Story excerpt provided by The Plain Dealer.
Written by Janet H. Cho.
RVS Rubber Solutions, the Case Western Reserve University-based startup founded by sophomore Pavel Galchenko and his best friend, Yohann Samarasinghe, won the $50,000 Cleantech University Prize on Thursday night in Chicago.
Samarasinghe and Galchenko, both 20, beat out seven other campus-based student startups to win the Midwest regional competition of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cleantech competition. They are 2015 graduates of Aurora High School and have been inseparable since the fifth grade.
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Originally published February 10, 2017.