NOLE Tank Competition Announces Winner
Posted on: March 10, 2014
Friday evening, April 11, the final round of NOLE Tank was held at FSU Panama City with the top three teams pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges composed of local entrepreneurs and business experts.
The top three teams pitching in the final round included STRudent, an application for students to save and earn money through use of a student-to-student marketplace, Beach Ready Rentals, a vacation rental management and service company and Syndri Software – Picâ€™d, a social photo application.
The Picâ€™d team claimed the top pitch and walked away with $1000 for their winning business idea. Team member Bipol Alam said, â€śThe NOLE Tank competition is what motivated us to work together and seriously consider creating Syndri Software and making it an actuality instead of just a dream.â€ť
â€śIt has been a great experience working with student entrepreneurs throughout the NOLE Tank competition. The studentâ€™s excitement for their entrepreneurial aspirations is something the BIC is proud to encourage and foster,â€ť said Pamela Kidwell, director of the Business Innovation Center.
FSU Panama City Students were given the opportunity to enter their business ideas into the first ever NOLE Tank competition hosted by the Business Innovation Center (BIC) and sponsored by Florida First Capital Finance Corporation.
The panel of judges included local attorney, Andrew Levy of Harrison Sale McCloy Attorneys at Law, Jamin Finlaw â€“ Finale Enterprises, Chris Moore â€“ General Dynamics Information Technology and Emmanuel Hernandez â€“ Assistant Professor of Business & Technology at Gulf Coast State College.
Andrew Levy, chairman of the Business Innovation Center said, â€śThe NOLE Tank competition sponsored by the Business Innovation Center provided a great opportunity for students to share their business idea and for them to get feedback on their business plans.â€ť
About the Business Innovation Center (BIC)
The mission of the Business Innovation Center (BIC) is to foster entrepreneurship through a structured model that provides tools and metrics for success to emerging innovation-based enterprises. By fulfilling this mission, the BIC will contribute to job creation and provide for enhanced economic health in Northwest Florida.
Photo Caption: (L-R) Andrew Levy – Judge, Chris Moore – Judge, Brandon Yates â€“ Picâ€™d team member, Brian Hague â€“ Picâ€™d team member, Bipol Alam â€“ Picâ€™d team member, Jamin Finlaw – Judge and Emmanuel Hernandez – Judge.