On March 31st, under the leadership of Dean Edgar Troudt, the LIU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation co-hosted the 8th Annual New York Regional Business Plan Competition. The competition consists of 10 regions, with colleges from all parts of New York. This year, with the help of the LIU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and marketing professionals from the Business Plan Competition, the New York City region had 51 teams compete from nearly 20 institutions, the most New York City region competitors ever. After kicking off the morning with a networking session, the respective teams had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to judges from MakerBot, Etsy, and other renowned organizations. Before announcing the teams that would advance to the finals in Albany, David S. Rose, Founder of New York Angels and Gust, provided spectators his valuable insights. David is not only a successful entrepreneur himself, but also an Inc. 500 CEO, an Angel investor and best selling author. David has funded more than 100 companies during developmental stages.
We are excited to announce that Nikhil Parwar, a second year MBA student, advanced to represent LIU Brooklyn in the finals in Albany on April 28th, 2017. Nikhil’s business is “Domestic BioGas,” in which he aspires to change the way families cook in rural India by moving from gasoline to self-produced bio-gas powered cooking stoves. Nikhil utilized the LIU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to prepare for the contest, receiving mentorship from Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship Dr. Christoph Winkler as well as Dean Edgar Troudt. LIU students Brian Landvogt, Sam Nam, and Isak Doumbia received honorable mention certificates for their ventures Binder, Clust, and TopMan Media. Please join us in offering a big congratulations to all LIU students who represented our university, and wishing the best of luck to Nikhil, who will be representing our LIU Brooklyn at the finals in Albany.
By Manpreet Singh (Manny)