“Be Your Own Boss!” Student Winners

March 11, 2016
The 2016 Entrepreneurship Week and Business Idea Competition brought together nearly 3 dozen student teams for an interesting and inspiring week of events.
student participants

The 2016 Wells College Entrepreneurship Week and Be Your Own Boss Business Idea Competition was a riveting experience for the students registering, competing, and voting. After a week of planning and mentoring and an inspiring keynote address by entrepreneur Leila Janah, the competition took place in Stratton Hall—and within minutes students excitedly filled up the lecture hall.

After long deliberation and preliminary presentations, the judges had narrowed the field from the 35 teams that registered to six semi-finalists. These teams gave short presentations of their ideas and plans for potential implementation. They were:

  • Adulting (Chelsea Carlin '16 and Lyndsey Wells '16), a business focused on helping students transition from college to careers. Grand Prize Winner.
  • South Shore Pediatrics ( Alyssa Broome '17 and Kelly Reppert '17), a comprehensive pediatric primary care office serving Central and Upstate New York. First Place, Social Impact.
  • CEL Gaming (Jake Smith '16, Valerie Schweigert '16, Larry Force '16, and Chazz Noble '17), a proposal for a centralized national league for e-gaming games and tournaments. First Place, For-Profit.
  • Francis Motors (Tyler Francis '16), a company providing affordable new electric vehicles or conversion of older vehicles. Second Place, Social Impact.
  • InstaMemory (Kailin Kucewicz '16 and Yequarah Conner '19), an instant photography service with on-site printing for major events. Second Place, For-Profit.
  • Running Free (Jesse Constantino '17 and Amber Christine Welsh '17 ), a plan to make races (5k through marathons) free for participants through sponsorships. Third Place, Social Impact.

Judging took into account the quality of the presentation, potential effectiveness of the idea, and the work that participants had put into researching and modifying their ideas. This year's judges were no strangers to the entrepreneurial world or to Wells. They included Keegan Evans '15, an entrepreneur for seven years and previous "Be Your Own Boss!" competitor; Jennifer Pelton '92, Director of Development at the Public Justice Center in Baltimore; John Gardner, photographer, entrepreneur, real estate developer, and consultant; and Kevin Miles, director of the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. The audience for the evening took a role in the judging process, voting for the best presentation before the winners were determined.

Raffle tickets were given at the door and announced between presentations. Winning students and faculty were awarded prizes that varied from gift cards to a laptop.

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