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2014 Rise to the Challenge Winners

2014 Rise to the Challenge Winners 

UB Student New Idea: Cash Prize $500 Nikolay Ratajczak, 2014 rise to the Challenge Winner in UB Student New Idea

Charm City Model      Nikolay Ratajczak                         

The Charm City Model is a residential real estate development business that is socially, environmentally, and financially responsible for rehabilitating and leasing vacant properties within targeted city neighborhoods, for the purpose of neighborhood revitalization.

EIR: Danny BenDebba

UB Student Existing Business: Cash Prize $2,500 and
Crowd Favorite New or Existing Business: Cash Prize $250

Michael Palmisano, 2014 rise to the Challenge Winner in UB Student Existing Business

Guitargate.com                   Michael Palmisano              

Guitargate.com is the marriage of a college level guitar curriculum with an interactive social network, designed to re-create the experience of studying at a world class guitar school at a price point anyone can afford. The site is live and the student feedback has been outstanding.

Assigned UB Entrepreneur in Residence: Mr. Steve Cissel 

UB Alumni New Idea: Cash Prize $500 Michael Horton, 2014 rise to the Challenge Winner in Alumni New Idea

Tobbs                          Michael Horton                            

Tobbs is a unique brand of men's ties, which comes with a matching handkerchief and cufflinks packaged in a gift box covered in the same material as the tie.

Assigned UB Entrepreneur in Residence: Mr. Danny BenDebba  

UB Alumni Existing Business: Cash Prize $2,500 Adrian Hessen, 2014 Rise to the Challenge Winner in Alumni Existing Business

TenantRex                   Adrian Hessen                          

TenantRex delivers by standardizing fragmented lease comp data into effective rents, aggregated averages and analytic metrics. This provides brokers with insights into market trends and accurate benchmarks for leasing strategies and negotiations.

Assigned UB Entrepreneur in Residence: Mr. Harold Rubin