Aspiring students can vie for cash prizes in our shark-tank style competition.

All Adelphi students were eligible to submit a preliminary proposal prior to December 3. Students can participate individually or in teams of up to 5 members.


Four promising student entrepreneurs pitched original business plans to a panel of judges on Tuesday, April 26, at Adelphi's annual Business Plan Competition. The challenge, which took place in the Adelphi University Innovation Center, is a yearly opportunity for competitors to win $11,000 in prizes.

Helping to Launch Your Business

  1. $11,000 in cash prizes*: $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, $2,000 for third place, $1000 in prizes for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
  2. Mentoring and coaching from business leaders and Adelphi faculty for all finalists
  3. Free one-year Wix Business Basic Premium Plan** for all finalists (accept online payments, hosting, custom domain, unlimited bandwidth, 20GB of storage, Wix training). The estimated value of $575+

*Cash prize funding has been provided to the WSB by a generous alumnus, Kevin G. Mahony ‘83.

**Estimated value based on the annual price of Business Basic Premium Plan ($276) and value of advertising credits for users ($300). Plans are available for up to 20 finalists. Wix is a third party and plan characteristics can change.

Important Dates

  • Monday, November 15, 2021 Virtual Brainstorming/Information Session
  • Friday, November 19, 2021 – Reasons Why It Is a Great Time to Start a Business
  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – How to Prepare a Business Proposal Workshop
  • Friday, December 3, 2021 – Preliminary Business Plan deadline
  • Monday, December 13, 2021 – Announcement of finalists
  • Friday, February 4, 2022 – Preparing a business plan, business model, and the business pitch
  • Friday, April 15, 2022 – Full-fledged Business Plan due date
  • Tuesday, April  26, 2022 – Competition day!
    • Location: Innovation Center at Swirbul Library
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Introductions and presentations
      12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Announcement of winners

Competition Winners

First Place & Environmental, Social and Governance
Kayla Strayhorn: BU Rooftop Farming

Second Place
Shuriz Hishmeh ’21: Black Soldier Fly Composting

Third Place
Ruiqin Fu: Boom I Rang

First Place & Best Elevator Pitch
Zameena Jivraj: Healthspace

Second Place
Eric Meirs & Yuleidy Baez: EcoDines

Third Place
Yuanmeng Wang & Nadia Khan: A Light in the Alley

First Place 
Abie Rawad Akhand: Eden Your Garden of Services

Second Place
Elena Garcia: Maven Media

Third Place & Best Elevator Pitch
Samrat Malik: Auto Fire Hazard Control System


First Place
Chitralekha (Pooja) Kar ’18: Garden of Green

Second Place & Best Elevator Pitch
Sarah Ferraro and Sonia Melendez: BitBox Fashion

Third Place 
Ismael Voltaire: Volt Fit Technologies


First Place
Ismael Voltaire: TradeBookz

Second Place
Stefani Kusterbeck: Tryst Cigar Lounge

Third Place
Eric Boehning: Long Beach Body Art

Activities and programs like those communicated on this page contribute to student success. If you would like to support non-curricular programs like those described on this page, please consider joining other alumni and friends by making a contribution to the WSB Student Success fund.  Did you know that the first donors to the fund were our faculty?
Lori Cary
Director for Student Success
Phone Number
Hagedorn Hall of Enterprise 202F
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