After four long years, Rum Dogs won the FBPC. Alex is taking the $20,000 and sinking it into rum. He launched the Spice of the Antilles limited edition rum at the competition. He is working on branding with his mentor, Sara Arnell, and plans to hit the Caribbean and European market after graduation and launch in the U.S. market in 2017-18.
Jamie Benjamin ’17 and Leif Catania ’17 earned the second prize of $10,000 and $2,500 in accounting services to launch a line of men’s and women’s clothing that speaks to the spirit of the Adirondack Mountains. Gregg Smith ’92, a partner in Edison Nation, mentored them. They are Juniors, so next year may be the charm.
Noam Kahn ’18, Dhruv Singh ’18 and Zack Jones ’18 received the third prize of $5,000 for developing a mobile app to help DJs better match playlists with the preferences of event attendees. Their mentor was entrepreneurial physician Kathryn Peper ’78.
Jonah Epstein ’16, who recently raised $10,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to crowdsource a distinctive Buffalo, N.Y., beer, won the fourth prize of $2,500. His mentor is Larry Peck ’92, a director at Peck Asset Management.
In addition, Claire Lindsay ’16 was awarded a special $5,000 prize in recognition of the important contribution that her launch of Green Onion LLC will make toward helping entrepreneurial farmers in the Hudson Valley.