A Perfect Pitch

Who will strike out and who will knock it out of the park? On April 18, budding entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of judges for a chance to win $1,000 in three minutes at the annual Pace Pitch Contest.

$1,000 in three minutes. That’s more than double what “the Donald” makes.

On April 18, the Entrepreneurship Lab will host the Ninth Annual Pace Pitch Contest from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the NYC Campus.

The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur’s idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.

Each finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a panel of Pace alumni entrepreneur judges and an enthusiastic audience. Cash prizes will be awarded. $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

This year, all six finalist teams at the Pace Pitch include Pace students. So who will be competing to win $1,000 to fund their ideas? The finalists are…

B100 Production Facility (economics major Geordi Taylor)
A biodiesel manufacturing facility that provides Jamaican businesses and citizens with a cheaper alternative to petroleum diesel

Nova Software (management major Javier Dutan)
A point of sale systems and software that creates an easier and more efficient check out process for restaurants

Nuque Tie New York (sociology/anthropology major Christian Anthony Velez)
A reversible tie company that will take you from the boardroom to a night on the town in a jiffy

SAI (accounting major Kumesh Aroomoogan)
A software company that analyzes every type of information online relating to a specific publicly owned company and offer tools to help analyze all those information

Trendytres (computer science and mathematics graduate Marcelo Zimmler)
A fashion discovery online platform that recommends matching clothing items, accessories, makeup combinations, and hairstyles based on user’s interests and personal selections

Wrangle Sports (global marketing major Darren Alphonse)
A mobile phone and tablet application that gives sports fanatics the platform to debate about their favorite sports teams using statistics with friends, family, co-workers, and a community of sports fans

For more information on the finalists, click here.

Panelists include:
Mark A. Herschberg, CTO, MadisonLogic
Charlie O’Donnell, Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
Stephen Sokoler, President and CEO, Altrum Honors
Michael Vesey, CFO, Majesco

RSVP for the cheering section to watch the future Mark Zuckerberg’s and Warren Buffett’s of the world present their business plans.

How Do You Like Them Apps?

From tracking free food to mobile messaging, eight finalists showcase their apps to compete for cash prizes on December 6. And your vote will make it hAPPen.

If it’s an app-y meal you want, then maybe you’ll go with Bon-App & Eat or OrdrIT. StressMeNot will have you singing, don’t worry, be app-y. And if you’re tired of making an app-ointment to see your friends, We Go Together will put the fun back in your life and on your calendar. These are just a few of the eight finalists presenting concept designs for their mobile apps at the Pace Mobile App Design Contest finals hosted by Pace’s Entrepreneurship Lab on December 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the eLab on the NYC Campus.

The free, open exhibition will give you the opportunity to meet and hear from all finalists and vote for your favorite to win $500, $250, and $100 prizes.

The eight finalists are:

Bon-App & Eat, created by Dyson student Michelle Davret and staff member David Tryk, is a social-network application that provides the Pace Community up-to-the-minute information about events that have free food and other give-always on each campus.

OrdrIT, created by Lubin student Casey Loeber, will make eating at a sporting event less fussy by allowing you to choose your food and pay for it right from your seat, and either have your food delivered right to your seat or be alerted when your order is filled for pick up at an express lane.

PaceBook, created by Lubin student Kamal Kherridden, is the one-stop app for Pace students on the NYC Campus to trade, buy, and sell books that you don’t need anymore.

Seamless Messaging, created by Seidenberg student Peter Franceschini and Dyson student John Robb, is an Android specific messaging application that takes away the hassle of juggling multiple messaging applications and combines them all into one simplified stream, allowing users to connect their SMS, Google Talk, and Facebook messaging clients together in order to send messages through one application instead of three.

Skill Exchange, created by Seidenberg student Wei Chan, enables users to be able to learn limitless skillsets by sharing their own with other users. With this mobile app, users with busy lifestyles and busy schedules are able to learn languages, share their language with others users, collaborate with team members to finish a project, pose questions to team members, and get answers via their mobile app in real time.

StressMeNot, created by Lubin MBA student Shiemi Lim, is an app that tests for stress level. By getting rid of other apps’ dial function, and replacing it with three distinct and interactive emoticons, StressMeNot makes the stress testing experience more enjoyable which may help reduce stress.

Tic-Trac, created by Lubin MBA student James Cook, aims to revolutionize the tenant-landlord relationship, putting the tenant in closer touch while allowing the landlord greater control over maintenance operations and creating transparency between property management companies, their maintenance staff, and tenants. The app gives tenants the ability to report a maintenance issue and check on the status of an issue; helps maintenance organize the day; and keeps property management abreast of all reported issues and tickets.

Read more about the eight finalists here. The event is open to the public, but registration is required, so please RSVP here.

 

Mind Your Business

A mobile app design contest; workshop on using social media at new ventures; and start-up mixer. Want more info? Let us eLab-orate.

Got an App Design?
Well, we’ve got just the contest for you as the Entrepreneurship Lab presents the Pace Mobile App Design Contest! The challenge: To create a concept for a mobile app that demonstrates innovative design in helping meet user needs. Submit a full app design using any tool (Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Publisher) or language (HTML, CSS, and Javascript). All Pace students are invited to participate and win cash prizes. Please note that this is a design contest and not a development contest, so programming is not required. Register by 5:00 p.m. on October 22 and submit your design no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 29. Finalists will be chosen and announced on November 9 and a design showcase and student vote will determine the winner at the final event on December 6.

For more information, click here.

Workshop on Leveraging Social Media at New Ventures
Social media has made it possible to find investors, hire business partners, and connect with customers—all online. But can social media lead to startup success? On October 16 stop by the Entrepreneurship Lab from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. as Lubin social media manager Wendy Felton, whose past experience includes launching the social media presence at the UCLA Fund and managing guest communications at Universal Studios Hollywood, introduces the online tools and metrics entrepreneurs can use to boost the bottom line.

Start-Up Mixer
On October 19, mix and mingle with Pace students, alumni, and faculty and other entrepreneurship-minded folks at a Start-Up Mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

To RSVP for either event, visit the Entrepreneurship Lab website.

Make $1,000 in Three Minutes

In 2011, Lebron made more than $90 per minute. Justin Bieber? about $100 per minute. Sound impossible to you? Well, it’s not. Sign up for the Pace Pitch Contest by 5:00 p.m. on April 10 and you’ll have the chance to make more than three times what the Biebs makes in three minutes.

This isn’t online spam. You don’t need to wire anything to anywhere to get started. This is what Pace calls “Opportunity through Entrepreneurship.”

On April 19, Entrepreneurship @ Lubin will host the Eighth Annual Pace Pitch Contest from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the 18th Floor Banquet Room at 163 William Street in NYC.

The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur’s idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.

Each Finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a panel of Pace alumni entrepreneur judges and an enthusiastic audience. Cash prizes will be awarded. $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

And if you want to win it, you’ve got to be in it! To register as a contestant, fill out the online registration. The deadline for registration is 5:00 pm EST on April 10 or until the 100 registrations have been completed. If competing as a team, all members must complete the form individually. You should review How to Enter the Pace Pitch Contest for information on the criteria and important dates and Guidelines and Judging Criteria to help prepare for the contest.

Even if you’re not interested in entering the competition, you should stop by and watch the future Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s of the world present their business plans. RSVP for the Cheering Section.

Mind Your Own Business

Lubin’s brand new Entrepreneurship Lab opens its doors to the Pace Community on February 16. Stop by and grab a slice of pizza and a pint of entrepreneurship.

On February 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., join the Lubin School of Business for the grand opening of the Entrepreneurship Lab on the 3rd floor of 163 William Street on the NYC Campus.

Tour the labs, enjoy some pizza and refreshments, and find out all about how you can explore your entrepreneurial creativity.

The Entrepreneurship Lab aims to foster an entrepreneurial mindset—a way of thinking and acting that focuses on developing new ways to solve problems and create value. For more info, visit www.entlab.org.

$1,000 Per Minute? Let’s Sign You Up!

According to US Magazine (and some less reliable wikis), Oprah makes about $732 per minute. Sound impossible to you? Well, it’s not. So how about you sign up for the Pace Pitch Contest by 5:00 p.m. on November 8 and we’ll add an extra $263 to that.

If you wanna be a billionaire so freakin’ bad and have an idea for a New Business Concept or Social Venture then you should click on this here link to register yourself (and/or a team if you have one) for the 7th Annual Pace Pitch Contest before 5:00 p.m. on November 8. The Intent to Compete Registration Form will only take you a few minutes to complete, even less then the three minute pitch, and only the first 250 applications will be accepted.

On April 11, 2011, three finalists in the New Business Concept category and three finalists in the Social Venture category will make their pitches to a panel of judges in front of an enthusiastic audience. There is a strict time limit of three minutes for all pitches and winners in each category will win $3,000. Can you tell we love the number three?