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Dr. Greeshma Gadikota, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, during her pitch presentation.

On Friday, Oct. 21, the Eclectic Convergence conference took place on the Cornell Tech campus in New York City, sponsored and hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell. The daylong event included talks from six entrepreneurs, business executives and venture capitalists, as well as a pitch competition among business founders from Cornell’s Ithaca campus, Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine.

Greeshma Gadikota, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Ithaca campus, won the top prize of $5,000 during the event’s pitch competition for her company, Carbon to Stone, which uses technology she invented to capture carbon dioxide from industrial emissions and convert it into solid calcium and magnesium carbonates.

“A lot of companies have reached out to us; they need help managing the vast amounts of CO2 they’re creating,” she said, adding that she’s already working on pilot projects with two New York state companies.

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