Hudson -- The businesses ideas from six groups "pitched" their plans to a panel of judges for cash prizes.

The six groups had been narrowed down from 44 applicants.

The Hudson Library & Historical Society's first ever Pitch Night competition on Oct. 28 awarded cash prizes to three technology-based businesses.

There were 44 entries to the competition and six companies selected to "pitch" their business idea to the judges. The finalists had 20 minutes to present their idea and answer questions.

First place prize of $3,000 was awarded to Kelcey Lehrich and Justin Scheeff, co-founders of eCollect LLC, a payment processing company that specializes in recovering returned checks.

The second place winners, earning $1,500, were John DiGennaro and Matt Hadgis, co-founders of Qwickly LLC, a productivity platform for university faculty and students.

Betsie Saltzberg, president of the Pepper Pike company Student Records Relocation, was awarded $500 for third place.

The judging panel consisted of George Buzzy of TECHudson, Youngstown Business Incubator and JumpStart; John Dearborn, president of JumpStart, Cliff Reynolds, co-director of GLIDE; and Jim Cossler of YBI.

In addition to the three winners, the following companies competed for the prize money: Citizen Synch represented by Zac Sebo, Darren Millas and Chris Haynes; FloralFax founder Todd Ramablais; and Prezto Inc. founder Anne Jiao.

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation provided the funds for the prize money through a special grant to the library's Entrepreneurship Center.