Business Plan Competition
Aspiring students can vie for cash prizes in our shark-tank style competition.
All Adelphi students are eligible. Students can participate individually or in teams of 2-5 members.
Finalists will present their proposals to a panel of judges drawn from our faculty and industry leaders, competing to win $11,000 in cash prizes: $5,000 for first prize, $3,000 for second, $2,000 for third and a $1,000 award for best socially responsible approach.
Helping to Launch Your Business
- $11,000 in cash prizes*: $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, $2,000 for third place, $1000 in prizes for best socially responsible approach
- Mentoring and coaching from business leaders and Adelphi faculty for all finalists
How to Apply to the Competition
Proposals will be reviewed for innovation and viability. Select participants will move to the finalist round to prepare full-fledged plans.
Contestants present their full-fledged business plan to a panel of judges, showcasing their proposed product or service or solution.
- Location: Ruth S. Harley University Center, Rm. 113-115
- Time: 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
- Yui Tim Yip: 99New
- Susan Oo, Aung Khant Myo: Burmese TeaThology
- Alexandra Campbell: Campbell Postmodern Counseling
- Casey Recci, Matias Hoyos, Thiago Negrao, Hugo Munoz Reinoso: Campus Trade
- Thomas Horsley, Marko Jovanovic, Viktor Hockl: GlobalLink Corp
- Kristen Flores: Voice to Vision
- John and Mark X. Cronin, founders of John’s Crazy Socks and both EO members. Before the competition began, this father-son team talked to the students about the importance of a purpose-driven business.
- Stephen Cheng, JD, associate attorney with Meyer Suozzi
- Pawneet Abramowski, MBA ‘07, founder of PARC Solutions
- James Reed, founder of AffordablePatio.com and mentor of EO Long Island Accelerator
- Nick Sterlacci ‘19, co-founder of OneDeal
- Zachary Johnson, PhD, founder of ProfVal, an EO member and Willumstad School associate professor of decision sciences and marketing
Lori Cary, director for student success, and Murat Erogul, associate professor of management, were involved throughout the development process. Dr. Erogul provided mentorship, training, and advice to students.
- Matt Tesoriero, Founder of Guac Shop Mexican Grill
- Lisa Marie Meehan, Owner of The Anne Brower School
- Jennifer DeVito, CEO of Evolution Real Estate
- John & Mark X. Cronin, Owners of John’s Crazy Socks
- Steven Cheng, Corporate Associate at Meyer Suozzi
- Eric Alexander, Director & Founder Vision Long Island.
Zachary Johnson, founder of ProfVal and professor), Lori Cary, director for student success, and Murat Erogul, associate professor of management, were involved throughout the development process.
- Wednesday, October 11, 2023 – Virtual Information Session
- Monday, October 30, 2023 – Preliminary business proposal due date
- Friday, November 10, 2023 – Announcement of finalists
- Thursday, February 22, 2024 – Full-fledged Business Plan due date
- Friday, March 1, 2024 – Competition day!
Monish Churaman and Amita Radakichenane: SmileLab Printing Technologies
Ashley Zingale: Money Moving Up
Third Place and Best Socially-Responsible Approach
Gloria Gantt: Better Health Connects
First Place & Environmental, Social and Governance
Kayla Strayhorn: BU Rooftop Farming
Shuriz Hishmeh ’21: Black Soldier Fly Composting
Ruiqin Fu: Boom I Rang
First Place & Best Elevator Pitch
Zameena Jivraj: Healthspace
Eric Meirs & Yuleidy Baez: EcoDines
Yuanmeng Wang & Nadia Khan: A Light in the Alley
Abie Rawad Akhand: Eden Your Garden of Services
Elena Garcia: Maven Media
Third Place & Best Elevator Pitch
Samrat Malik: Auto Fire Hazard Control System
Chitralekha (Pooja) Kar ’18: Garden of Green
Second Place & Best Elevator Pitch
Sarah Ferraro and Sonia Melendez: BitBox Fashion
Ismael Voltaire: Volt Fit Technologies
Ismael Voltaire: TradeBookz
Stefani Kusterbeck: Tryst Cigar Lounge
Eric Boehning: Long Beach Body Art