Young Entrepreneurs Compete for Cash and Biz Boost at St. John’s University’s Fifth Annual Business Plan Competition and Expo

Friday, April 4, 2014

A collapsible, space-saving wheelbarrow, custom coolers with attachable tables for tailgates, and an internet based service application that utilizes time and increases efficiency for Trade Shows are among the finalists for ideas competing for $16,000 in cash prizes and a leg up the entrepreneurial ladder in St. John’s University’s Fifth Annual Business Plan Competition and Expo., Saturday, April 5, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the D’Angelo Center Ballroom.

Now in its fifth year, The Business Plan Competition and Expo, underwritten by James and Eileen Christmas, will see five finalists present their plans to a panel of high-powered judges, including competition founder James W. Christmas, Former Director & Vice Chairman of PetroHawk Energy; Gary Chan, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase; Richard Haray, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services of the Interpublic Group; Cathy Borzon, Global CFO for Neo@Ogilvy; and Kathryn Wachsman, Esq., entrepreneur and managing partner of The Law Offices of Harvey F. Wachsman MD, JD, PLLC. Bob Frank, Co-Founder of digital syndication network, Quello, is keynote speaker for the event.

The five finalists were chosen from 83 plans submitted by St. John’s graduate and undergraduate students and are competing for a top prize of $5,000 which can be used to upstart their business idea. Remaining competitors will display their plans to compete for “investors” and cash prizes from attendees. Judges, mentors and finalists are available for interview, including:

  • Michael Napolitano, from Huntington, NY, hopes Flutter Systems – a new speaker system for Crew racing boats will provide an alternative system to the current market leader.  His system includes music, GPS navigation and measure, a gyroscope and internal memory to save data from practices and races.