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Support grows at UVa for student entrepreneurship
The Daily Progress Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10 p.m.
University of Virginia students Payam Pourtaheri and Ameer Shakeel had an idea, but no way to bring it to life.
The students had worked with pharmacology professor Mark Kester on a non-toxic spray that could degrade pesticides — the kind used on food crops — in a few hours. This process usually takes up to two weeks, so the product potentially could be useful to farmers.
Although they had the science down, Pourtaheri and Shakeel weren’t so clear on other things — selling the idea to investors, for one, seemed like a daunting task.

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