New Jersey Business Idea Competition Awards Ceremony and Female Entrepreneur Lecture
On Friday, April 1st, the Silberman College of Business and the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship held its 13th annual New Jersey Business Idea Competition Awards Ceremony and Female Entrepreneur Lecture in Lenfell Hall. Over 500 high school students from across New Jersey submitted their best and brightest business ideas which were judged by a panel of 15 judges made up of FDU students, alumni, Silberman College Board of Advisors, and entrepreneurs. A total of 24 winners from across New Jersey were honored and had the privilege of receiving their awards in front of their parents, teachers, and FDU community.
This year’s Northern Regional Winner was Sanjana Srinivasan from Bridgewater Raritan High School in Bridgewater, NJ for her idea and social venture, Frosted World while the Southern Regional Winner was Michael Zurzolo from Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ for his idea, Run Support, a non-profit organization that raises money to help disabled veterans purchase prosthetics. The Regional Winners each won a yearly renewable scholarship in the amount of $10,000 to FDU upon admission and acceptance to the University along with a $150 cash prize.
Running in conjunction with the ceremony was the Female Entrepreneur Lecture where FDU alumna and CEO of CompoSecure LLC., Michele Logan MBA’96, was honored. CompoSecure offers in-house manufacturing capabilities for the production of complex metal and plastic composite cards to a wide variety of clients in the financial services and government industries. As the thirteenth Female Entrepreneur Lecturer, Michele spoke about the user experience of her product, the steps she has taken to augment innovation, and why she chose to be an entrepreneur. A very receptive audience was keen to ask her questions about her experiences and many visiting high school students and future entrepreneurs had their photo taken with Michele.
Part of the Silberman College of Business since 1989, the mission of the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities. For more information, go to www.fdu.edu/rothman.
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