PSLU Accelerator

December 8, 2014 //

We are excited to announce the opening of the second PSLU Accelerator! This is a for the community, by the community initiative. We do not take equity; we only provide value.

Who’s the Accelerator for?

– Startups looking to grow

– Able to commit full-time from February 2 to April 30, 2015.

– Have a working product and the ability to iterate if necessary

What do you get?

– Multiple mentors that will spend an hour a week with you

-Mentors include: Gabriel Weinberg (DuckDuckGo), Robert J. Moore (RJ Metrics), Rick Nucci (Guru, PSL President), and many more

– Special events and resources

– Present to investors on Demo Day during Philly Tech Week

– A group of peers to work with

You have until midnight EST on December 31st to submit an application

Sign up here: http://phillystartupleaders.org/accelerator/

You are invited to join the Temple Medical Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation Collaborative (MEDIC) on Thursday, December 4th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Field House Philadelphia located on 1150 Filbert Street. This event brings together students from across Temple University’s campuses who are interested in solving difficult health-related problems. We hope to create a collaborative effort using the skills of students in health related fields, engineering, and business, the culmination of which can help develop prototypes and eventually bring them to market.  Join us so you can meet students with similar interests across various Temple schools and campuses, share your groundbreaking ideas and have a great time!

Our annual business plan competition, the BYOBB®,  is coming up! You can do it, and we can help – you do not have to be a business school student or alum to place or win in this competition. Attend an information session to learn more about the process and to get your questions answered. Food and drinks will be served. Please register by emailing iei@temple.edu and be sure to let us know which date you will be attending.

December 3, 12pm, Alter Hall 503d (IEI Lab)
December 4, 5pm, Alter Hall 503d (IEI Lab)

Join us for an online information session about the Masters in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Degree (IME) led by Dr. Robert McNamee, Managing Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. We will provide information and answers to help you understand why Temple University – Fox School of Business is the next best step toward your future.  Information will include:

  • Brief Overview
  • Areas of Concentration
  • Value of the MS IME 
  • Questions/Answers

Click the “register” link for the time that best suits you:

November 21 – 8:00am EST
Register

November 25 – 12:00pm EST
Register

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute Managing Director Rob McNamee (far left) and Executive Director Ellen Weber (far right), with the Innovative Idea Competition finalists Bethany Edwards, Cecilia Scimia, Yasmine Mustafa, Bradley Blosser and Sean Webster.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute Managing Director Rob McNamee (far left) and Executive Director Ellen Weber (far right), with the Innovative Idea Competition finalists Bethany Edwards, Cecilia Scimia, Yasmine Mustafa, Bradley Blosser and Sean Webster.

If participation in a recent Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) competition is any indication, entrepreneurship is alive and well at Temple University.

Final presentations for IEI’s Innovative Idea Competition, held Nov. 12 at Alter Hall at the Fox School of Business, featured representatives from seven of Temple University’s 17 schools and colleges: Fox, the School of Medicine, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Engineering, Tyler School of Art, Boyer College of Music and Dance, and the School of Media and Communication.

The competition awarded $7,000 in prizes to students, alumni, faculty and staff for ideas on innovative products, services and technologies, said Ellen Weber, the institute’s Executive Director. IEI saw a 36-percent increase in total submissions from last year’s event to this year’s, in receiving a competition-record 253 submissions, including 230 from undergraduates.

Fox School of Business Dean M. Moshe Porat speaks with Istvan Varkonyi, Director of Temple University's General Education Program, Office of the Senior Vice Provost, at the 2014 Innovative Idea Competition.
Fox School of Business Dean M. Moshe Porat speaks with Istvan Varkonyi, Director of Temple University’s General Education Program, Office of the Senior Vice Provost, at the 2014 Innovative Idea Competition.

“As you can see, through this annual competition, entrepreneurship has become a pillar of the student experience, not only at the Fox School, but among all students at Temple University,” said Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat. “After all, this university was founded by Russell Conwell – an entrepreneur himself.”

Bethany Edwards, SMC ’06, received the Anne Nelson Grand Prize of $2,500, with her Lia-Pregnancy Test Redesign. Weber lauded the privacy and convenience aspects of Edwards’ design of a flushable pregnancy test, which was free of electronic or plastic materials.

“The plot to so many great movies would be ruined if you didn’t see the evidence in the trash can,” Weber said.

Similar to the TV show “Shark Tank,” three guest entrepreneurs (dubbed IEI’s “piranhas”) judged the final presentations: Glen Gaddy, of Robin Hood Ventures; Holly Flanagan, of Gabriel Investments; and Mike Krupit, of Trajectify and Philly New Technology Meetup.

A member of Fox School’s undergraduate population and a Fox alumna were among the winners.

Sophomore Bradley Blosser took first place in the undergraduate competition, with his idea for a snow-dissolving light post. A Finance and Accounting major, Blosser said the device, which is not in production, will be capable of melting snow from above using an infrared light. Believed to be ideal for clearing street corners and parking lots, the device can be affixed to a lightpost at varying heights, Blosser said, and will not interfere with the air space, instead warming only the ground.

Yasmine Mustafa, who graduated in 2006, took first place in the graduate faculty, staff or alumni category. Mustafa is the founder of self-defense technology company Roar for Good, which produces wearables marketed for women. The technology is capable of dialing 911 or sending text messages in cases of emergency, and even sounding an alarm or causing lights to flash.

Mustafa, who in 2010 won Temple’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl®, has vowed to commit a portion of the proceeds from her wearable technology to programs and charity that promote respect for women.

“She’s trying to make sure the product she’s developing will lead to the problem’s solution,” Weber said.

An attendee of the Innovative Idea Competition uses Yorn.com to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Awards. For the first time in the competition’s 17-year history, attendees were offered an opportunity to provide feedback on presentations using real-time voting technology.
An attendee of the Innovative Idea Competition uses Yorn.com to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Awards. For the first time in the competition’s 17-year history, attendees were offered an opportunity to provide feedback on presentations using real-time voting technology.

Mustafa, one of six women to qualify for the competition’s 10-person final presentations, also earned first place in the People’s Choice Award category.

For the first time in the event’s history, attendees used Yorn.com, a real-time feedback platform, to determine winners of two People’s Choice Awards. More than more than 400 comments had been submitted, according to Tyra Ford, the Director of Strategic Marketing Initiatives in Fox’s Department of Strategic Management, offering additional input and wisdom on the various presentations.

“We’ve gotten such a great response from this element of the competition,” Ford said. “It’s something we hope to continue in the years ahead.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Anne Nelson Grand Prize: Edwards
  • First Place (Graduate faculty, Staff or Alumni): Mustafa
  • Second Place (Graduate faculty, Staff or Alumni): Cecilia Scimia, School of Medicine, Heart Upbeat!
  • First Place (Undergraduate): Blosser
  • Second Place (Undergraduate): Sean Webster, College of Engineering, Bouyant Pile
  • First Place (People’s Choice): Mustafa
  • Second Place (People’s Choice): Edwards

In other IEI news, submissions are being accepted for the 2015 Be Your Own Boss Bowl®. The BYOBB is a business-plan competition open to the entire Temple community, which includes current students, alumni, faculty and staff. Information sessions are slated for Dec. 3 (at 12 noon) and Dec. 4 (at 5 p.m.) at the IEI Lab, in 503D Alter Hall. The due date for submissions is March 16, and finalists will deliver presentations April 16.

Congratulations to the 2014 Innovative Idea Competition Winners!

Anne Nelson Grand Prize:
Bethany Edwards, Lia-Pregancy Test Redesign, School of Media and Communications
1st Place Graduate Faculty, Staff or Alumni:
Yasmine Mustafa, Roar for Good, Fox School of Business
2nd Place Graduate Faculty, Staff or Alumni:
Cecilia Scimia, Heart Upbeat! School of Medicine
1st Place Undergrad:
Bradley Blosser, Snow Dissolving Light Post, Fox School of Business
2nd Place Undergrad:
Sean Webster,  Bouyant Pile, College of Engineering
1st Place People’s Choice:
Yasmine Mustafa
2nd Place People’s Choice:
Bethany Edwards

We are pleased to announce the finalists for our 17th Annual Innovative Idea Competition. With nearly 300 submissions, the finalists include:

Roar for Good
 (Yasmine Mustafa, Fox ’06)
Heart Upbeat! (Cecilia Scimia, Faculty, Medicine)
Represent (William Pierce, Tyler)
Lia-Pregnancy Test Redesign (Bethany Edwards, Media and Communications ’06)
Buoyant Pile (Sean Webster, Engineering)
Owl Social Impact Fund (Holly Giang, Liberal Arts)
Trichord and Twelve Tone Dictation App (Kathryn Marshall, Boyer)
Lease Notes (Raaghib Quinn, Fox)
AFA Fridge (Kaven Liu, Engineering)
Snow Dissolving Light Post (Brad Blosser, Fox)

Join us on November 12 at 4pm in the UG Commons to view pitches from all of the finalists, Shark Tank style. Also, attend to participate in our live voting for a People’s Choice Award. RSVP here.  Thank you to those who participated in the 17th annual Innovative Idea Competition.

Co-founder and CEO of Zivtech will speak about his website and software innovation company for which he is responsible for all the business functions, from sales and marketing, to client relations, human resources, payroll, and business strategy.  Hear more about his story and why he’s proud to call Philadelphia his home!

11/04/2014 @ 5:30PM
Alter Hall, 503D, IEI Lab
Food and Refreshments

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The Innovative Idea Competition encourages the generation of innovative new products, services, and technologies from all 17 schools and colleges within Temple University which can become a foundation for your new businesses.

Join us for the awards ceremony on November 12 at 4pm where live voting will take place for a People’s Choice Award. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP here

Learn more about how Temple University is leading the way in entrepreneurial educational opportunities in Philadelphia.

Click here to read the Region’s Business article.

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“From river to river, Philadelphia is truly poised to become the country’s innovation hub.”

Click here to view the Region’s Business article by Tyra Ford, Director of Operations & Strategic Marketing Initiatives, discussing TechConnect’s role in technology commercialization in the Philadelphia region.

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TechConnect, in partnership with NASA, will hold its Fall 2014 workshop on October 21 and 22, from 5:30-8:30pm in the MBA Commons (7th Floor, Alter Hall). Do not miss this unique opportunity to gain funding for your technology, collaborate on real world challenges, and network with top technologies in the region.

Register now at http://templeeship.ticketleap.com/techconnectfall14/

Dates are TBA. Click here to learn more.

Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) is currently hosting their first 90 day program: PSL Bootcamp. Each week participants are given a different framework for tackling different parts of the startup puzzle. Local startup leaders will teach attendees the frameworks, including real life examples from their own experiences. Gabriel Weinberg (DuckDuckGo), Robert J. Moore (RJ Metrics), and Rick Nucci (Guru) are just a few of the leaders who will be participating and sharing their knowledge about building successful startups.  The current session has been extremely popular, so if you are interested in the next session, you are strongly encouraged to signup now. PSL is currently building a wait list due to the excess interest.

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This Week’s BPW-Don’t Miss Out!

September 24, 2014 //

Join us this Thursday September 25 at 4:30 in Alter 503d for Rob McNamee’s Business Plan Workshop: Idea Creation & Design Inquiry.