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ENTREPRENEURS FROM BARUCH COLLEGE
AND FORDHAM WIN TOP PRIZES IN BUSINESS COMPETITION



Renaissance, a “green“ enterprise that plans to manufacture fashionable products from recycled materials, took first place in the “social track” of the expanded 2008- 2009 Baruch College and Merrill Lynch Invitational Entrepreneurship Competition. The winners, a 5-person Honors MBA team from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, will receive $10,000 prize money for their business plan and presentation, as well as an additional $30,000 in seed money once the start-up has been successfully launched.

Pandora’s Wish, a one-of-a-kind New York City based registry service that will connect local merchants with engaged couples, took first place in the traditional “business track.” The winning team was from Fordham’s Graduate School of Business. They will also receive $10,000 in prize money as well as $25,000 in seed money once the business has met certain development criteria.

Winners were announced at a special ceremony and awards dinner held at Baruch College on May 19, 2009. Beginning in September and running through mid-May, the annual competition provides students with an extraordinary learning experience that spurs innovative thinking and aims to bring new business ventures to market. Prior winners have launched a variety of successful ventures including several food service providers, clothing firms, and web-based advertising and marketing operations.

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