April 24, 2014
College students square off in final round of New York business plan competition
By: Megan Rogers
Source: The Business Review
Skidmore College juniors Marcella Jewell and Ezra Levy have an
entrepreneurial focus this academic year: To build a business that
matches the creative skills of their classmates with local business
Since this fall, the team has been developing Open Campus
to pair Skidmore College students' creative pursuits with the needs of
local businesses. Students can design logos, website and graphics,
photograph products for a fee, but businesses pay less than they would
by hiring a professional company.
"It's taken over our lives. We
spend so much time on this company," says Jewell, a junior studying
political science and computer science at the private liberal arts
college in Saratoga Springs. "I've never worked so hard on anything."
Skidmore College juniors already have seen some payoff. They recruited a
finance student from the University at Albany and a computer
engineering student from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy to
help build their service. They also matched 60 students to internship
opportunities, placed in the top six at the Skidmore College's business
plan competition, and are one of 12 Capital Region teams competing
Friday at the New York Business Plan Competition.
The event will
be held at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering off Fuller
Road in Albany. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m.
A total of $500,000 in prizes will be awarded.
compete in one of six categories. The Open Campus team is in the social
entrepreneurship and nonprofit track. Other local colleges, including
UAlbany, Rensselaer and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
are sending teams to the event.