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RvD IDEA Awards Application Due: Mar, 06

The Raymond von Dran (RvD) IDEA Awards provide seed funding to student ventures and innovations. Funding is awarded to student companies to cover start-up expenses while student teams are working over the summer to move their ventures forward. Student expenses may include salaries of company owners and employees, marketing, legal, website, and other expenses related to starting a venture.

The awards allow students to start for-profit or nonprofit ventures in Central New York. The winners of the RvD IDEA competition automatically qualify for the New York State Business Plan Competition.

In 2014 there will be six RvD IDEA Award competition categories:

Biotech/Healthcare
Energy/Sustainability
Products & Services
Software/IT
Nanotech/High-Tech
Social/Non-profit

March 7, 2014

Deadline for applications of all categories for RvD IDEA Awards. You must apply on the RvD IDEA website and provide all requested information.

March 10 – Wednesday, March 27, 2014

Applicants will meet with a judge for a first round interview. Applicants will be contacted by Stacey Keefe (sekeefe@syr.edu) to schedule the interview. Applicants are highly encouraged to meet with Stacey Keefe and/or Tony Kershaw (alkersha@syr.edu) before the March 7th deadline, and before submitting an application.

Finalists who complete the steps above will be notified and asked to pitch to a distinguished panel of alumni and community judges at the Emerging Talk Conference on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

April 12
All finalists will be required to prepare a 10-slide deck according to instructions. Winners are automatically considered applicants for the New York State Business Plan competition held in Albany later in the month. Sample slide decks can be obtained through the IDEA office.

Submit your venture here:

http://idea.syr.edu/venture-application/

Be sure to select that you would like to apply to the RvD IDEA Awards and fill in the required fields.

Students are eligible to receive an RvD IDEA Award if they meet the following requirements:

Awardees must be matriculated undergraduate or graduate students in good standing as of the spring semester at a university or college that is an Angel Sponsor of the competition. Teams must have at least one member from a university or college that is sponsoring the competition, students must own 75 percent of the venture, and must own the intellectual property of their idea.

Awardees must meet with a designated campus entrepreneurial advisor (the IDEA office will pair you with an advisor) and commit to a plan for the development of their idea, business, or nonprofit organization. After approval of this plan and the associated deliverables, awardees receive fifty percent of their awarded funding. The other fifty percent is received after the awardees meet their first set of deliverables (typically in 6-12 weeks).

Awardees are expected to apply for office space in the RvD IDEA Student Sandbox at The Tech Garden, which is done separately on the Sandbox website or in the Couri Hatchery, an incubator in the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship on the SU campus.  Both the Couri Hatchery and the RvD IDEA Student Sandbox provide great networking environments where like-minded entrepreneurial students collaborate with each other.

Students are eligible to apply and compete in the New York State Business Plan Competition semi-finals if they are students in good standing at a college or university in the Central New York Economic Development Region as defined by New York State (http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/)

Click here for application criteria for the NYBPC.

Students from a college or university that is NOT an Angel Sponsor for RvD IDEA are eligible to be finalists for the NYSBPC, but are not eligible for RvD IDEA funding.

First Round Interview

Applicants will be contacted to schedule a first round interview, which is evaluated on the pitch made to the judge.  Evaluations are based on the following criteria:

• So What?: What is new, unique, or creative about this product or service? How is it different from similar products/services out there? Why is it important?

• Who Cares?: Is there a market locally, nationally, or internationally for this product or service? If this is a social/nonprofit venture, is there a significant need being met?

• Why You?: Does the individual or team have the ability, skills, and passion to implement this business or nonprofit? To produce the product? If this requires technology or production of a prototype, does someone on the team have the necessary skills to do it?

• Presentation and Q&A: Clear, concise, and effective overview of the venture, product, or service. Did the team succinctly respond to judges’ inquiries and give substantive answers?

 

Final Round

Finalists will be invited to pitch at the RvD IDEA Awards competition, which takes place at Emerging Talk on Saturday, April 12, 2014. This competition also serves as the NYBPC Central Region semi-finals. All students presenting will be asked to submit a 10-slide deck for their presentation. Student teams are evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges. Student teams are evaluated on the same criteria as those listed above. Additional information will be made available to the finalists.

2014 Winners (those with an asterisk were invited to compete in the New York State Business Plan Competition finals)

Energy and Sustainability

  • Solstice Power*, a supplier of combined heat & power solar technology that provides low cost heat and electrical energy to customers as a supplement to the utilities or primary source of energy, created by James Shomar (SU, MS Entrepreneurship) and Griffin Kearney (SU, masters in mechanical aerospace engineering and applied mathematics), $10,000

Healthcare/Biotech

  • ElectroChem Tracking*, a biosensor that monitors hip implant corrosion levels with the ability to communicate through Bluetooth to an app on a computer or tablet, created by David Pierre (SU, PhD candidate in bioengineering) and Corey Jackson (SU, iSchool PhD candidate), $7,500
  • KneeDoc*, a diagnostic knee brace accessory for patients recovering from knee-related injuries/surgery, created by Philip Choiniere (SU, biomedical engineering), Nikolay Rodionov (SU, B.S. biomedical engineering/MBA finance and supply chain management), Weston Ryan (SU, biomedical engineering), Anthony Caporizzo (SU, biomedical engineering), and Elliott Russell (SU, biomedical engineering), $3,500
  • Automated External Defibrillator, an AED system that will utilize the computing power of a smartphone, created by Elliott Russell (SU, biomedical engineering), Austin Miller (SU, international relations/economics), Kevin Aziz (SU, computer science), and Harlan Toussaint (SU, mechanical engineering), $2,000
  • Contact, a device that will allow users to more intuitively communicate kinesthetic information to a computer, created by Benjamin Marggraf (SU, biomedical engineering) and Timothy Meyer (SU, mechanical engineering), $2,000

High Tech

  • Beam-Break*, an electronic device that provides touchscreen capabilities to computers, created by Nick Danyluk (SU, electrical engineering), $1,000

Information Technology

  • TOCK*, an anti-social media mobile application that engages users to disengage from their phones, created by Rachel Samples (SU, television, radio, film), Pat McGowan (SU, industrial design), Mike Escalante (SU, computer engineer), Jacquie Greco (SU, masters, public communications), $7,500
  • Compas*, an event management service for student organizations at college campuses, created by Billy Ceskavich (SU, information management and technology, political science), Tom Charles (SU, magazine journalism), and Linda Gorman (SU, public communications), $7,500
  • 196abroad, a microblogging service that allows students to connect with other student peers by posting about their own experiences studying abroad, created by Nata Barbosa (SU, information management and technology), $3,500
  • Kiem Tech, a app company that makes apps for touchless interfaces, created by Jay Getman (SU, information technology and management) and Alexander Krapf (SU, information management and technology), $3,500
  • A+ttendance, a software and hardware solution that allows professors to swipe students in to track attendance, created by Max Matthews (SU, information technology and management), $1,000
  • Adventure Filled, a mobile application, a social community, and a movement, which connects adventurers with fellow adventurers and outdoor brands, created by Laurie Tewksbury (SU, information technology and management), $1,000

Products and Services

  • buildPathways*, a mind-mapping tool for educators and their students, created by Koby Brandstein (SU, Kauffman Entrepreneurship Engagement Fellow), $8,000
  • Golden Gear*, which provides fighter’s superior quality training equipment for unmatched protection and performance with the mission of significantly reducing the chance of training injuries, created by Danny Goldberg (SU, information management and technology), $5,000
  • MOUNTech, which designs easy-to-use mounts for the field of action sport videography, created by Nate Forer (SU, aerospace engineering), Niel Lewis (SU, aerospace engineering), and Geoff Carr (University of Arizona, physiology), $4,000
  • ThunderCakes, a remote location bakery on the Syracuse University campus specializing in custom order cakes, fundraising for organizations, and corporate catering, created by Courtnee Futch (SU, communication and rhetorical studies), $3,000
  • Azeer, which focuses specifically on designing chic bras, bathing suits, lingerie, and sports bras for women, created by Eileen Bell (SU, finance, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprise) and Paige Chilson (management at High Point University), $3,000

Social and Nonprofit

  • Centscere, which makes people more charitable through social media, created by Ian Dickerson (SU, Kauffman Entrepreneurship Engagement Fellow), Frank Taylor (SU, masters, public communications), and Mike Smith (SU ’13), $8,000
  • Advlo*, which serves as a community marketplace that empowers locals to upload and offer adventures and allows travelers to search and book these adventures on-site, created by Jonathan Maser (SU, marketing, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises), Jeff Fine (SU, television, radio, film), Shayan Dhanani (SU, computer science), Miguel Sancho (SU, computer science and information technology at Havanah University), Caroline Castro (SU, graphic design), and Willy Smith (SU, arts and sciences), $5,000
  • Sweetest Magazine*, the latest female authority on all things fashion and culture, with a feminist twist, created by Taylyn Washington-Harmon (SU, magazine), Guaier Huang (SU, psychology and forensic science), Darriea Clark (SU, magazine journalism), Kimberly Skokin (SU, psychology and neuroscience), and Nisha Stickles (SU, magazine and marketing), $5,000
  • Yellow Brick Actors, the first nonprofit pediatric theater program of its kind across the country, created by Gabrielle Kroner (SU, acting), $5,000
  • Syracuse Fringe Festival, an annual performing arts festival that gives local and regional artists the opportunity to perform their work in front of audiences, created by Justin Sullivan (SU, arts leadership), $2,000

2013 Winners

Energy and Sustainability

  • Avatar Sustainable Technologies, which creates energy from cellulose waste, created by Bhavin Bhayani (SUNY-ESF, PhD candidate, bioprocess engineering), $10,000
  • El Dorado Energy, Inc., which provides consumers in the emerging markets with the gold standard in energy, created by Kiven Pierre (SU, masters in business administration), $10,000
  • Busme, an app that crowd sources information to show the current position of busses in a public transportation system, created by Nikolay Rodionov (SU, bioengineering, and finance and supply chain management) and Polar Humann (SU, PhD, 2008), $10,000
  • SunRazors, which brings clean solar electricity to Mexican villages and gives communities the opportunity for social and economic development through micro-finance, created by Anna Ebers (SUNY ESF, PhD candidate, energy economics), $10,000
  • Trifecta, an integrated, energy-efficient system for growing leafy greens, tilapia, and gourmet mushrooms, created by Matthew Gretton (SUNY-ESF, environmental studies: communications, culture, and writing), $10,000

High Tech

  • Elbow Room, a people counting infrastructure that gives real-time analytics, created by Ryan St. Pierre (SU, systems and information science), $5,000
  • MOUNTech, which designs easy-to-use mounts for the field of action sport vidography, created by Nate Forer (SU, aerospace engineering), Niel Lewis (SU, aerospace engineering), and Geoff Carr (University of Arizona, physiology), $10,000
  • Regattable, which is creating a portable sailboat, founded by Anthony DiMare (SU, mechanical engineering), Julian Capriles (SU, mechanical engineering), and Nicholas Poorman (SUNY Oswego, computer science), $5,000

Healthcare/Biotech

  • Carrying Oxygen, a bag which allows oxygen users to carry oxygen tanks with comfort and confidence, created by Jaimie Gerst (SU, industrial and interaction design), $10,000
  • Dry Ice Synthesis for Developing Nations, which provides a sustainable and practical method to synthesize dry ice with limited access to resources in developing nations for the purpose of transporting biological samples and medical products, created by Rebecca Dudley (SU, bioengineering), Dennis Frazer (SU, bioengineering), Seong-Yoon Cho (SU, bioengineering), Gabriel Phillip (SU, bioengineering), and Alexa Deininger (SU, bioengineering),  $5,000
  • Vuelo Horse Boot, a low-cost diabetes testing device used by patients to check their daily glucose levels, created by Brooke Zotara (SU, mechanical engineering) and Dawit Mulate (SU, mechanical engineering), $10,000

Software/Information Technology

  • Droppin, a location-based conversation tool that enables people who are nearby to engage in a way never possible before, created by Aidan Cunniffe (SU, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises) and Nate Frechette (LeMoyne College, business management and leadership), $10,000
  • HookItUp, which is creating a more efficient and simple manual that can be customized to whichever products the customer is using, created by Barnett Klane (SU, marketing), Eric Filkins (SU, computer art), and Corinee Halpern (SU, communications design), $5,000
  • Tricky, a trick sharing app for skateboarders that turns every day skating into a competition among skaters around the country, created by Will Bater (SU, information technology and management), $5,000

Products and Services

  • Blu Arc Media, a digital signage advertising network, created by Scot Friedberg (SU, finance), $5,000
  • MoreStick, a product that helps lipstick users gain easy access to the approximately 30% of lipstick stuck at the bottom of the used lipstick tube, created by DeBorah Little (SU, information management and technology), $5,000
  • OPENLift, a product that allows people to more easily work on their own cars, created by Nick Dorfer (SU, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises and accounting), $5,000
  • ThunderCakes, a remote location bakery on the Syracuse University campus specializing in custom order cakes, fundraising for organizations, and corporate catering, created by Courtnee Futch (SU, pre-medicine), $5,000

Social and Nonprofit

  • Congo Leadership Initiative, an initiative which develops the next generation of leaders to be catalysts for peace and prosperity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Emily Ballard, deputy director (SU, international relations and policy studies), $5,000
  • Gambia Lifewater Project, which rehabilitates and repairs broken and abandoned hand pumps to improve clean water access for rural communities in Gambia, West Africa, Jeremy Mak, managing director (SU, masters in international relations), $5,000
  • Projectionary, a product that allows people to more easily work on their own cars, created by Nick Dorfer (SU, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises and accounting), $10,000
  • Refuse 2 Lose, Inc., an organization formed to help spread respect, discipline, and integrity to the youth of New York State through martial arts, created by Nicholas Cain (SU, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises), $5,000

2012 Winners

For profit/Private enterprise

  • ChaseMyRacer, a mobile/web platform that supports race spectators by allowing them to follow their favorite athletes along the course and navigate through the race day with ease, created by Jennifer Hawk (SU, Masters in Information Management) and Keisuke Inoue (SU iSchool PhD candidate), $5,000
  • Craftistas, a monthly subscription website that sends premium do-it-yourself craft kits to your doorstep each month, created by Camille Malkiewicz (SU, Advertising), $10,000
  • Danielle Rose Bean, a self-taught one-woman show with a fascination for turning old trinkets and treasures into unique and one of a kind wearable jewelry art pieces, created by Danielle Quigley (SU, Writing), $5,000
  • Fiesta Frog, a website that automatically updates users about what is happening in their area and allows promoters to easily advertise events, created by Kyle McShane (SU, Masters in Information Management), Gerald Decelian (SU, Information Management and Technology), Benjamin Joseph (SU, Philosophy), and Dylan Hsu (SU, Physics and Applied Mathematics), $5,000
  • Innovative Delivery Systems, a web app that enables stadiums and arenas to reach spectators during events, created by Dietrich Diehl (Clarkson University, Global Supply Chain Management) and Andrew Wegner (Clarkson University, Finance Information and Analysis), $5,000
  • Little Tinker, a company that builds physical products that bring the digital world into the real world, created by Isaac Budmen (SU, Policy Studies) and Christopher Azar (SU, Graphic Design and Public Policy), $5,000
  • New Histories Jewelry, a line of rings based on important pieces from over 100,000 years of jewelry history, created by Tessa Kennedy (SU, Masters in Jewelry and Metalsmithing), $5,000
  • UpFront, a mobile app that changes the way people wait in line for a table at a busy restaurant, created by Nick Mancini (SU, Information Management and Technology),  $10,000

Nonprofit/Social enterprise

  • Cinecuse, an organization dedicated to fostering independent filmmaking in the city of Syracuse, created by Theodore Schaefer (SU, Film), Jamil Munoz (SU, Film), and Vasilios Papaioannu (SU, Masters in Film), $5,000
  • Know Your Neighbor, which provides literacy enrichment, cultural exchange, and entrepreneurial services to refugee women in Syracuse, created by Daniel Cowen (SU, Political Science/Policy Studies), $5,000
  • Moriartsy, an arts entrepreneurship and sustainability agency offering research, consultation, and event coordination for the creative industries, created by Caitlin Moriarty (SU, Music Industry), $5,000
  • Vitality Magazine, which provides a platform for aspiring artists in fashion, music, art, and literature by enabling them to publish, promote, and sell their work, created by Alexandra Ruffing (SU, Public Relations/Marketing) and Debbie Lechtman (SU, Magazine Journalism), $5,000

Idea/Product/Service

  • Cliquer, which offers high school students a simple and more social way to transition from high school into college, created by Joshua Langtry (Clarkson University, Innovation and Entrepreneurship), $2,000
  • MOUNTech, which designs innovative, easy to use mounts for the burgeoning field of action sport videography, created by Nathaniel Forer (SU, Aerospace Engineering), Niel Lewis (SU, Aerospace Engineering), and Geoff Carr (University of Arizona, Physiology),  $2,000
  • poke&swipe, a low-cost diabetes testing device used by patients to check their daily glucose levels, created by Seong-Yoon Cho (SU, Bioengineering), Sangeun Cho (SU, Electrical Engineering), Keonwook Nam (SU, Bioengineering), and Jonathan Chu (SU, Finance and Public Relations), $2,000
  • PsyQic, a mobile/web service that allows people to exchange questions and predictions about the future on various topics, created by Keisuke Inoue (SU iSchool PhD candidate) and Bin Zhu (SU, Masters in Information Management), $2,000
  • ShowCode, a software application that will provide architects, contractors, builders, and engineers with real-time building code analysis for computer-generated models, created by Nathan Aleskovsky (SU, Masters in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises) and Michael Holborn (Yale University, Masters of Architecture), $2,000
  • Tension-Based Prosthetic Control System, a force-based prosthetic platform, in the form of an orthotic and prosthetic system, for amputees, created by Ian Gellman (SU, Bioengineering) and Ginger Gunnip (SU, Bioengineering), $2,000
  • The Palette, an e-commerce site and mobile pop-up shop where Syracuse University students can promote and sell their artwork, created by Emelia Natalicchio (SU, Fashion Design) and Gianna Foltz (SU, Fashion Design and Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises), $2,000
  • Uvalue, a social e-commerce marketplace that allows students to share items they no longer need with other students on campus, created by Joshua Anderson (SU, Masters in Information Management),  $2,000

Green idea/product/service

  • Buffet-Complete, a design for a food service buffet console that utilizes the refrigerator from the salad bar to heat the trays in the hot section, created by Cody Rickman (SUNY-ESF, Environmental Science), $2,000
  • Eleuthrotech Agri-Solutions, which will market a proven, natural immune stimulant complex to various agricultural operations, created by Danielle Thiele (SUNY-ESF, Environmental Biology) and Zachary Powers (SUNY-ESF, Biotechnology and Chemistry), $5,000
  • Environmentali-tee, an environmentally conscious, socially responsible company that promotes this mindset through the form of inside out screen printed shirts, created by Matthew Maynard (SU, Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy), $5,000
  • ESF Small Municipality Waste to Energy Module, which will convert small town municipal solid waste and sewage sludge to electricity and liquid fuels, created by Richard Bates (SUNY-ESF, PhD candidate in Bioprocess Engineering), $5,000
  • Green Vendors, Inc., which intends to install and operate electric vehicle chargers modified to simultaneously charge cars and provide outlets for mobile food vendors, created by Michael Dubrovsky (SUNY-ESF, Chemistry) and Ben Randolph (SUNY-ESF, Natural Resources Management), $5,000
  • Mean GREEN Pathogen Inactivation Machine, a process to inactivate pathogens in human waste to decrease the spread of disease, created by Rita Edwards, Brent Hill, Yong Chen, Susan Furest, Bianca Joachim, and Ying Zhuo (all SU Bioengineering majors), $2,000
  • Micro-Hydro Consultants, which is developing a geo-spatial model that can predict the amount of hydropower that can be generated from a stream, created by Prakhyat Jung Thapa (SUNY-ESF, Conservation Biology), Jonathan McDonald (SUNY-ESF, Environmental Science), and Nishan Bhattarai (SUNY-ESF, PhD candidate in Geo-spatial Information Science and Engineering), $2,000
  • Spirit of Syracuse Distillery, a business located in the City of Syracuse that seeks to produce the finest quality hand-crafted cider, plain and flavored vodkas, gin, and applejack made from locally sourced apples, created by James Smyth (SU, Civil Engineering) and Jonathan Smyth (SU, Geography and Public Policy), and Tamera Knight (Onondaga Community College, Environmental Science), $10,000
  • WaterPort, which will create a portable and self-sustained rainwater harvesting system to turn rain into potable water in impoverished villages, created by Chris Grant (SU, Finance and Real Estate), $10,000
  • Zero-Waste Food Processing, which will curb greenhouse gas emissions, reduce demand on the world’s oceans, develop a zero-waste food production operation, and make products, created by Michael Amadori (SUNY-ESF, Masters in Ecological Engineering), $10,000

The Burton Blatt Institute provided $1,000 for students with a venture, product, or service that helps improve the lives of those living with a disability, or a venture that was started by a student living with a disability.  The award was given to Tension-Based Prosthetic Control System, a force-based prosthetic platform for amputees, created by Ian Gellman (SU, Bioengineering) and Ginger Gunnip (SU, Bioengineering).

2011 Winners

  • Activ Music Agency LLC, a concert booking company that allows fans to use social media to request songs during a show, run by Ade Coker G’11 (SU – Newhouse), $5,000
  • bloodhound, a mobile application that aggregates data about your favorite celebrities and authors, run by Ashley Christiano G’11 (SU – Newhouse), $5,000
  • Broodr, an e-commerce marketplace for inventions, unique designs, and products, run by Jason Blanck G’11 (SU – Newhouse), $5,000
  • iGetMoreFit, a technology that allows users to plan, record, and analyze their work-out on the display of their iPhone or iPod Touch, run by Corey Gibson ‘12 (SU – Whitman), $5,000
  • Lujo, a custom mobile application solutions company within the health and fitness fields that allows users to implement changes to their diet and exercise, run by Luana Ramcharran ‘10 (SU – Visual & Performing Arts/L.C. Smith/Arts & Sciences), Joseph DeLeo G’11 (SU – Newhouse), and Ernest Blaszczyk  G’08 (SU – L.C. Smith), $10,000
  • Meeting Sprout, an online calendar-based platform that allows people to more easily organize and schedule their lives, run by Kevin Kettell ‘14 (SU – iSchool/Whitman), Blaine Killen ‘14 (SU – Whitman), Jeremy Bernitt ‘14 (SU – iSchool), Rayshon Mason ‘14 (SU – iSchool), Chenyu Lin ‘10 (SU – iSchool), Azai Ighodaro ‘09, G‘12 (SU – iSchool), $5,000
  • Rylaxer, a cushion that converts a bed into a couch, run by Ryan Dickerson ‘11 (SU – Maxwell), $5,000
  • SqueezeMyTees, a niche t-shirt company that uses social media to spot trends and events and quickly produces related t-shirts, run by Tory Gentes ‘10 (SU – Whitman), SU Engagement Fellow, and Brian Weinreich ‘10 (SU – Arts & Sciences), SU Engagement Fellow, $5,000
  • The Front, a service for renovating abandoned storefronts into prime real estate and securing long-term tenants, run by Nilus Klingel ‘11, G’12 (SU – Architecture), and Stephen Klimek ‘11, G’12 (SU – Architecture), $5,000
  • Touch-Not, a product that enables a device to be controlled without physical, visual, or audible contact from the user, run by William Jay Hotaling ‘12 (SU – Whitman), $10,000
  • Venue Spy, a company that sells high-definition audio and video capturing equipment to venue owners to facilitate live music and events, run by Matthew James Sullivan ‘11 (SU – Whitman), Kerry Thomas Maguire ‘12 (SU – Visual & Performing Arts), Landon Chase ‘11 (SU – Whitman), Reuben Weisfeld ‘11 (SU – Whitman), Nicholas Kowalski ‘12 (SU – Whitman), Bob Ho ‘12 (SU – L.C. Smith), and Erica Riker (Onondaga Community College), $5,000
  • WAVELINK, a company that allows websites to be shared more efficiently than just emailing links, run by Matthew Werbeck G’12 (Lemoyne), Daniel Russell G’12 (Lemoyne), Boya Liu ‘12 (SU – Visual & Performing Arts), and Jeff Hube ‘11 (Rochester Institute of Technology), $5,000

2010 Winners

  • Campus Mosaic, a two-fold venture including the satirical SU web site ’Cuse my Campus and the niche comedic design apparel company Squeeze My Tees, run by Alex Piliouras ’10 (SU – Newhouse), Brian Weinreich ’10 (SU – Arts and Sciences), Tory Gentes ’10 (SU – Whitman), $12,000
  • Capesquared, a web services company, run by Justin Breese ’09, G’10, Shay Colson G’10, and Andrew Farah G’11, all from SU’s iSchool, $4,000
  • DreamFetcher, a connection service for job seekers and employers, run by Austin Curtis (SU – Newhouse), Gerald Decelian (SU – iSchool), and Kyle McShane (SU – Whitman), $4,000
  • graFighters, an online fighting game that brings your sketches to life, run by Eric Cleckner ’10 (SU – Visual & Performing Arts), Dave Chenell ’10 (SU – iSchool), and David Benman, $12,000
  • JamLynx by Manticore Music, an online subscription game/social networking site that allows instrumentalists to play together or in competition with each other, run by Brian Goetsch ’10 (SU – Arts and Sciences), Jerrell Perry ’10 (SU – iSchool), Joe Gennaro ’11 (SU – iSchool), Justin Perry ’10 (SU – iSchool), Kinyatta King ’02, G’09 (SU – Visual & Performing Arts/Whitman), $12,000
  • Safe Sip Tech, a date rape prevention straw that changes color when exposed to drugs, run by Colby Morgan ’10 (SU – iSchool), Meocha M. Belle ’10 (SU – Arts and Sciences), and Putnam David ’10 (SU – iSchool), $4,000
  • Skill Addiction, an online gaming site that offers tournament style skill gaming, run by Ray Williams ’10 and Taylor Louie ’10, both from SU’s Whitman School, $8,000
  • The Front, a service for renovating abandoned storefronts into prime real estate and securing long-term tenants, run by Christopher DePalma ’10, Elizabeth Mikula ’11, Molly Poes ’11, and Stephen Klimek ’10, all from Architecture at SU, $4,000

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