Queensborough Advances to State-wide Finals in the New York State Business Plan Competition

Published: April 09, 2014

For the second year in a row, Queensborough students participated in the intercollegiate New York State Business Plan Competition sponsored by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), on March 26. Queensborough was the only community college in the New York City Regional semi-finals, and they competed against graduate students from Columbia University and New York University.

Two of the five teams have been selected to compete in the statewide finals to be held in Albany on April 25.

QCC students presented business plans drafted by the collaborative efforts of Queensborough’s Science, Technologies, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academy, Business Academy and Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy. Specifically, the presentations focused on financial literacy, fashion applications and solar technology.

“All of our students were recognized by the judges for their outstanding abilities,” said Professor Christine Mooney of the Business Department. “Their hard work helped prepare them for the rigorous competition against MBA students from prestigious four-year institutions.”

Each year, students from the ten New York State Regional Economic Development zones are invited to submit business plans to the competition. In 2013, Queensborough had two teams compete in the New York City Regional Semi-final round.

The members of the 2014 Queensborough student team are: Miguel Jara, Nikolan Lee, Paul Donato, Luisa Tamayo, Orit Yaron, Erik Sehnalek, Ken Lee, Richard Williams and Kiana Lewis. Their faculty mentors/advisors are: Drs. Christine Mooney and Julita Haber as well as Professors Stuart Asser, John Buoncora, Suzanne D’Agnes, Elaine Thompson and Ted Rosen.

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