Students pitch business ideas in FDU Shark Tank


Above: Winners of FDU Shark Tank, Akshay Patel, Press Iyamu, and Najifur Dalim, with faculty and panel of judges. (Photos courtesy of Timur Pakay)

By Timur Pakay

Last Wednesday, the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Silberman College of Business held its first ever Shark Tank at the Student Pub. Six FDU student teams faced off against one another and pitched their business ideas in front of an audience and a panel of five judges made up of Silberman College faculty members, Dom Celentano and Meyyappan Narayanan, Rothman Institute Executive Director, Joseph Gulfo, Silberman College Board Advisor, Jon Budish, and serial entrepreneur and former CEO of Totsy, Guillaume Gauthereau.


The student teams were grilled by the judges and were measured on the viability of their business idea and their presentation skills. After all teams presented, the five judges huddled together and picked three winners. First place went to Metropolitan Campus students, Akshay Patel, Press Iyamu, and Najifur Dalim for their idea, WWHO, a share economy platform where members can loan and lend items and submit reviews of members within their local community.


Each of the winners will receive a $500 cash prize and will automatically enter a larger intercollegiate competition called UPitchNJ at Rutgers University on April 15th. Second place went to Isaac Michaan and third place went to Urusha Lama.

For more information about the UPitchNJ competition on April 15th, click here.