Learners Pitch Business Ideas to University Neighborhood

The University’s Pompea Enterprise Approach EXPO was the culminating event of an impressive study course that brings collectively learners across all disciplines to produce alternatives to genuine-environment troubles, produce enterprise programs, and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

January 8, 2021

By Renee Chmiel, Workplace of Marketing and Communications

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The Pompea Organization Approach EXPO introduced alongside one another college students throughout all disciplines.

Ashley Fiorianti ’24 wished to build something beneficial during what has been a tough and annoying time for so quite a few. She and her roommate formulated the concept for ConnectUs, a organization that would support individuals struggling from loneliness and depression throughout the coronavirus global pandemic.

Due to the fact patients in care services have not been equipped to acquire bodily visits, she and her classmates developed a way for individuals to check out with loved kinds. Visitors would don transparent hazmat fits, just take chemical showers, and travel by a system of tunnels connecting the parking great deal and secure conference rooms. Fiorianti and her classmates lately pitched their thought for the duration of the University’s Pompea Organization Program EXPO.

“My favorite aspect of the EXPO was obtaining to do a thing outside of my field of examine and categorical a little something I am actually passionate about,” reported Fiorianti, a psychology big. “I learned a ton a lot more about the business enterprise planet and how it all works. I also uncovered about finances and how to run a organization.”

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Group H2O’s enterprise prepare would handle the want for safe and sound drinking h2o in Ethiopia.
‘A definitely transformational learning experience’

Fiorianti’s team was one particular of 6 that participated in the closing pitch competition, the culminating function of “Business and Entrepreneurship,” a class for pupils in all majors to work together to, this semester, layout an ground breaking solution to deal with a authentic-earth problem linked to h2o, energy, food stuff, and/or COVID-19. They collaborated to develop a enterprise system, establishing techniques these as leadership and group presentation.

The groups were being selected from a dozen semifinalist teams representing the 140 students in the nine sections of the course. They introduced their company programs to a panel of judges that incorporated Pompea Faculty of Enterprise Advisory Board customers Craig Douglas ’82 MBA and Jim Betzig as well as advisory board chair Josephine Moran ’01 M.S., ’19 EMBA, a member of the University’s Board of Governors.

College students also presented to their fellow learners, as very well as alumni, faculty, and staff – including University of New Haven President Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.

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Ashley Fiorianti ’24 provides her organization idea in the course of the University’s Pompea Business Program EXPO.

“This method delivers a actually transformational discovering practical experience for our pupils,” he said. “To have the possibility, as initially-calendar year college students, to not only produce – but also pitch – a business strategy to a panel of executives is very special and something college students really should be quite proud of. I know that the skills they have acquired will provide them properly all over their time as Chargers and wherever their professions may possibly get them in the future.”

Giliana Santaniello ’24 and her teammates proposed “Allied Collaboration Internet marketing,” a internet marketing enterprise serving small companies. She explained it was a enjoyment and partaking understanding encounter.

“I preferred currently being ready to feel of a company thought and build the aspects with my teammates,” she said. “This experience uncovered us to a expert surroundings in which we acquired to adapt and consider rapidly to response concerns and accurately current information and facts.”

Image of Charles Pompea '71, '90 EMBA, '06 Hon. annoucning the winner of the expo.
Charles Pompea ’71, ’90 EMBA, ’06 Hon. announced the profitable staff.
‘You are all winners’

Held through Zoom, the competitiveness integrated a “crowd selection” ingredient, by way of an application presented by Nousium LLC (dba Funding Founding).

Brian Marks, J.D., Ph.D., study course coordinator and a senior lecturer in the Office of Economics and Organization Analytics as very well as govt director of the University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan, observed that the app is intended to foster viewers engagement and authorized college students to appraise the pitches independently from the judges. Viewers associates had been to think about they were being offered $100,000 to allocate to the several pitches, which had been then ranked by the sum of cash allocated to them. This year, the student audience and the judges agreed on the prime two teams, which Marks famous is a testament to the teaching afforded to the students in course.

“Quid Pro Expand,” a corporation that would intention to lower food waste by offering a pickup service for composting, obtained the maximum funding and was declared the group favored. Crew H2O, which would address the need for safe consuming drinking water in Ethiopia, was the team that the judges declared the winner. The profitable group as chosen by the judges will have their identify engraved on the Pompea Business Approach EXPO Cup shown in the Orange Campus foyer.

Charles Pompea ’71, ’90 EMBA, ’06 Hon., who, with his spouse Tamera, sponsored the method, watched the students’ presentations and introduced the winner. He informed the students he was amazed with their operate.

“You are all winners,” said Pompea, chair of the University’s Board of Governors. “You should really be really happy of the do the job you have finished. I am pretty happy to be listed here signing up for you.”