Philadelphia, PA – For immediate release – Bill Ringle, business growth strategist and CEO of LearnWell.com, participated as a finalist judge to determine the winners of Temple University’s 12th annual business plan competition, Be Your Own Boss Bowl. The competition is open to all entrepreneurially minded students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Temple and has a track for undergraduate students and another for graduate/faculty/alumni.
This year’s winners were honored in an Awards Ceremony on April 21, 2010, and the Grand Prize winners – Chaitanya Sakhalkar, Francois Sagna, Kevin McCardle and Steven Trinh, of Next Engineering – all undergraduates from the College of Engineering – received a prize package that included cash, software, professional services, and more. Next Engineering produced a motorcycle shock absorber that applied a clever technology to smooth out the ride under a variety of road conditions.
The undergraduate track winner was Lion Tea, led by Ray DeRosa, with Neighborhood Foods by Dylan Baird taking second place.
The graduate/faculty/alumni track winner was 123LinkIt.com, led by alumnae Yasmine Mustafa. Urban Turbines, led by D. Daniel Martino and Ben Schneible, placed second.
“Temple’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl draws from an incredibly creative and diverse population, and that was evident in this year’s finals,” observed Ringle. “I was blown away by the high level of quality businesses presented in this year’s competition. The depth and degree of polish by the undergraduate entrepreneurs put them on par with the graduate/professional level track. It was clear that many of these entrepreneurs are going to follow through on their ideas, which is a very good sign for the growth of new businesses in the Philadelphia region.”
In awarding the grand prize, Mr. Ringle looked for the most strategic, well thought-out and comprehensive business plan. Winners are encouraged to use their prize money to make their businesses a reality; past winners have gone on to launch many successful companies, including Pit Bull Development, Sand Shack, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Elements and Alloys, Stuzo and more.