The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute hosted it’s 19th annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl live pitch competition yesterday, where Temple University students, faculty, staff and alumni pitched their companies to a judging panel comprised of industry experts—including Temple’s own Adam Lyons (Fox ’09), founder of TheZebra.com, and Paxton Baker (CLA ’16), Vice President of BET.
The day opened with remarks from Dean Porat and Ellen Weber, Executive Director of IEI. Then it got down to business—the pitches. Each finalist presented an 8-minute pitch followed by 3-minute judge’s Q&A. During judges deliberation, the audience heard keynote speaker and Temple alumna, Danielle Cohn (SMC ’95), Comcast Corporation’s Director of Entrepreneurial Engagement.
At 5pm the winners were announced and Strados Labs, pitched by Nick Delmonico (Fox ’17), was named the grand prize winner of the day, taking home the $40,000 cash prize.
See below for the full list of winners!
1st Place: Vitris, Jack Perrotta, Fox School of Business ’18
2nd Place: Prohibere, Emily Kight, College of Engineering ’18
3rd Place: Pinpointer, Nigel Satenstein, Fox School of Business ’18
4th Place: Pitch, Rishi Sheth, Fox School of Business ’17
1st Place: ToothShower, Lisa Guenst, Tyler School of Art’ 13
2nd Place: Viral Ideas Marketing, David Feinman, Fox School of Business ’15
3rd Place: Envizzo, Ariel Maidansky, Fox School of Business ’11
4th Place: Sensifoam, Conor Vickers, Lewis Katz School of Medicine ’19
Social Impact Track
1st Place: Reels on Wheels, Anmol Gupta, Fox School of Business ’20
2nd Place: SONTEFA Power, LLC, Thierno Diallo, Fox School of Business ’17
3rd Place: Understand Your Brand, LLC, Brandon Study, Fox School of Business ’17
4th Place: Keystone Legal Incubator, Stephen Fox, Beasley School of Law ’17
Urban Health Track
1st Place: Strados Labs, Nick Delmonico, Fox School of Business ’17
2nd Place: Entoli Health, Meghan Mallouk, Fox School of Business ’18
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Strados Labs, Nick Delmonico, Fox School of Business ’17
The Egg at Alter Hall was standing-room only last night as IEI Executive Director Ellen Weber took the podium to open the 20th Annual Innovative Idea Competition Live Pitch Event. “Sometimes what makes an idea strong is that it’s elegantly simple,” she told the audience in her opening remarks. “The kind of idea that makes you think ‘why didn’t I think of that?'”
That rung true when Emily Kight (College of Engineering ’18), an Idea Competition veteran who landed in second place in the Undergraduate Track at last year’s competition, took home the $2500 Grand Prize for her idea: an affordable, accessible, at-home ovarian cancer menstrual blood test. The test, if it makes it to the market, will allow all women, especially those with a higher risk due to family history, to test for ovarian cancer more often, more privately, and more conveniently. This could drastically reduce late detection, a common risk with ovarian cancer because of how difficult its symptoms are to detect.
Kight was also awarded the $500 Global Innovation Prize funded by CIBER for her idea’s potential to have an impact on a global scale.
Twelve finalists total pitched to the competition’s expert judging panel: Glen Gaddy, Chair of Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures, Yuval Yarden, Director of Ecosystems Engagement at the Global Entrepreneurship Network, and Shelton Mercer, Principal and Chief Innovation Officer at Benjamin’s Desk. Other top ideas from the night included C.A.L.M (Daniel Couser, FSB ’18) and Vibrasoft (Kyle Jezler, College of Engineering ’18), two healthcare-focused ideas that received first and second place in their track, respectively. In the Upper Track, comprised of graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff, Immersive Therapy (Keith Regan, FSB Alumni) came out on top and Quick ReCon (Alex Garaschenko, FSB Alumni) was awarded second place.
The audience had a say, too! Two People’s Choice Awards were given to the ideas with the most votes from the audience. New and exciting this year was the Facebook Live stream happening throughout the entire competition via the Fox School of Business Facebook Page, where more than 1000 viewers tuned in and were able to cast their votes along with the live audience. When voting closed, My Student Quarters (Jessica Rehrig, CLA Alumni) came out on top to receive the $1000 first place People’s Choice Award, with Atheroprobe (Laura Navarro, College of Science and Technology ’21) in a close second taking home $500.
Click here for a full list of last night’s finalists and idea descriptions.
Up next? The Be Your Own Boss Bowl. 2018 Rules and Guidelines coming soon!
As professional football executives arrived in Philadelphia to ponder the next generation of talent in the 2017 NFL Draft, students from Temple University brought attention to the most-critical issue facing football: concussion prevention.
Temple University recently collaborated with sport innovation enterprise HYPE Foundation to host two on-campus events geared toward football player safety and sport innovation. (And all ideas were welcome — whether a sure touchdown, or just a Hail Mary concept.)
Students throughout Temple’s 17 schools and colleges participated in an all-day Hackathon. The April 25 event, held at Alter Hall, challenged students from all academic disciplines to create new ideas to enhance the safety of football players. Students competed for cash prizes and access to potential investors. The event lured high-profile jurists like Dan Klecko, Temple alumnus and former Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman; Temple alumnus Cosmo DeNicola, co-owner of the Philadelphia Soul; and Ryan Tierney, Temple associate professor of kinesiology.
Eleni Latsios, a junior Entrepreneurship major, represented the first-place team — U-View. The students generated an idea for on-field technology that would allow coaches, trainers, and spectators to review plays from multiple angles and distances, in real-time and replays.
“The Hackathon workshop showed me the power of creativity and collaboration,” said Latsios. “It was a great experience working with a group of students, and hearing the other pitches that day and the next day at the pitch competition. The world of sport is innovating so rapidly and I was happy to be positioned at the forefront of that through this event.”
A day later, the Worldwide Pitch Competition welcomed 10 finalists to present their football safety ideas to sport organizations and leading investors from around the world. Also, Latsios’ team and two other finalists from the previous day’s Hackathon had an opportunity to expose their ideas to investors. The pitch competition welcomed leading judges, including: Ben Alamar, ESPN’s Director of Sports Analytics; Rod Nenner, Washington Redskins’ Vice President of Sports Marketing; and Dr. JoAnne Epps, Temple University provost.
After jury deliberation, RecoverX — a hardware technology company providing innovative products to the injury recovery market — earned the grand prize.
“Temple University and innovation go hand-in-hand,” said Alan Kerzner, assistant professor and director of Temple University’s Entrepreneurship Academy. “Our Entrepreneurship programs are nationally ranked, and our students have built a reputation for turning their ideas into thriving businesses. That’s why we were proud to align with HYPE Foundation to provide this unique opportunity for Temple University, its students, and entrepreneurs everywhere.”
The Temple-HYPE collaborative events took place days before the eyes of football fans globally turned to Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft.
These events demonstrated Temple’s strength in research, innovation, and sport. The university houses undergraduate- and graduate-level Entrepreneurship programs that are ranked top-10 nationally by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Temple also is home to the renowned Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC), which provides marketing strategies to enhance the economic, social, and environmental stability of sporting events. The NFL and NCAA are among SIRC’s notable research partners.
Additionally, Temple faculty are leading the way in brain-injury research. In November, an interdisciplinary team of Temple researchers received a $20 million award for greater brain-injury research. And a Fox School of Business professor authored an academic text on head trauma from a legal and insurance perspective.
“These events offered unique opportunities for Temple University, its students, and innovators and entrepreneurs everywhere,” Kerzner added. “It was a university-wide effort involving many colleges and departments, and is hopefully just the beginning of our collaboration to help Temple expand its presence in the burgeoning sport innovation field.”
—Erin McShea and Christopher A. Vito
1. Honeygrow: A #TempleMade Venture
Justin Rosenberg, Fox School of Business, MBA ’09, is the founder of Honeygrow, a restaurant offering healthy fare made with seasonal, local ingredients. Starting this summer, Honeygrow will have 18 locations, including one on Temple University’s Main Campus in Morgan Hall. According to Rosenberg, “I’m a Temple guy. I wrote a chunk of my business plan for Honeygrow at Alter Hall, and the business is very much a #TempleMade concept.” Explore Honeygrow.
2. Yasmine Mustafa Roars for Good
Entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa, BBA ’06, is an advocate for women. In 2016, she won Philly Geek Awards’ Technologist of the Year for ROAR for Good, a company that makes self-defense wearable technology. The product appears as jewelry but acts as an alarm and safety light that, when activated, connects to a smartphone to text family, friends, 911, or campus security. Mustafa is determined to help women live without fear and reduce the violence against them. Watch her story. Hear her TEDx talk.
3. Neha Raman Brings to Market DIY Nail Polish
In 2015, Neha Raman, who will graduate from the Fox School in 2018, launched a make-your-own nail polish business called Rungh, the Hindi word for “color” (pronounced “Rung”). Her product includes six nail-polish bottles with nail-polish base, 18 pigment capsules, a battery-operated mixer, and disposable mixing wands. Rungh was the official nail polish of Philadelphia Fashion Week in February 2016, the same month Raman was named runner-up in College Pitch Philadelphia. In April 2016, she placed second in Temple University’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl. Learn more about Neha Raman.
4. Adam Lyons Streamlines Shopping for Car Insurance
Founder and chief executive officer Adam Lyons, BBA ’09, launched TheZebra.com to simplify car insurance shopping. TheZebra.com allows drivers to compare over 200 insurance providers on factors such as coverage types, coverage levels, claims rankings, and price. Lyons and co-founder Joshua Dziabiak were named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Consumer Tech category, which highlights “game changers” under 30 years old who are revolutionizing industries with a goal nothing short of breaking the status quo and transforming the world. Meet Adam Lyons. Read about his experience pitching his dream investor (hint: it’s Mark Cuban).
5. Chris Wallace Says, Sales Remains People-Centric—Even in the Digital Age
“Sales teams often aren’t aligned with their organization’s strategy,” says Chris Wallace, MBA ’10, managing director, GrowthPlay. In his recent Harvard Business Review article, Wallace discusses how organizations typically spend three times more on sales than advertising, but only deliver 50-60 percent of the forecasted revenue. His passion for sales led him to pursue an MBA at the Fox School and a year after he graduated he founded Incite, a sales force strategy and effectiveness firm. GrowthPlay recently acquired Incite to strengthen its position in the sales effectiveness market. “I could never be where I am today if I didn’t earn my MBA. It changed my career, and helped me see the value of putting people at the center of any business strategy. Today, I help develop better performing sales teams using the skills, knowledge, and business acumen I learned at Fox.” Read his HBR article.
6. Ofo Ezeugwu Wants to Rate Your Landlord
Ofo Ezeugwu, BBA ’13, is the chief executive officer and co-founder of WhoseYourLandlord (WYL), which enables renters to rate their landlords and housing complexes. He graduated from the Fox School of Business at Temple University, where he was the vice president of the student body. He is a Techstars’ Risingstar, one of BET’s #30Under30, and his work has been featured in TechCrunch, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and more. Ezeugwu is based in New York and Philadelphia, is a professional actor and model, has been featured on the Today Show five times, and has worked with Nike, ESPN, and Alfani. Explore WhoseYourLandlord. Watch Ofo pitch on MSNBC:
7. Got a Broken Cell Phone? Call Jesse DiLaura for Repairs.
“I have an obsession with improving,” said Fox School alumnus Jesse DiLaura, BBA ’16, the founder of Repair U—a phone repair company for college students. He is an Entrepreneurship graduate of the Fox School of Business who learned how to turn his hobby, cell phone repair, into a business. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) and Temple’s Blackstone Launchpad fed his obsession by offering constructive feedback on every aspect of his business plan. Along the way, he learned the intricacies of launching a business, branding, publicity, and much more. Discover Repair U.
8. Séverine Bandou Adds Scent to Curly Hair Products
“Myjé will enable women with textured hair to neutralize airborne odors without any drying effect,” said Séverine Bandou, a student in the Fox Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship graduate program. “They will experience the sensation of freshly washed hair while saving time and avoiding hair damage due to frequent shampooing, treatments, and styling.” Bandou, who will graduate this year, participated in the Fox School Innovative Idea Competition and placed second in the Graduate, Faculty, Staff, or Alumni category. Read about Bandou on Technical.ly Philly.
9. Nick Delmonico Combines Business, Tech, and Healthcare
Fox School student Nick Delmonico is currently enrolled in Global MBA program. He’s the chief executive officer and co-founder of Strados Labs, a health technology company working on innovative ways to help patients better manage chronic illness in order to live happier and healthier lives. His company is the maker of Pulmawear, a wearable device and companion application providing asthmatics with real-time symptoms monitoring, medication tracking, and personalized analytics to improve self-management. Explore Strados Labs.
10. Brandon Study Wears His Heart on His Sleeve
Understand Your Brand creates awareness about human rights and environmental issues through the apparel manufacturing industry and designs products that tell a better story. Founder Brandon Study is committed to using non-exploitative and minimal environmental impact production, and previously ran Into the Nations, a nonprofit seeking to empower artisans in developing countries. Study, Class of 2017, is a student in the Entrepreneurship Program at the Fox School who has a passion for creativity and social entrepreneurship. Discover Understand Your Brand.
Competition in the 19th Annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl was tough. More than 150 Temple students, alumni, faculty and staff registered to participate in this year’s BYOBB, and after weeks of developing business plans, attending workshops and partnering with mentors, nearly 100 participating individuals and teams submitted their completed business plans for review. This week, 14 finalists were selected to compete at the BYOBB Live Pitch Competition, happening April 20th in Alter Hall.
Each finalist will make an 8-minute pitch to the expert judging panel and conduct a 3-minute Q&A session with the judges following their presentations. At the end of the day, a winner in each track will be announced, and one presenting company will go home with the $40,000 grand prize!
See below for the full list of 2017 BYOBB Finalists, and click here to register now for the Live Pitch Competition!
Undergraduate Track Finalists
Pinpointer submitted by Nigel Satenstein, Fox School of Business
Pitch submitted by Rishi Sheth (Fox School of Business), Andrew Sauber, and Anthony Poidomani (College of Science & Technology)
Prohibere submitted by Emily Kight, College of Engineering
Vitris submitted by Jack Perrotta, Fox School of Business
Upper Track Finalists
ENVIZZO submitted by Ariel Maidansky, Alumna, Fox School of Business
Nisoltus Medical, LLC submitted by Conor Vickers, Student, Lewis Katz School of Medicine
ToothShower, submitted by Lisa Guenst, Alumna, College of Liberal Arts
Viral Ideas Marketing, submitted by David Feinman, Alumnus, Fox School of Business
Social Impact Track Finalists
Frontier Legal Incubator, submitted by Stephen Fox, Student, Beasley School of Law
Reels on Wheels, submitted by Anmol Gupta, Student, Fox School of Business
Sontefa Power, LLC, submitted by Thierno Diallo, Student, Fox School of Business
Understand Your Brand, LLC, submitted by Brandon Study, Student, Fox School of Buisiness
Urban Health Track
Strados Labs, submitted by Nick DelMonico, Student, Fox School of Business
Market Street Moms, submitted by Meghan Mallouk, Student, Fox School of Business
The Angel Capital Association is coming to Philadelphia May 9-11, 2016 for the 2016 ACA Summit. Temple University students have the opportunity to volunteer, and in exchange can attend some of the sessions. This is open to current juniors and seniors as well as graduate students.
Volunteer work includes things such as: working the registration desk, helping move boxes from one location to another, taking head counts in sessions, and taking notes in a few sessions for content to be created and shared with attendees and ACA members who aren’t able to attend.
The following shifts are available. Please email email@example.com if you are interested:
Monday, May 9
7:00 am – 10:00 am – 3 interns for main registration, and help with box moving for sponsor/showcase setup (Convention Center)
7:45 am – 1:30 pm – 2 interns for International Exchange registration/note taking (Montgomery McCracken, 123 S Broad St)
9:45 am – 2:00 pm – 5 interns for main registration (Convention Center)
1:45 pm – 6:00 or 7:00 pm – 5 interns for main registration/take headcount of attendees at concurrent sessions (Convention Center)
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm – 2 interns to help with check-in for VIP Reception (Comcast building)
7:15 pm – 8:30 pm – 1 intern to help check names for International Dinner (Maggianos)
Tuesday, May 10
6:30 am to 10:00 or 11:30 am – 4 interns for main registration/take headcount of attendees (Convention Center)
1:30 pm – 7:00 pm – 3 interns for main registration/take headcount of attendees AND to distribute materials for evening reception (Convention Center)
Wednesday, May 11
8:15 am – 10:15 am – 1 intern to take headcount of attendees (Convention Center)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – 2 interns to pack-up, get everything to FedEx Office for shipping
Cocktail Culture Co.
Jungeun Park, Fox School of Business ’16
Richard Armitage, College of Science and Technology ’16
Neha Raman, Fox School of Business ’18
Vitris Wireless, LLC
Jack Perrotta, Fox School of Business ’18
John Nguyen, College of Science and Technology ’18
Chethtra Ten, College of Science and Technology ’18
DevelapMe – The Leadership Analytics Group, LLC
Cliff Tironi, Fox School of Business Staff
Tony Petrucci, Fox School of Business Faculty
Michael Rivera, Fox School of Business Faculty
LifeMotion Technologies LLC
Steven Arose, Beasley School of Law ’16
Séverine Bandou, Fox School of Business ’17
Nicholas Delmonico, Fox School of Business ’17
Kan Yu Au, Fox School of Business
Jake Purcell, Fox School of Business ’16
Robert Rogers, Fox School of Business ’16
Patrick Thompson, Fox School of Business ’16
Elliot Jumpp, Fox School of Business ’16
Green Matters Apparel Company
Tyler Stoltzfus, Fox School of Business ’16
Jacob Andrews, Fox School of Business ’18
Edward Moore, College of Engineering ’16
Mariah Wilson, Fox School of Business ’16
Tony Meyer, Fox School of Business ’17
Alex Falcone, School of Media and Communication ’16
Zach Donovan, Fox School of Business ’17
Will Fulton, Fox School of Business ’16
Andrew Kondelin, Fox School of Business ’18
We are excited to announce that the 2016 BYOBB Keynote Speaker and Recipient of the Self-Made and Making Others Award is: Glen Gaddy, PhD
Glen Gaddy, PhD, is a member of Robin Hood Ventures and the Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures (MADV). He has experience in real estate, consumer product development and venture funding. Glen has been an active angel investor since 2003, funding real estate and business services ventures. Some of his prior professional experience includes heading a research and development laboratory for a top building materials company as well as running real estate services for the world’s largest consulting engineering firm. He has been published in several professional journals and has led many government research programs. Glen earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1993. Over the years, Glen has volunteered countless hours of his free time to mentor and coach members of the Temple community. When not working with entrepreneurs, Glen is usually on a basketball court where he plays, coaches and referees or attends one of his children’s sporting events.
IME-MS student, Sumbal Bashir, plans to take all the entrepreneurial lessons she’s learned through her program at the Fox School of Business back home to Pakistan. There, she hopes to close the gap and drive the growth of entrepreneurship throughout the country. To learn more about her and her individual accomplishments, check out the news release here.
Thursday April 21, 2016
1 p.m. Finalist Presentations
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Alter Hall Auditorium
Check back here for more exciting updates about #BYOBB2016!
Help us determine who will be the finalists of the Be Your Own Boss Bowl!
Sign up to be a business plan reviewer here.
If you are participating in this year’s BYOBB business plan competition, be sure to attend Professor Dwight Carey’s business plan workshop TODAY in the IEI Lab at 4:00 p.m. Professor Carey is a renowned entrepreneur who will speak about financial assumptions and preparing pro forma financial statements for your business.
Plan on participating in this year’s BYOBB? Don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for a mentor! By submitting a simple opportunity description, you will be assigned a mentor, receive a copy of the business planning book, and get important notifications and tips about the BYOBB. Your mentor can assist you in the formation of your plan and give you invaluable feedback to help push your business idea through to the finals! The deadline to receive a mentor is February 5.
Click here for access to the sign up and opportunity description forms.
Ranked by Forbes as one of the top 10 business accelerators in the world, Dreamit works with early stage entrepreneurs and provides them with resources, rock star mentors, investors, strategic partners and most importantly, a network of real customers looking for innovative solutions.
Both pre-seed companies looking for a “hands-on” experience and seasoned entrepreneurs looking to scale their business benefit from Dreamit’s immersive programs. Dreamit programs run twice a year and focus on validating your business model, acquiring early customers/users, and helping you raise capital (Seed or Series A). This February, Dreamit will also be offering two specialized industry tracks: healthcare and education.
The application deadline is January 3rd. For access to the application and more information, please click here.
Interested in applying? Be sure to check out IEI Executive Director Ellen Weber’s WebEx on the subject here and visit IEI for more help and resources!