Sixth Annual Business Plan Challenge

On Wednesday, April 29, the International Business and Entrepreneurship Signature Academic Program hosted the Sixth Annual Business Plan Challenge. Students competed in classroom business plan competitions, with the top six teams moving on to pitch their original business ideas to a panel of judges. This year’s final rounds took place virtually, as teams presented business plans that covered a wide spectrum of problems and opportunities.

Watch their pitches here.

The winning team of Ale Antorcha ’22, Marcelo Barrera ’22, Michael Politis ’22, and Matteo Wakeman ’22 created Kairos, an app that helps students easily navigate the complex college financial aid process.

In second place was Antonia Lemann ‘22 and Phelipe Lyra ‘22, for Clever Can, their creation of a company that provides a wi-fi enabled attachment for garbage cans, making the recycling process easier.

Protech! took third place, as Carina Villalona ‘22 and Colin Lewis ‘22 pitched a company that manufactures a safe and chip designed to keep firearms safe.

Also competing in the semifinal round were:

Hygenia: Sugarless gum that cleans, whitens and protects teeth
Phillip Connor ’22, Gonzalo Miranda Bembibre ’22

Quick ‘n Dry: Nail polish that dries almost instantly
Bella Boyer ’21, Jeronimo Leon Rodriguez ’21, Sophia Marshall ’21

Paul’s Pot Popped Popcorn: Healthy popcorn that tastes like at the movies
Nicholas Avellan ’21, Paul-Andre Emden ’21

InBox: A subscription box service catering to older adults
Isabel Cuellar ’21, Ian Martin ’22, Elizabeth Rivabem ’22

Coal Sole: An eco-friendly product used to eliminate the foul odors in shoes
Maddie Hughes ‘22, Oliver Pratt ‘22, Jaime Perez-Bedmar Merello ‘20