Dec 26, 2013
12:40 PM

Yale MBA Students Win Business Plan Award for ‘App’ on No-Show Patients

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Second prize for best business plan was awarded to the Sign Language App, developed by a student team from the University of Bridgeport School of Engineering. The team is in the process of developing a mobile phone application that translates American Sign Language (ASL) signals into text messages to assist hearing-impaired people in communicating with people who do not understand ASL, the release said. (Above, University of Bridgeport team members Sultan Nour, Mohana Alfaransani, Ying Lou and Adviser Gad Selig.)

“Definitely it means a lot to compete and [get] the second place,” said team leader Mohana Alfarasani, a Bridgeport resident. “Even though we [are] international students and English is our second language, that was one of our team concerns, to present and answer the judgment questions.” Second prize came with $500.

The Best Online Executive Summary award of $500 went to MusicVault, the work of a student team from Quinnipiac University headed by Hamden-resident Nicholas Hakim that involves developing a “cloud-based” music storage system that can accept music downloads from all available online platforms such as iTunes® and Spotify®.

The Best Oral Presentation was awarded to Ryan Piraneo of Central Connecticut State University, a Farmington resident, for his plan to develop a hockey-themed sporting goods retail store in the New Britain area. That also came with $500.

Several awards were also presented by the competition’s sponsors for services ranging from legal assistance to space in a startup incubator. (Right, Central Connecticut State University Faculty Adviser Drew Harris with Ryan Piraneo at the business plan competition.)

Winners included Rubber Beater, a rubber golf club to help golfers vent their anger at bad shots safely, developed by a student team from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Ebb and Flow Landscaping, from a student team from Manchester Community College, which involves proprietary lawn and garden designs consisting mainly of medicinal plants, herbs and organic vegetables, and KolWorks, from a student team from Housatonic Community College that is in the process of developing and patenting a robotic device that can mow lawns and store the grass clippings while in the process of mowing.

The Spring 2014 Connecticut Business Plan Competition will be scheduled for late April 2014. 

Investors and other interested members of the public who wish to participate in future competitions should contact Michael Roer at The Entrepreneurship Foundation by email at


Yale MBA Students Win Business Plan Award for ‘App’ on No-Show Patients

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