Whitman School of Management faculty have selected the Sweet Sixteen for the prestigious Panasci Business Plan Competition on April 12-13, 2019. The student teams will present their plans to business and civic leaders, alumni, entrepreneurs and investors, with more than $42,000 in prizes made possible by long-time Whitman supporter, the late Henry A. Panasci, founder of Fay’s Drugs, along with other generous SU donors.
The 2018 Sweet Sixteen semi-finalists will be working with Whitman School Management Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprise (EEE) faculty and mentors on refining their business plans leading up to the semi-finals on April 12 and finals on April 13.
The Sweet Sixteen teams are:
- Brolly Bag
- Empower OPI
- Justin Case
- Knifehand Nutrition
- MedUX, LLC
- Alternate: Graphene Studio
The winning teams submitted detailed business plans, which will be judged on creativity, feasibility, comprehensiveness and oral pitches at the competition. The competition offers student startups an opportunity to compete for seed funding and network with competition judges including high-level entrepreneurs and alumni. Past winners have gone on to win state and national awards.
Consistently ranked as one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the nation, the Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) department is one of the few in the nation with a formal academic department devoted to entrepreneurship. The EEE department combines a highly unique set of entrepreneurship courses with a number of extracurricular activities and experiential opportunities — including a strong collaboration with the Blackstone LaunchPad at SU — to give students a total entrepreneurship experience.
2018 Panasci Business Plan Competition Winners, Kayla Simon and Elizabeth Tarangelo (In-Spire) and Julia Haber (WAYV)