Six finalists face the "sharks" at annual New Venture Competition
Miguel Dominguez ’10, senior marketing manager at Trufoods, won the $20,000 first-place prize in Bryant’s New Venture Competition for Clique, his latest business endeavor.
The competition, the University’s version of the television show “Shark Tank,” is designed to spotlight enterprising alumni and students and to support promising new ventures. This year's competition, the fourth held by Bryant's Office of Alumni Engagement in coordination with the University's Entrepreneurship Program, drew 30 contestants.
On March 28, the six finalists made their pitches to a panel of alumni judges, all of whom are successful entrepreneurs. The winners were announced during the 2014 Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner that evening.
“This year we had some of the best entries we’ve ever seen,” said Brian Cowley ’82, CEO of CompareNetworks, Inc. One of Bryant’s most accomplished entrepreneurial alumni, and a competition sponsor and judge from the start, Cowley noted, “It was hard to pick a winner, because every one of the finalists’ plans has a shot.”
The $5,000 second-place prize went to Marisa Banigan ’07 for Raina to the Rescue! “Get out there and raise more money,” Cowley told Banigan when he presented the award.
Steven Brodeur ’16 won the $5,000 student award for Winsulate. “You guys are on to something really neat,” Cowley said to the finance major and his team.
This year’s sponsors and judges more than doubled the prize money for the contest. Additional in-kind services and mentoring will also be provided to the top six finalists, which also included Salvatore Balgo ’11, Vbout; Conor McCarthy ’14, Sports Video Partners; and Jacob Radler ’13, Living My Dream.