Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute

The Fox School of Business’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) proactively promotes entrepreneurial spirit throughout all 17 schools and colleges of Temple University.

IEI Companies

The IEI works with new and emerging companies that have come through the Be Your Own Boss Bowl® business plan competition and other IEI offerings, including its mentoring programs, individual consulting, workshops, Lunch n’ Learn Toolbox Series, Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures and more. Please support Temple entrepreneurship and purchase the products and services available from the outstanding entrepreneurs below. And if you’ve received or are now receiving services from the IEI list your company here by contacting

Bagel Spice

Our mission statement at Bagel Spice is to spice up our customer’s lives by bringing them the most fresh and savory spice blends. Made with all natural spices, Bagel Spice {Original Recipe} was our first attempt to do just that. Our spice blends are hand crafted with great care. They are designed to stimulate our customer’s palates and send them on exotic culinary vacations. In a very short period of time, Bagel Spice organically grew to become a sensation. Bagel Spice communities were forming on various social media channels. People were sharing recipes and various ways to use Bagel Spice. Our team is very excited to have brought an innovative, convenient, and delicious new food product to kitchens worldwide. We are anxiously working on expanding our product line. Bagel Spice is currently available online only, but will soon be available in retail stores. Visit us at to experience this new taste sensation! Founder and Master Spiceologist: Bechara Jaoudeh, Fox School of Business

Bennett Compost

Bennett Compost turns garbage into gold by providing composting services to residential and commercial customers in Philadelphia. Food waste and other compostable materials are collected and made into compost that is then sold to gardeners and growers throughout the region. Started in 2009, Bennett Compost works with supermarkets, restaurants and coffee shops as well as households throughout the city. Bennett Compost is looking to change the way that garbage is handled and greatly reduce all of our environmental impacts related to food waste.

Chilly Dilly’s Ice Cream

Chilly Dilly’s Ice Cream specializes in regular “break time” visits to local business and industry, company outings, promotional events and on-site ice cream socials. Many companies hire us to come to their function and distribute ice cream to all who attend We feature some of America’s most legendary names, including: Good Humor, Ben & Jerry’s, Klondike, Breyer’s, Green’s and Popsicle. In addition to the 45 different novelty and homemade items available, we offer 24 different flavors of Hawaiian Shaved Ice and several low-fat healthy treats. Catering to any size event, Chilly Dilly’s bring happiness to groups as large as 2,500 and a small as the members of the front desk. To book one of our Classic Good Humor trucks call (717) 741 1785 for a free quote or visit our website today/ Founder/Owner: Dylan Bauer, Fox School of Business ’08


DevelapMe was created with one vision in mind: help people develop to their fullest potential. DevelapMe enables people to capture important feedback “as it happens” in the real world. Now, people can easily provide—and receive—feedback that is both meaningful and continuous through a common platform. More than your average 360 feedback tool, DevelapMe is fluid, dynamic and truly captures reality over time versus other static developmental feedback tools, many of which lack conceptual depth. DevelapMe enables people to capture the special moments and the stressful moments on competencies that matter. Through its high-quality dashboard analytics, complete with both qualitative and quantitative data, DevelapMe enables you to translate insight into action. Founders: Cliff Tironi, Fox School of Business; Tony Petrucci, Fox School of Business Faculty.

Elements and Alloys Inc. (EnA)

Elements and Alloys (EnA) is a new luxury brand of women’s and men’s fine jewelry that combines art and engineering, traditional craft and modern technology. The firm’s design philosophy is founded on the idea of integral ornament, beauty derived from the intrinsic qualities of the materials and fabrication process, and form derived from structure. Working exclusively with high karat gold, sterling silver and high-grade stainless steel, the alure of their minimal jewelry is dervied from the details of its execution and the characteristics of the metals themselves. Ultimately, each piece is a unique statement of fine craftsmanship, modern elegance and innovative design. The entrepreneurs from EnA met while studying architecture at Princeton University and were the grand prize winners from the 2006 Temple University business plan competition. Founders: Karen and James Moustafellos, Tyler School of Art


fslogoFruitstrology is a social-impact clothing brand that personifies fruit to represent customer traits and for every product sold, donates a serving of fruit to a child in Philadelphia through Philabundance. The line includes nine fruit designs, each with its own personality, for customers to choose from. Starting in Philadelphia and expanding city by city, this one-for-one mission solves a fundamental need for approximately 17 million children in America who have little or no access to vitamin rich fruit. Through fashionable and expressive clothing, Fruitstrology is committed to connecting and empowering its customers to help local children achieve a balanced diet.

CEO contact info: Sarah Stanton Cell: 276.799.6135 Email:

 Habitat LLC

habitat_logo_app-150x150Habitat LLC is a mobile app and student marketplace that allows students to order pickup or delivery from all their favorite campus food trucks and restaurants. Habitat LLC was the first place winner in the 2015 Be Yor Own Boss Bowl® undergraduate track. Founders: Andrew Nakkache, Fox School of Business ‘16; Michael Paszkiewicz, Fox School of Business ‘16;Brandon Bahr, Fox School of Business ’16; Kathleen Chen


The mission of HeMemics is to expand the possibilities of science and medicine through dehydration technologies for cells and biologics. The current state of technology limits the use of cells and biologics in many applications. Cells must be stored in a defined condition and processed before use making them labor intensive, costly and impractical. HeMemics’ cell drying process offers a global approach for dry preservation for most mammalian cell types to extend shelf life, and ease storage and transportation. The technology will expand the use of mammalian cells in science, technology and medicine in areas that were once deemed impossible, and has been demonstrated in anucleated cells and nucleated cells. HeMemics was the first place winner, graduate student/alumni/faculty/staff track the 2009 Be Your Own Boss Bowl®, and was a presenting company of Temple University’s Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures. Founder and CSO: David Ho, School of Medicine

Honey Grow

Made-to-order stir-fry bowls and salads from a 50-ingredient list, plus shakes, are the basis of honeygrow, a fast-casual eatery coming in spring 2012 to 16th and Ionic Streets in Center City, the spot on the ground floor of The Oakwood apartments (1601 Sansom) that formerly was The Pita Pit.

Entrepreneur Justin Rosenberg has enlisted DAS Architects to channel the sleek spirits of momofuko and Chop’t. Ordering and payment will be done by touch-screens.  Prices will range $8 to $10 for entrees and $4 to $6 for shakes.

Stir-fry options include lettuce cups as well as a choice of wheat, soba and gluten-free rice noodles topped with house-made sauces such as smoked oyster, Indonesian barbecue, spicy Szechuan, and ginger scallion.

 Kofi Coffee

Kofi is a Philadelphia coffee company built on the principle of selling only fresh gourmet coffee. We treat coffee as a perishable, baked good and therefore package our coffee in small quantities and pull them off the shelves of stores if they are not sold within 35 days. The pulled bags are replaced with fresh coffee. Currently, bags of Kofi coffee are being retailed in select grocery stores in Philadelphia with a goal in the near future to open up our own location. We hope that nobody will ever have to drink stale, bitter coffee again. Kofi is Coffee. If it is not fresh, we will not sell it. Founder and CEO: Brian Linton, College of Liberal Arts ’08

LIA Diagnostics

LIA-logo-standard-600x600LIA Diagnostics provides a reliable, affordable, and sustainable solution that enhances the pregnancy testing experience while decreasing landfill waste. Since placing 2nd in the Be Your Own Boss Bowl Social Track, the pregnancy test is currently in the beta testing phase as the team wraps up research and development and works with investors. Founders: Bethany Edwards, School of Communications and Media ’06; Anna Couturier, Tyler School of Art ’11; Sarah Rottenberg; Frances DiMare.

Lion Tea

Lion Tea is a functional beverage made from dandelion tea and natural fruit juices. Naturally untamed, Lion Tea has many different functions, including assisting in weight loss, cleansing the skin and eliminating acne, lower cholesterol and detoxing the liver and blood. We offer many different flavors including cranberry lemonade and mango tea. As Americans are shifting towards a healthier way of life, and functional beverages are expected to grow by almost 20% between 2011 – 2014, Lion Tea is positioned for high growth and market success. Founder and CEO: Ray DeRosa, Fox School of Business ’10

L&L Transportation Consultants LLC

Where in the world are you shipping? L&L Transportation Consultants specialize in large, heavy shipments. We arrange all types of packing, trucking, ocean or air freight shipments for all commodities (container, break bulks, charter, flat beds, step decks, etc.). We can work with your removal contractors or arrange for removal of equipment for you. We are your “one stop source” with over 35 years experience in domestic and import/export arrangements. We handle all the paper work! Call for a quotation (856.424.7884). Founder: Len Jacobs, Business ’58

Malo Traders

Malo Traders is a highly skilled, cross-cultural and cutting-edge social non-profit company. Its mission is to minimize the risk of post-harvest losses for Farabana small-scale rice farmers in the West African country of Mali — one of the poorest nations in the world. According to Africa Rice Center, harvest and post-harvest losses account for 15 to 50% of the market value of the initial production. In 2004, post-harvest losses were estimated to be about 38,000 tons of milled rice equivalent, a value of $20 million per annum. 80% of Malians rely on agriculture for their livelihood. The socio-economic situation of farmers has degraded significantly due to falling prices of crops, and the current rice market in Mli is unfair and inefficient. Malo Traders provides technological expertise on storage, packaging and distribution facilities to our clients. Based on our analyses, a conservative estimate of implementing our services would reduce post-harvest losses of farmers by at least 10% which would translate to an increase of at least 45% in their profit margins. Founder: Mohamed Ali Niang, Fox School of Business ’11

Macabre Museum

Macabre Logo 2016Macabre Museum is a museum for death and everything after. Originally founded in 2008, the Museum has grown into a unique collection of objects and an interactive platform for historical research.

N.A.B. Construction

N.A.B. Construction offers full service residential and commercial remodeling. We specialize in additions, kitchens, baths and high-end finish carpentry, decks and attic/basement finishing, vanilla boxes, custom-built counter areas and more. N.A.B. Construction is fully insured and able to be licensed in any township. References as well as “before and after” photographs are available upon request. We take pride in the quality of our work and treat every home even better than our own. Call for a free estimate (610.227.5490) and let us show you the difference! Founder/Owner: Niaz Butt, Fox School of Business ’11

 Neighborhood Foods

Neighborhood Foods was born out of the Urban Tree Connection, an urban greening and community development non-profit. Neighborhood Foods unifies communities through urban farming and civic action. We believe in creating shared wealth that is owned by all community members. To pursue these values we are creating a multi-stakeholder cooperative in which farmers, customers and community members can achieve their goals together. Neighborhood Foods was the 2013 Be Your Own Boss Bowl Grand Prize Winner. Founder: Dylan Baird, Fox School of Business ’12.


Parallel Computers Technology Inc. (PCTI) is a Pennsylvania company specialized in core IT infrastructure enhancement tools research and development using commodity hardware and software components. PCTI has developed the first continuous parallel transaction replication engine (U.S.Pat: #6,421,688) that has broken the long standing technical difficulties in meeting the needs for non-stop mission critical database systems. Other core competencies include high performance computing systems, parallel system performance analysis and prediction, and parallel application developments. CEO: Tim Reese, eMBA, Fox School of Business

 Phiadelphia Urban Creators

Philly urban creatorsPhiladelphia Urban Creators is a grass-roots organization that inspries inner-city neighborhoods to transform neglected landscapes into dynamic safe-spaces that foster connectivity, self-sufficiency, and innovation. Today, The Urban Creators provide organic produce to dozens of local families, sell to restaurants to sustain and scale its operation, and provide over 1,000 students and 50 ex-offenders each year with hands-on training in community organizing, sustainable design, agriculture, and entrepreneurship. Founders: Alex Epstein, College of Liberal Arts ’14; Devon Bailey, Denzel Thompson, Jeaninne Kayembe.


Phillyscreen was founded by a Temple Alum and is now owned and operated by a current Temple student. Phillyscreen has specialized in custom screen printing, embroidery, advertising specialties, promotions and graphics since 1985. The pride of Phillyscreen has always been our cutting edge contemporary urban style that sets the pace in corporate work wear, sports uniforms, family reunions, and private designer labels. From traditional one-color printing projects to high fashion apparel, no job is beyond our scope. To request a quote call 1.800.482.9125 or visit CEO: Tim Nesmith, Fox School of Business ’10.


pureNANO Technologies is a next-generation clean nanotechnology platform, providing ultra-pure carbon nanotubes that will enable technologies which will disrupt entire industries and fundamentally change the way we live. pureNANO’s ultra-pure carbon nanotubes enable innovations across industries, with products like high-performance flexible thin-film solar cells, the world’s most energy efficient flat-panel displays and advanced mobile water filtration systems. pureNANO’s proprietary purification process yields material of significantly higher quality, at significantly lower cost and in significantly less time than currently available options. Nanotechnology is the next great wave of innovation. pureNANO makes this possible.

 RatesForUs, Inc.

logoRatesForUs is an innovative financial marketplace, launched in the summer of 2015 that removes the hassle from the mortgage shopping process. The lenders in its marketplace have agreed to limit what they charge you and you decide when (or if) you want to release your personal contact details. RatesForUs separates itself from others in the marketplace, by working closely with consumers to understand and support their needs.  From increased consumer privacy to allowing consumers to confidently obtain lower interest rates, RatesForUs has taken steps to drastically improve the online shopping experience. RatesForUS was the 2015 Be Your Own Boss Bowl® Grand Prize winner. Founder: Ben Stucker, Fox School of Business ’13; Alec Baker.

Rebecca Davis Dance Company

Entrepreneur and choreographer, Rebecca Davis is committed to developing rising talent and transforming young dancers into performing artists. In founding The Rebecca Davis Dance Company, she has pioneered a unique pre-professional dance-theater training program that imparts literary works, historical events, and social issues to students and adult audiences alike. The Rebecca Davis Dance Company fills the market gap between training and professional employment for young dancers in the Philadelphia community. In 2006, The Company presented its world premiere of Antigone at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and launched its training program at its studio located on South Broad Street. Subsequent productions have included Darfur, Hellen Keller, Greed: The Tale of Enron and Van Gogh. RDDC’s latest production is Braving the New World (Spring 2010). Rebecca Davis Dance Company was the grand prize winner of the 2004 Temple University business plan competition. Founder and Artistic Director: Rebecca Davis, Fox School of Business ’04

 ROAR for Good

downloadROAR for Good develops wearable technology to prevent assault and sexual violence. After 16 months of research and product development, entrepreneurs and co-founders Yasmine Mustafa and Anthony Gold launched their product, Athena. With the push of a button, this smart jewelry emits a loud alarm and messages loved ones with your location. In its initial IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, ROAR for Good surpassed its initial goal of $40,000 in less than 48 hours. Although the first models of Athena are set to ship in Spring 2016, ROAR for Good plans to introduce additional designs and styles to appeal to different lifestyles. ROAR for Good won first place in the social track in the 2015 Be Your Own Boss Bowl®. Co-Founders: Yasmine Mustafa Fox School of Business ’06, Anthony Gold.

Sand Shack LLC

Sand Shack offers a wide variety of jewelry, flip flops and hats, all with a common theme of the ocean and the fun and free lifestyle it entails. Sand Shack necklaces, bracelets, earrings & apparel are functional, fun and suitable for various occasions all year round. Sand Shack also serves the community. We at Sand Shack realize the importance of keeping the ocean clean and beautiful. That’s why Sand Shack takes an active role in the preservation of our ocean and beaches through the organization and hosting of volunteer and awareness events in Cape Cod, MA, and why five percent of proceeds are directed toward ocean conservation. The labels of all Sand Shack products provide information about these events and how to register and attend them. We hope that everyone can enjoy wearing our fashionable products and join us in our devotion to protect our oceans. At Sand Shack “it’s not about the lobster.” It’s about every little thing that makes this place beautiful. You can register for an ocean conservation event with us at, and then click on ‘events.’ Sand Shack was the winner of the 2008 Be Your Own Boss Bowl® business plan competition, and the fall 2009 Temple Accelerator Program (TAP) company. Founder: Brian Linton, College of Liberal Arts ’08


Sector thumbnailSector Finance helps investors create a personalized investment portfolio that optimizes both financial returns and social good.  Sector breaks the myth that there must be a tradeoff between social responsibility and financial returns.  We provide investors with straightforward tools to measure the effects of their personal financial, social and environmental goals on their investment portfolio.  Sector’s unique platform takes a process that can be intimidating, rigid, and opaque, and makes it simple, flexible, and fun. Founder and CEO: Kevin Way, Fox School of Business ‘13

STUZO Group, Inc.

Stuzo Group is a digital agency specializing in measurable, results-driven interactive promotions. Having been one of the first Facebook developers, the Stuzo Group began by creating successful applications such as Compliments, My Heritage and Sports Fan. The company then explored ways that brands could build their own social media applications to engage users and build successful online marketing campaigns. In 2008, Stuzo Group built the Win Big ™ promotions platform which consists of a variety of ready-to-deploy code packages that allow project teams to quickly and cost-effectively launch custom, branded interactive promotions that live on Facebook pages and standalone websites. In 2009, Stuzo launched a new platform, dubbed the “Social Buzz Box” ™ which provides marketers with a customizable social media solution that brings together a variety of promotional features, including specialized photo tagging, gifting, advanced polling, product storefront and data collection modules. Social Buzz Box, with integration into Facebook pages and/or standalone websites and connection to Twitter feeds, is fast becoming a staple in the social media toolbox of marketers. Founder and Executive Director: Gunter Pfau, Fox School of Business ’05

Urban Turbines

Urban Turbines is an innovator and manufacturer of patented non-conventional wind turbines that increase power generated by over 260% compared to traditional systems. Their enhanced energy output means Urban Turbines are compact enough for installation on multi-story buildings in urban and suburban locations, cell and water towers, and more. And unlike traditional wind turbines, Urban Turbines systems work in turbulent air flow conditions. Return on investment could be up to 400% faster than traditional wind turbine designs. Urban Turbines is poised to bring the wind industry into the main stream by creating new high demand markets. Phone: 267.247.2519 Founder and CEO, D. Dan Martino, College of Engineering ’09.

The Voice of Your Customer

The Voice of Your Customer is a marketing firm that assists clients to penetrate niche markets using survey research, focus groups, secret shopping, business training, and media campaigns. Selecting the right marketing firm to engage hard to reach markets and underserved populations can transition your results from good to great! The Voice of Your Customer designs customized marketing programs that offer instant information regarding the experiences, preferences and behaviors of niche markets, allowing business leaders to immediately implement desired objectives.

The Voice of Your Customer operates with full and part time employees, subcontractors and strategic partners in the US, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. Our client list includes government agencies; non-profit organizations; family owned businesses; corporations; and educational institutions. Our research and training facilities, call center, and community partnerships enable us to assist our clients to create raving fans and to increase profitability by improving employee retention, establishing industry recognition, and building a competitive advantage. Located in a federally qualified HUB Zone in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Voice of Your Customer holds the following certifications: 8(A), MBE, WBE, SBE and DBE. For outstanding achievements, The Voice of Your Customer was named a 2009 National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) National Supplier of the Year.

Watchmen Property Management/Konkrete Investments

Watchmen Properties is a Philadelphia-based, privately owned boutique real estate firm providing contemporary off-campus living solutions for college students. By rehabilitating distressed properties within quick walking distance of Temple University, Watchmen Property Management is revitalizing the community while also running a sustainable business – Temple entrepreneurship at its best! Konkrete Investments, the property acquisition and development division, routinely provides outstanding ROI for its investors. Under its former name, Pitbull Development, the company was the grand prize winner at the 2009 Be Your Own Boss Bowl®, Temple’s annual business plan competition, and is the Spring 2010 Temple Accelerator Program (TAP) company. To rent an apartment or speak about investment, please call 267.340.3973 or check out our Facebook page (under Pitbull Development). Founder and CEO: Shawn Bullard, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management ‘05.

Web Talent Marketing | Internet Marketing Company & Web Design

Web Talent Marketing is a full-service Internet marketing company that offers cutting-edge web marketing services to clients across the globe. Unlike most web marketing companies, Web Talent Marketing’s philosophy is different. We combine solutions such as search engine optimization, pay-per-click management and social media marketing with award-winning creative design services and development that deliver targeted, performance-driven Internet marketing strategies. In addition to providing full implementation of our Internet marketing services, Web Talent Marketing also offers customized Internet marketing consulting as well as SEO training for in-house marketing departments. Our Lancaster SEO and design experts stand ready to provide fully customized search marketing services for any size marketing campaign. How does your Internet marketing company compare? Take a few minutes and find out by contacting us to receive a free (no obligation) SEO analysis by one of our consultants. is the answer to your start-up and small business needs. We bring a variety of free how-to guides and articles that will help you step by step on getting your business successfully up and running. We also provide a wide selection of low priced small business tools, documents, and business resource. We understand what it means to start a business from ground up. That is why we have made it our main principle. If you are an entrepreneur working on your startup and expense is not an option, Contact us, we would love to help you grow! Mission: Our mission is to empower creativity, innovation, and illumination; hard workers.

Whose Your Landlord


Whose Your Landlord was founded in 2013 out of necessity in order to help future Temple University students in their search to move off campus. Whose Your Landlord has established an open forum that allows users to express the “good, bad and ugly” of past landlords to help others avoid the . Users can access reviews of landlords through the forum or find your next home. Whose Your Landlord gives tenants a voice and places the power into the hands of the people it should be in. WYL was also the 1st place Upper Track Winner in the 2014 Be Your Own Boss Bowl®.  Founder: Ofo Ezeugwu, Fox School of Business ’13 (@OfoEzeugwu); Felix Addison; Kacper Rams, College of Science and Technology ’15; Nik Korablin, College of Science and Technology ’13.