Taylor       Renzo Calderon       Michael Robinson      

Startup Sequence is a tech repair service aimed towards students, staff, faculty, and visitors on campus. Startup Sequence offers affordable prices and high quality services for all.

Brick and Mortar - 2nd Place and Brick and Mortar - Peoples Choice — $1,250.00

LBAS

Founder(s): Lawson Shaw       Lee Bowman      

Drone photography and videography service-based company that focuses on primary residential real estate. Services include, not are not limited to, Instagram reels, HD aerial photos, and any other aerial coverage solutions.

Brick and Mortar - 3rd Place — $500.00

KolJone Group

Founder(s): Anisa Jones       Robert Kolbila      

Kol-Jones group is a social enterprise formed in 2022. We are agribusiness focused with operational interest in West Africa. Our priority commodity is handcrafted shea nuts and shea butter oil. We aggregate and process fresh shea nuts and butter from rural processors and sell to exporters and processors. The global shea butter industry in 2020 was valued above $1.7 billion and is projected to reach $3 billion by 2027 due to food and cosmetic industry demands. In our pilot phase (2021), we made 80% profit through aggregation from rural shea processors and selling to exporters and processors in a year.

MAD Thrift

Founder(s): Martha Anne Dyer      

MAD Thrift will be a buy-sell-trade thrift store meaning that customers will be able to sell in their clothes for cash on-hand or store credit. Items accept and sold will be curated to the latest trends in the college student market.

Aytchs Kitchen

Founder(s): Isaiah Aytch      

My business is making great food for people on campus.

Nightlife Entertainment

Founder(s): Julia Marshall      

Nightlife Entertainment is a brick and mortar entertainment center that features fun activities such as bumper cars, mini golf, bowling, as well as a small bar.

Total Regeneration Fitness

Founder(s): James Triplett       Christopher Williams      

Total Regeneration Fitness (TRF) is a holistic fitness and health concept that offers a complete fitness experience by combining an incredibly-well equipped gym with a regenerative foods nutrition center and consumer-focused clinics/workshops. TRF provides cutting-edge education, fitness training, and phytonutrient-rich foods sourced directly from verified regenerative farms, addressing complete individual body, gut, and mental health while simultaneously addressing environmental health. TRF is positioned to serve a population base of all generations, ranging from Baby Boomers to Gen Z, with a particular focus on the 18-40-year-old age group.

PS Jewelry

Founder(s): Patricia Sanchez      

I have a jewelry brand, where I make handmade jewelry in gold and silver. I make personalized pieces like earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets.

New Product Division III Competition

New Product III - 1st Place — $2,500.00

Diversified Food Solutions

Founder(s): Sawyer Wyatt Smith      

Diversified Food Solutions is a food science startup company. Our main focus: 1) An edible film compound that when when applied to dry cured ham, effectively prevents mites, in replacement to Methyl Bromide, a Class I ozone depleting substance. 2) Pioneering, inventing, and licensing university inventions and bring them to market. 3) Ignite Mississippis food science presence, and increase food security.

New Product III - 2nd Place — $1,000.00

New Wave Plastics

Founder(s): Joey Daniels      

New Wave Plastics will be a business that provides single-use PHA based cups to bars, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. for the purpose of being environmentally friendly. NWP will accomplish this task by thermoforming PHA resin into cups, screen printing a label on the cup, and selling directly to other businesses.

New Product III - 3rd Place — $500.00

CastleTec

Founder(s): Martin Hillman      

CastleTec uses 3D printing to help responsible gun owners safely display their firearms

New Product III - Peoples Choice — $250.00

Delta Swapz

Founder(s): Pierce Cole       John Eric Clark      

An innovation to the crankbait.

EZ Glide

Founder(s): Trent Parker      

Our Product is a pair of portable barbell grip that moves laterally along the barbell. Providing a much larger range of motion and exponentially increasing the effectiveness of ones workout. Can be used for chest, shoulders and bicep/tricep workouts.

Hush Puppy

Founder(s): Garrison Walker      

A magnetized plastic construct designed to keep the clapper quiet in a cowbell when not in use.

Seco Workwear

Founder(s): Gram Denning      

My company will provide innovative solutions to managing sweat in fast-paced and dirty work environments. We will specifically target industries where PPE is required by providing an aftermarket retrofit solution that increases comfort and hygiene in a convenient and unobtrusive way.

Booze Bells

Founder(s): Tate Chatham      

Booze Bells is a Mississippi State and cowbell themed line of dinkware and bar products.

BankTEL Grand Finale Competition

BankTEL Finale - 1st Place — $7,000.00

LO Bra

Founder(s): Sadie Ogletree       Elizabeth Strunk       Hannah Smith      

This is a bra for breast cancer patients who have a chemo port. It is a comfortable, visually aesthetic, and life-saving bra that will detect early signs of infection in chemo ports through a sensor built into the bra.

BankTEL Finale - 2nd Place — $3,000.00

Napsac

Founder(s): Ethan Holder       Luke Snell      

External frame backpacks whose frames convert to hammock stands or cots. Designed for backpack camping.

BankTEL Finale - 3rd Place — $1,500.00

New Wave Plastics

Founder(s): Joey Daniels      

New Wave Plastics will be a business that provides single-use PHA based cups to bars, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. for the purpose of being environmentally friendly. NWP will accomplish this task by thermoforming PHA resin into cups, screen printing a label on the cup, and selling directly to other businesses.

BankTEL Finale - Peoples Choice — $500.00

Startup Sequence

Founder(s): Zakevion Taylor       Renzo Calderon       Michael Robinson      

Startup Sequence is a tech repair service aimed towards students, staff, faculty, and visitors on campus. Startup Sequence offers affordable prices and high quality services for all.

Poseidons Vaults

Founder(s): Tysonn McKinnon      

Poseidons Vaults is a staffed mobile locker rental business that operates within walking distance of public beaches.

GoatTeez Apparel

Founder(s): Devin Duncan      

GoatTeez Apparel is a streetwear clothing brand that I founded in 2018 and I have built it from the ground up, in which it has made a pretty big impact on campus and within North Mississippi and I want to continue to grow and expand this brand through any way possible!

Hand

Founder(s): Dennis Smith       Ernesto Borrego      

HAND TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, is a startup that spun off from Mississippi State University. Our team of materials chemists and aerospace engineers have developed a melt-processable, high carbon-yielding resin capable of achieving rapid manufacturing times for thick carbon/carbon (C/C) composites used in hypersonic aircraft, critical for the modernization of US defenses. This resin technology represent a significant process improvement over the current industrial standards and has been recognized as such by the hypersonics materials community. We have successfully tested a pilot production to provide several kilos for test panels and are currently in a development stage where field tests can be done.



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