Sage Students Compete in Regional Business Plan Competition

April 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

ALBANY, NY – Four teams of students from Sage College of Albany participated in the regionals of the fifth annual New York Business Plan competition (NYBPC) on April 3. The event was held at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Students were required to present an idea, technology, product or service.

  • “Boom Technology,” designed by Juan Polanco (junior), Juan Alvarez (sophomore), Auslene McDougal (senior), and Gregory Laboy (senior) consisted of a mobile phone application and a password protected wallet-like phone case. A local engineer was impressed with the students’ concept and is meeting with the team to discuss possible development of a prototype. 
  • Shannon Rossi (sophomore) and Arika Hansen (junior) presented “TempRite,” a concept for a temperature controlled medical comfort shoe to help individuals with medical conditions related to illnesses such as diabetes.
  •  Melissa Estremera (sophomore) and Julia Gagnon (sophomore) developeRegional Business Competition 2014d a business plan for “SafeHouse Foods,” a company that produces and sells “nut-free” products. Estremera, who suffers from food allergies and recognizes the need for such products, explained that parents of children with allergies were their target market.
  •  “CulturizeMe,” a mobile application concept that would serve as a tool for international business travelers by providing information about customs, language and cultures, was submitted by David McCarty (senior), Gregory Dunham (junior), Rebecca Lalmohamed (junior), and Jenna-Lee Ciota (junior).

“I am so proud of the ingenuity and creativity that these students put in to the development of their business plans,” exclaimed Kim Fredericks, associate dean of the School of Management at The Sage Colleges. “Not only did they present intriguing concepts for some unique and practical inventions, but they also studied the need for their products, identified a target market and researched the development and design of these concepts. While they are not moving on to the next round of the competition this year, they should feel a sense of accomplishment. It is clear that they have the ability to think outside the box and bring new and innovative ideas to the marketplace.”

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