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Former central NY science teacher among finalists for $1 million Genius NY prize

Five teams are competing for $1 million in investment funding through the Genius NY competition, a one year, in-residence startup accelerator for businesses involved with drones and other technology. The startup companies come from around the world to Syracuse. But one finalist is a former middle school science teacher from central New York. 

To make it into the top five, Jason Dean, founder and CEO of Eget Liber, knew he had to come up with a solution to a local problem. So, he opened the newspaper and read about harmful algal blooms. “I thought that was the perfect environmental issue to tackle," Dean said. "We spent months developing and building the current machine that we have now, that localizes and irradiates blue-green algae at the source.”

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