Daemen Accounting Students Among Top Winners in WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge

Daemen Accounting Lab Team Members Now Travel to Albany for New York State Competition April 26

 

April 18, 2013

 

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Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472

                mandrei@daemen.edu

 

Students in the Daemen College Accounting Lab have been awarded second place in the regional WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge today.

 

The Daemen team took honors in the Social Entrepreneurship/non-profit category. Team members will be traveling to the New York State competition in Albany, April 26, 2013.

 

            “Coming only a day after the 2013 Daemen Academic Festival, an annual celebration of excellence, the students in the Daemen College Accounting Lab have proven they are among the best in Western New York,” said Daemen President Dr. Gary Olson.

 

            “The College is very proud of our first team to compete in the Student 2 Biz Challenge, and more excited for their next competition.  Congratulations and thank you to the Daemen team, and Daemen Accounting and Information Department Chair Dr. Linda Kuechler.”

 

            The Daemen team advised by Keuchler included accounting students Brian Fehr, Dung Hoang, Jeffrey Jones, Angela Vacanti, and Kyle Kaptruowski.

 

The regional WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge was championed by Canisius College Women's Business Center and the University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.  A total of 29 teams from Western New York competed in four of seven categories today at Canisius, with the top two winners for each category advancing to the New York State competition in Albany.  

 

“With over $225,000 in prizes and an incredible upwelling of entrepreneurial energy in Western New York, we are excited about the possibility of taking home a statewide award,” said Kuechler.   

 

The WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge is a collaborative effort between the 21 member institutions of the WNY Consortium of Higher Education. Members promote entrepreneurship between student teams along six categories:

 

1. Biotechnology/Healthcare

2. Energy/Sustainability

3. Information Technology/Software

4. Nanotechnology/Advanced Technology

5. Product/Services

6. Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit

 

The four areas that had entries today were Energy/Sustainability; Information  Technology/Software; Product/Services; and Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit.

 

This summer, a number of WNY winners will be offered an opportunity to incubate their businesses for up to a year on their home campuses.  Incubated teams will be connected with college faculty, institutional resources, and a team of five external mentors to support the development of their business. Participating students and the WNY Consortium seek to launch student businesses grounded in innovation, research, and strong mentorship while providing an economic boost to the WNY economy.

 

(L-R) Steve Harvey, Executive Director of the WNY Consortium; Kyle Kaptruowski; Melinda Rath Sanderson, Executive Director of the Canisius Women's Business Center; Brian Fehr; Angela Vacanti; Dung Hoang; Jeffrey Jones; and Martin Cassteven, UB Technology Incubator.

(L-R) Steve Harvey, Executive Director of the WNY Consortium; Kyle Kaptruowski; Melinda Rath Sanderson, Executive Director of the Canisius Women's Business Center; Brian Fehr; Angela Vacanti; Dung Hoang; Jeffrey Jones; and Martin Cassteven, UB Technology Incubator.

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