Rowan hosts Business Plan Competition finals
The competition encourages the pursuit of entrepreneurial ventures and provides a forum in which students can present their ideas and win cash prizes to bring their dreams to fruition. More than $9,500 in prize money will be awarded, with a cash prize of $5,000 for the winner.
· Haiti Biofuels, by Vladimir De Delva, chemical engineering major of Pétion-Ville, Haiti. Haiti Biofuels will produce biodiesel in Haiti from non-edible vegetable oil obtained from Jatropha Curcas seeds. More than 600 jobs will be created in the rural area of Morne à Cabris, Haiti. Biodiesel, an alternative fuel to petroleum-based diesel, will be sold for 50 cents a gallon cheaper than petroleum-based diesel.
· Macroscape Development, by Clifford Kaelin, electrical and computer engineering major of Malaga; Alycia Link, electrical and computer engineering major of West Deptford; Steven Beaudoin, electrical and computer engineering major of Frederick, MD; Christopher Moreno, electrical and computer engineering major of Carteret. The main function of this business would be to develop 3D representations of cities overlaid with numerous data sets as specified by the customer.
· Promise Gardens, by Hollie Butler, accounting and entrepreneurship major of Williamstown. This proposal is for a family-oriented visitor attraction in the Pocono Mountains that offers aesthetically appealing fruit and vegetable gardens and interactive, educational activities for all ages.
· Sammons Motorsports, by Davey Sammons, entrepreneurship major of Bordentown. This plan is for a service-oriented business in New Jersey rebuilding racing shocks for Pro-Formance Shocks customers. The ability to rebuild Pro-Formance Racing Shocks quickly and with a personal experience for customers in the tri-state area will be an advantage.
· txt2Text, by George Toso, entrepreneurship major of Millville. txt2Text is a business starting up in the technology field to provide users with a new way to replace their keyboard and mouse.The finalists will present before a live audience and panel of distinguished judges, including:
· Joan Carter, president of UM Holdings LTD of Haddonfield
- Calvin Knowlton, chairman and CEO of Revolution Care Inc. of Moorestown
- Linda Rohrer, president of Rohrer & Sayers Real Estate of Haddon Township
- Diane Welburn, vice chairman of Welburn Management of Woodbridge, VA
The presentations are free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should visit the following website to register: http://www.rowan.edu/colleges/business/cie/bpfinalreg.html