Students

BasketballBrain
DoGood
SecondCourse
SlipKuik Wax
SWAGBar
Torny Trade
Wapsi 67 Brewing Company

 


 

BasketballBrain

Summary

BasketballBrain provides mental training to young basketball players through an interactive website. BasketballBrain distills complex psychological drills that are frequently used by elite professional athletes, and simplifies them so that adolescent players will be able to improve their performance levels. The techniques BasketballBrain delivers have been clinically studied and validated by the academic community.  

BasketballBrain’s instruction help users access the state-of-mind where they perform at peak levels: resilient confidence, sharp focus, and discipline.

The website is currently in beta mode, and membership is free for the first year. BasketballBrain team is working tirelessly to improve quality and deliver the best mental training possible.

Biography

Garret Higgins

Garret Higgins is a senior business management major in Pace University’s Pforzheimer Honors College. He has worked in sales, food service management, and as a writer. He enjoys politics, literature, and traveling. In fall 2011 he studied abroad in the UK at Queen Mary, University of London.

 

 

 


 

DoGood

Summary

DoGood's mission is to generate widespread awareness for socially responsible businesses while incentivizing both businesses and consumers to think about and support their local communities. Through an online website and mobile application, DoGood will provide consumers with detailed information about what local businesses are doing to be socially responsible. Our primary research has shown us that consumers not only care about whether or not a business is socially responsible but they care about the specific steps those businesses are taking to achieve that title. Both our website and mobile application will provide the detailed information about a business's social practice; such as the products it uses, the donations it makes, and how they treat their employees. This information will allow consumers to make educated purchasing decisions based on the social contributions they feel are important to their community. Our revenue will be generated through hyper local advertising and various business services such as reward programs, discounts, and green consulting.

Biographies

Jonathan Prato

Jonathan Prato is currently in his senior year at Pace University pursuing a dual BBA degree in Entrepreneurship and Finance. Over the course of the past four years Jonathan has been able to develop a diverse business background that has allowed him to acquire the skills needed to launch an entrepreneurial venture. Throughout the past four years Jonathan has launched his own small business, transformed the SEO campaign for a start-up real estate firm, helped small businesses at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and worked with successful social enterprises the Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship. His experience in Search Engine Optimization, Small Business Consulting, and Social Entrepreneurship will allow him to successfully launch DoGood and make a lasting social impact on the community.

Alireza Vaziri

AliReza Vaziri is currently in his fourth year at Pace University pursing a BA in Film Studies and a BBA in Business Management. AliReza works as a Resident Advisor at Pace University’s Office of Housing and Residential Life and also a Social Media Editor and Photographer for an up and coming recording studio in Brooklyn. During his sophomore year AliReza started up his own Fundraising club at Pace and recently a Vegetarian Society. In his senior year, he was selected to do a Faculty Student Research project funded by the Office of the Provost. The project is entitled, “Campus-Wide Environmentalism: Understanding Pace’s Sustainability Initiatives Through its Dining Halls.” These experiences will allow him to successfully start up DoGood.

 

 


 

SecondCourse

Summary

SecondCourse is a company that connects a charity with a chef and/or restaurant interested in donating time, experience and/or space for a not for-profit purpose, but instead to gain exposure for humanitarian efforts. SecondCourse has coined the name ‘charity event broker’ and believes that by promoting chefs and restaurants of secondary status, meaning not of celebrity-type level, people would donate their money to causes supported by such organizations, creating a generous contribution/donation to the cause being showcased. While the concept is still new, SecondCourse believes it can offer a unique opportunity to all who participate.

Biography

John Spanos

John Spanos is a senior at Pace University’s New York City campus. He is a Business Management major, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, and a minor in Finance. He grew up working for his family’s restaurant business and is interested in pursuing a career in the restaurant industry. He is a hard-worker and passionate about what he does.

 

 

 


 

SlipKuik Wax

Summary

Shaun Wundrack and Daniel Gilbert are currently developing a product that is made for skiers and snowboarders to allow them to wax their equipment quickly and easily.  Waxing is an essential part of properly maintaining the surface of your equipment that touches the snow. and it also greatly increases performance. Most people don't bother with waxing because of the time, money, and independence they have to give up in order for a waxing to be done. Our solution eliminates these obstacles, which makes it more convenient then conventional waxing. Before the conception of our product there were basically two ways to wax your equipment. Having a professional at a pro shop do it on average for 50$-100$ Painstakingly spend hours doing it yourself using hot irons and other special tools. Now with our product, SlipKuik wax you can easily wax your skis or snowboards anywhere at your time. Our motto, "Peel, stick, ride" is exactly what we want our product to do.

Biographies

Shaun Wundrack

I'm currently enrolled as a full time undergraduate student at Pace University. I am studying finance at Pace University's Lubin school of business and am expecting to graduate in 2013. Throughout my last high school years I was part of the Academy of Finance. While in the academy I found my admiration for business. I started and ran a fundraiser after school selling pizza for the Academy. This is when I discovered I wanted to work in the business world. Later becoming the president of the Academy of Finance 2009 class. That year I was also treasurer of National Honor's society. Since then I have furthered my education and interest in business by working towards my bachelors of finance. I find myself most interested in the analysis of stocks and other future securities. I would also like to further my knowledge in adventure capitalism and hedge funds. I intern at a technology-staffing firm located in downtown Manhattan. I look forward to my future business endeavors, experiences and lessons.
 

Daniel Gilbert

I am a full time student at Pace University's Lubin school of Business. I am a junior with an expected graduation date in the spring of 2013. Since I was young I have been fascinated with business. I solidified my decision of making entrepreneurship my career in high school. I joined the Academy of Finance and started taking comprehensive business courses. By the time I graduated I was Vice President of the Academy. After graduation I took the Financial Literacy Challenge administered by the US Dept. of the Treasury and scored in the top one percentile. Around 75,000 students took the exam that year.

As I have gone about my college journey I find more things about entrepreneurship that draw me in. Having the opportunity to positively change entire industries is very exciting. Being able to potentially help people and improve lives is another reason I feel this fits me. There is room for a lot of growth in this world and it takes innovative thinkers

The prospect of being able to run my own business is very electrifying and is something I've always dreamed about.


 


 

SWAGBar

Summary

I would like to introduce to you, The Saved With Amazing Grace Bar (SWAGBar), a Christian Lifestyle social-media site that connects Christians to other Christians around. The site allows users to post daily devotions, read up on surrounding news, blogs and Churches and showcasing groups, individuals and Churches' walk with God all bringing them to one place to connect, share or participate with each other.This site is not limited to only Christians and everyone, of all beliefs is absolutely welcome to check it out! The one-stop place to finding another person with similar faith and sharing a lifestyle that God is Good!

Biography

Roger Lee

I am a International student from Hong Kong and currently pursuing entrepreneurship as my major. I am a senior and have been at Pace University for two years. Before I was in New York, I went to Suffolk University in Boston, MA. I like to socialize ad get to know people, learn more and live. I've always wanted to incorporate or start something of my own that will bring people together into one place or in someway, helping this world.  It's a pleasure to study and work in such a vibrant city; the people, the seasons, the vibes are incredible.

 

 


 

Torny Trade

Summary

With the finance market as volatile as ever, Torny Trade provides a facilitative bridge for novice investors who wish to gain invaluable experience before they take the plunge into the real-world stock exchange. The investor logs in, joins a trading “tournament,” and competes with other investors to see who will become the king of Wall Street. Torny Trade allows the customer to learn about investing—or simply to sharpen his investing skills—in an entertaining and hassle-free, yet utterly realistic environment. Our unique gaming format makes it simple to analyze true gains or losses based on real market data, tables, and informative queues. Furthermore, investors can branch out, network, and discuss market strategies with our quick-chat feature or through private messages. Lastly, the winner of each completely free major tournament receives real cash prizes, as every successful investor should.

Biogrpahy

Anthony Vivolo

I am a current student at Pace University building toward a degree in Management. My incessant work ethic and unquenchable yearning for greatness has led me to pursue entrepreneurship as a major concentration. My latest entrepreneurial escapade has led me toward the investment market, and more specifically to my soon-to-launch website TornyTrade.com. At Torny Trade, we encourage investors to gain invaluable market experience without having to pawn their own money. I hope my ventures will prove to be as beneficial for others as they have already been for me.

 


 

Wapsi 67 Brewing Company

Summary

Craft beer has captured a greater share of the overall beer market in the last 8 years, growing from 3.2% in 2004 to 6% in 2011.  In this timeframe, the average annual growth in volume sales has been 10%.  The trend is expected to continue as more consumers are seeking unique high-quality alcoholic beverages.

Wapsi 67 Brewing Company will be a 10 barrel distribution brewery with a tasting room located on the Eastern border of Iowa in the Quad Cities.  The tasting room will consist of several different beers on tap available in sampler glasses, pints, or growlers.  The brewery will serve one type of food, a “sloppy-joe” type sandwich originating from a family-owned store in the area.  Initial revenue will primarily come from on-premise sales of beer and food.  Within two years, the revenue will be split between on-premise sales and distribution.  Within five years, the majority of revenue will come from distribution.    

Wapsi 67 Brewing Company will differentiate itself in several ways.  Akin to the demographics and lifestyle choices of the craft beer consumer, the brewery will emphasize locally purchased products and environmentally conscious practices like spent grain recycling, composting, and using recycled materials.  Furthermore, the path of the craft beer movement is contingent upon educating the consumers on the quality and superiority of craft brewed beers over mainstream beers.  Locating the brewery near existing craft breweries, hosting beer and food tasting events, as well as developing home-brewing demonstrations are strategies to raise overall awareness of craft beer and the Wapsi 67 brand.

Biography

Peter Courtney

Peter Courtney is a graduate student at Pace University.  He is working towards a Master’s in Business Administration, with a focus on Entrepreneurial Studies in Management.  Peter has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.  He has worked for the past five years as a mechanical engineer in the mechanical construction field as a project and construction manager.  He is a Project Management Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and plans to take the Professional Engineering Exam in April 2013.

Peter began brewing his own beer in early 2012.  He has visited several breweries over the last year, had discussions with brewers and owners of breweries, and performed a case study on the growth of craft beer in the United States and success of the Samuel Adams brand.