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

  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 best socially responsible approach
  2. Mentoring and coaching from business leaders and Adelphi faculty for all finalists

First-year students Monish Churaman (front, left) and Amita Radakichenane’s innovative business idea, SmileLab Printing Technologies, won first place ($5,000) in the latest Adelphi University Robert B. Willumstad School of Business Business Plan Competition.

How to Apply to the Competition

Get detailed instructions on what should be included in your preliminary business proposal. Attend an information session and proposal prep (via Zoom) on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 from 1:00 pm-2:15 pm.

Register to attend:

All contestants must submit a preliminary business proposal to

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.

2024 Finalists

  • Yui Tim Yip: 99New
  • Susan Oo, Aung Khant Myo: Burman Avenue
  • 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

2024 Mentors

  • Scott Meyers
    Principal CFO, Sprchrgr
  • Bill Gibbons
    CFO Netwolf Cyber
  • Peter Regina
    CEO Netwolf Cyber
  • Kris Amplo
    Project Manager, J.C. Steel

2024 Judges

  • Marnie Ives, Owner, Kron Chocolatier
  • Zachary Naglieri, Business Analytics Engineer, M13
  • Theodore Massillon, Founder, NOM Media
  • Michael O’Donnell, Clinical Assistant Professor, Decision Science and Marketing, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
  • 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 and mentor of EO Long Island Accelerator
  • Nick Sterlacci19, 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.

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.

Important Dates

  • 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!

Competition Winners

First Place
Monish Churaman and Amita Radakichenane: SmileLab Printing Technologies

Second Place
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

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 202A
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