Student Businesses

Kumesh Aroomoogan
Lubin School of Business

Company Description

Accern is here to take the side of retail investors and supply them with sophisticated news research analytic tools to be on par with similar technologies used at institutions and hedge funds. Institutional investors have been known to manipulate the market whereas retail investors are always following what they hear in the media. The Big Data Era has left retail investors more vulnerable to institutional investors now more than ever due to all the noise being released in the media. Our mission is to create a level playing field for retail investors when it comes to trading.

Biography

Kumesh Aroomoogan is the co-founder and CEO of Accern and currently a senior at Pace University majoring in Public Accounting. He had pursued various startups in the past with each possessing its own lessons which was transferred to Accern, his current startup. Prior to startups, Kumesh had held positions as an analyst and accountant at Citigroup, SIFMA, and Ford Foundation. In addition to work, Kumesh likes to attend various networking events where he have made connections and friends with industry leaders, advisors, startup entrepreneurs, and much more.


Spiridoula Cardona
Dyson College of Arts and Science

Company Description

Brownstone Bee (BB) will be a manufacturing business that will sell all natural beeswax cosmetics and candles. The company has three missions: a social mission, sustainable mission, and an economic mission. Brownstone Bee will sell their products business to business. Its target businesses are boutiques, all natural food stores, eco-friendly cafes, hair salons, nail salons, and eco-friendly restaurants. BB will officially launch this summer 2013 and begin selling in Astoria, NY. As the business grows, BB's target locations are L.I.C., Williamsburg, West Village, East Village, and Soho.

Biography

Spiridoula is a senior Political Science student concentrating in International Relations. Political Science has enabled her to think critically and analytically about the world. She has conducted theoretical, qualitative, and quantitative research in the topics of her interest. Spiridoula's academic, professional, and personal work experience has helped her to discover that she has a real passion for social entrepreneurship.

Spiridoula sets out to creatively apply her skills and experience to building a strong business model for Brownstone Bee. On her spare time, she also runs a small business painting and selling Byzantine icons. Her interests are Theology, foreign politics, social entrepreneurship, the arts, architectural design, crafting, creating, and green living. Spiridoula is an action oriented visionary and aspiring social entrepreneur. She will combine her skills to serve a single purpose (@BrownstoneBee).


Javier Dutan
Lubin School of Business

Company Description

Nova Software designs software designated for food and beverage establishment. It will create programs that will handle financials and logistics of running small businesses all the way up to large facilities such as hotels or franchises. They key focus is to make a restaurant owners life more organized and efficient.

Biography

My name is Javier Dutan, I am a Junior in the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. My major is Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship with an expected graduation date of May 2014. I have experience in many different fields ranging from Photography, Web Design, Marketing, and Financial Analytics.

I have worked in startups such as Applico Inc. that is now the market leader in its mobile development field. I have worked in financial analytics with Cians Analytics and have learned a great deal of business to business communication as well as managing a team overseas.  My marketing experience with business to consumer has come from working with Apple and its award winning marketing team. My ambition to target an obstacle in the restaurant industry stems from my experience with restaurants. I grew up with restaurants as part of my childhood. I have seen my parent’s small restaurant slowly evolve through market changes, expansion, and innovation. I inherited my parents drive to succeed and as a result I would like to create my own success through an entrepreneurial endeavor.


Jon Hand
Lubin School of Business

Company Description

Kuztomyze.com will be website where you can customize everything from t-shirts to iPhone cases, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind product, just for you. Upload your own images, or import photos from Facebook or Instagram to create a memorable accessory or to give to someone special as a gift. 

Kuztomyze.com is at the forefront of printing technology, using a unique printing process called dye sublimation, which produces superior image quality with vibrant colors and intricate details.

Biography

Jon Hand is the founder and owner of Custom Athletic Promotions. He has four years of experience in producing experiential marketing events for brands such as Walmart, Sara Lee, Fox, and Nike. It was during his time producing Nike events that Jon was exposed to the technology of dye sublimation and saw an opportunity to combine his passion for fitness with his desire to be an entrepreneur. 

Jewel T. High
Lubin School of Business

Company Description

The Jewel High Collection provides exquisite luxury footwear for women of sizes 6 to 15. Each shoe offers comfort and is enriched with our signature orange lining. I introduce "Poison" and "Tami", which are the first two styles of my collection. "Poison" is a 5.5 inch platform sandal that will leave others breathless. "Tami" is a beautiful 5.5 inch D'orsay platform pump with an interchangeable ankle strap that represents growth and elegance. I have worked extremely hard over the past 5 years to make my childhood dream a reality.

Biography

Jewel T. High is a Pace University BBA General Accounting candidate for May of 2013. During her college experience, Jewel became a certified HIV/ AIDS Awareness Trainer for CDC and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., scholarly writer for Dyson Society of Fellows, and a Northeastern Regional and International Award Recipient of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. for outstanding achievement and providing meritorious service. She is now the CEO and Creative Director of Jewel High Collection, exquisite luxury footwear for women of sizes 6 to 15. 

Jewel T. High strives to make sure all women have a chance to walk with style and confidence by accommodating women with large shoe sizes. While rigorously studying accounting, Jewel took art classes at the Art Institute to enhance her design skills, researched the footwear industry, and studied under a mentor with over 30 years of experience in the footwear industry. Jewel High Collection is currently an e-commerce business with plans to be accessible at high end department stores and boutiques.


Tarun Kalra
Lubin School of Business

Company Description

Ravasco Transmission Pvt Ltd. is one of the largest manufacturers of conveyor belts, rubber and electric sheets, EPDM roofing membranes and PVC fabric. The company was established in Mumbai, India, in early 1980s and has since been a key competitor in the Indian market as well as the global market. It has four different manufacturing units located in the state of Gujarat, and serves markets such as mining, steel, cement, OEM (original equipment manufacturers), shipping, etc.

The company has grown consistently and rapidly, year after year and so has been able to expand its portfolio by acquiring Madura Industrial Textiles (MIT) in 2003. MIT produces polyester and nylon fabrics, which have many applications such as automotive, aviation, conveyor belting, medical, etc. MIT recently expanded its operations to create a phase II and has set an example of how operations should be run in the industry.

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Ravasco
MadhuraTex

Biography

Exports are very crucial to a producer of commodities or finished products because increasing number of producers are coming out from every corner in the local market. To be able to hedge the risk of losing customers in India, Tarun Kalra, Director of Ravasco, has taken the initiative to establish a strong clientele in North and South America. 40% of Ravasco’s annual revenue is from exports, but Tarun wants to grow that number.

He started working at Ravasco in May’09 as a personal assistant to the CFO of the company where he created pricing quotes for products and interacted and negotiated pricing with clients. He went on to train as a floor manager for one of the manufacturing facilities and acquired comprehensive knowledge about the products and the industry.

Tarun Kalra is a senior at Pace university pursuing a BBA in finance, and wishes to create a financing part for Ravasco and MIT, like GE Capital, sometime in the future.


Colin O'Leary
Lubin School of Business

Company Description

UrbanNYCProperty.com is an exclusive real estate firm that focuses on new developments in the Downtown Brooklyn area. Our strategy is to become the one of the most reputable real estate firms in Brooklyn. We offer round the clock service to a few well qualified individuals. Our goal is to make buying and selling of real estate as simple as possible while maintaining the highest level of service. We offer an efficient buying process and sound real estate advice. Our negotiation skills and ability to close deals saves our clients both time and energy.  We strive to make the process of buying and selling a memorable experience for our clients.

Biography

Colin O'Leary is a Senior at Pace University. He served in the United States Air Force for 4 years. He was stationed in Texas, Idaho, Alaska, Afghanistan, and South Korea where he worked as an Aircraft Armament Systems Technician for the Air Force. After leaving the military in January of 2011, he enrolled in college at Pace University where he studies Entrepreneurship. He served as the President of Student Veterans of America at Pace for 1 year. He is a Real Estate Salesperson at Manhattan Residential Group where he has worked for the past 2 years. Colin is originally from Long Island but now lives in Brooklyn where he practices real estate and entrepreneurship. In his spare time Colin enjoys spending time with close ones, sports, reading, and traveling.


Leah Norris
Lubin School of Business

Company Description

Venture Forth Analytics is a question based tool for identifying and evaluating the business opportunity present within the user’s idea for producing a product or service.  The idea presented for evaluation can be a new, innovative concept based on cutting edge technology, or it can be a new incarnation of a long lived and proven product or service. 

The output of the program is a comprehensive, cross-section report that details the strengths and potential key weaknesses of the business concept.  Though no explicit advisement is provided on whether to pursue the new business, the report is intended to act as a guideline for the potential founder(s) on the odds for success should they decide to do so.  The report is also intended to provide constructive criticism on how the idea could be improved, as well as identify key factors in the success or failure of the business that the founder(s) either didn’t recognize or didn’t prioritize in thinking up their concept.

Biography

Leah is an MBA student in the Lubin School of Business majoring in Entrepreneurship and Information Systems.  She has an academic background in both finance and computer science and is committed to helping startup businesses increase synergy where technology intersects with business operations.  In addition to developing the analytics program that is the cornerstone of her business, Leah is currently working with several small businesses as a freelance consultant.  She has professional experience as a data analyst, writer, and event analyst.


Douglas Pope
Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Company Description

Cross River Games is a video game development studio dedicated to producing quality games.  Its first game, Endless Fall, is currently in development for iOS.  Cross River Games intends to expand to other platforms including Android, PC, and consoles.

Biography

Douglas Pope is the founder and sole proprietor of Cross River Games and a senior at Pace University majoring in Computer Science.  He started his first business, Pendleton Summer Duck Cookies, at the age of nine and since then knew that entrepreneurship would be the career for him. In his spare time, Douglas enjoys playing computer games.


Amit Shah
Lubin School of Business

Company Description

AIT was founded by a high school sophomore in 2010 and is continuing to grow across various sectors, including Franchises, Corporate Chains, Small Businesses, Technology Startups, Counties, and eCommerce. AIT has enabled its customers to be game changers in their industry through disruptive and innovative solutions.

Our excellence and performance has facilitated our clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs to fortune 500 companies in reducing costs and making operations smoother and more efficient. Today, AIT continues to grow by gaining market share rapidly through innovation. We enjoy bringing solutions to our customers that contributes towards their success, we believe as our customers grow, we grow.

At AIT, we believe in quality over quantity, innovation over what the market already has and desire to succeed over accepting failure. Our team consists of experts who feel there is always a way and do not accept NO as an answer. We always find a way to make the impossible possible

Biography

Amit Shah is the Founder of AIT Consulting Solutions, and started the company during his sophomore year of high school. He wants AIT to provide technology solutions that can impact individuals and businesses in a positive way.

Amit was recently recognized as one of the top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40. Amit enjoys working with the entire AIT team because his technology skills were born from passion and curiosity. He enjoys solving challenging issues and being a team player. Exceeding our customer’s expectations is a core principal to Amit.


Geordi Taylor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Company Description

Blue-Green Solutions (BGS) is Jamaica’s only producer of B100 biodiesel. BGS strives to provide its customers with quality biodiesel and timely delivery to meet their energy needs.

Biography

Geordi Taylor is an undergraduate Economics Major who is currently utilizing the tools of the entrepreneurship lab at Pace University to construct a business plan and for a biodiesel production facility in his home-country of Jamaica. Geordi hopes to provide Jamaican businesses and citizens with a cheaper alternative to high-priced petroleum diesel by producing B100 (100% biodiesel) while providing a means for them to reduce their carbon footprint on the environment and our atmosphere.