ST. BONAVENTURE – Three St. Bonaventure University students and their start-ups have made it to the state level of the New York State business plan competition after “crushing” it in the regional competition on Friday in Buffalo.
“Our students owned the hall. They absolutely crushed it,” said Dr. Todd Palmer, associate professor of management. “A lot of hard work and deep thinking has made these teams unique. These students were connecting with other people like crazy.
Palmer and Tom Cullen, director of SBU’s Innovation Center, were the student advisors.
The NYBPC is New York’s intercollegiate entrepreneurship competition that, since 2010, has provided a platform to train the next generation of New York entrepreneurs and launch new businesses, commercializing innovations developed on college campuses across New York.
The Bonaventure students and their companies passing the state competition were:
Dalorum, Max Brie, CEO. Recently, the NCAA allowed students to start earning money based on their name, image, and likeness (NIL). Brie is looking for lesser-known student-athletes to increase their income by grouping athletes and matching them with regional businesses. It already has 300 registered student-athletes, including six Olympians. He is finishing work on his app and will start beta testing it this summer. Brie is a finance major from Montreal.
Raise the bar, Parker Bray, CEO. Bray is a carpenter who takes it to the next level by creating high-end branded gifts for real estate agents. Its student team recruits real estate agents in the country’s hottest markets. Members of the SBU Raise the Bar team include William Breen, Brady Wijbrandts, Cecilia Lauciello and Katie Dunn. Bray is a junior marketing student from Strykersville.
Sniper Gloves, Tanner Swagler, CEO. Swagler is a mixed martial arts fighter who owns a small gym in Rochester. Like many MMA fighters, Swagler often broke his hands and wrists. In collaboration with a local orthopedic surgeon, Swagler and his team design a new type of glove with a more favorable infrastructure, radically different from existing gloves. He has recruited some of the best MMA fighters to act as ambassadors as he heads towards his goal. Members of the SBU Sniper Gloves team include Nicolas Ilustre, Sebastiano Villani, and Zach Owens. Swagler is an accounting and management major from East Rochester.
Rounds one and two of the statewide competition will take place in mid-April, with the NYBPC Grand Prix Finals scheduled for April 27 in Syracuse.