Student 2 Biz Winners Announced

The WNY Consortium of Higher Education (Consortium), in partnership with its 21 member institutions proudly announces the Best All-Around Pitch winner for its 2nd Annual WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge. This regional competition pitted 35 student teams from eight Consortium institutions in a student pitch competition with the top 10 teams going to Albany for over $500,000 in prizes.

The WNY competition offered students opportunities to compete along six tracks: Biotechnology/Health Care, Nanotechnology, Energy Sustainability, Information Technology/Software, Products/Services, and Entrepreneurship/Nonprofit. This competition is billed as critical to building the entrepreneurial ecosystem that Western New York seeks to build with its numerous entrepreneurial events/competitions and technology incubators.

2014 Best All-Around Pitch: Proteus, University at Buffalo
2014 First Runner Up: EMVISS, University at Buffalo

The 1st Place, Best All-Around Pitch won $1,500 and was presented with the “traveling” Best All-Around Pitch
trophy to display for a year at their institution. 2nd Place, Best All-Around Pitch won $1,000.

In addition, the following teams have been selected to represent WNY in the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany on April 25, 2014:

  • Patients First, University at Buffalo
  • EMVISS, University at Buffalo
  • VolunTEEN, St. Bonaventure University
  • WestWorx, University at Buffalo
  • BalanceIT, University at Buffalo
  • Proteus, University at Buffalo
  • YPS, University at Buffalo
  • Dining Clue, Niagara University