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    New C-Store Concept Wins Award

    BioMart, an environmentally friendly convenience store envisioned by college sophomore, places second in innovation contest.

    MUNCIE, Ind. -- Although it doesn't currently exist, be on the lookout for BioMart, a self-contained, automated biodeisel convenience store/gas station. The BioMart concept recently placed second in the technology division for Ball State University Innovation Connector's Next Big Thing contest, the Star Press reported.

    In addition to the station's advanced technology, it is also earth friendly. The station would be powered by renewable energy and feature a type of fuel pump that allows customers to select the percentage of diesel to biodiesel blend.

    The founder, Daniel McElroy, a college entrepreneurship major at the university, received $5,000 to get the project started by placing second, the report stated.

    The Next Big Thing is made possible through grants from the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the Center for Media Design and the Midwest Entrepreneurial Education Center, according to the university's Web site.

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