On November 11, 2022, Long Island University (LIU) welcomed 145 New York City students for the first-ever Lightning Business Pitch Challenge! VEI hosted 35 teams from across all five boroughs on LIU’s Brooklyn campus to pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors, similar to the Elevator Pitch and National Business Plan Competition. This time, students had only 5 minutes to impress their group of investors, presenting the most essential parts of their business and financial needs to 23 volunteers from HSBC and Broadridge Financial Solutions. This was an amazing event that allowed students to put their presentation skills to test, as they prepare for the NYC Business Plan competition this upcoming February!
We thank the team at LIU Brooklyn, and Graziela Fusaro, Dean of Business at LIU, for making this event possible. We also extend our gratitude to the incredible group of judges – from HSBC and Broadridge Financial Solutions – along with our incredible VEI National staff, especially Paul Presti, New York Metro Regional Director, and Lindsay Dewey, NY Metro Program Coordinator.
Congratulations to the schools that participated in the competition!
The results from each division are as follows:
1st Place: Care, New Dorp HS | VE Coordinator: Jessica Dragone
2nd Place: Flip’N, Ralph Mckee HS | VE Coordinator: Isai Serrano
3rd Place: NYC Pizza, Port Richmond HS | VE Coordinator: Barry O’Brien
1st Place: Fort Hamilton HS- Umami, | VE Coordinator: Tom O’Neill
2nd Place: Matariki, Edward R. Murrow HS | VE Coordinator: Lisa Costantino
3rd Place: JobLinc, Abraham Lincoln HS | VE Coordinator: Joseph DeSiena
1st Place: Francis Lewis HS- NuApps, | VE Coordinator: Chris Power
2nd Place: Chelsea Pets, HS of Fashion Industries | VE Coordinator: Mirna Damian
3rd Place: Guardian Insurance, JKO HS | VE Coordinator: Karen McMahon
1st Place: Rekindle, Academy of Finance and Enterprise | VE Coordinator: James Caracciolo
2nd Place: Bio Pack,Forest Hills HS | VE Coordinator: Robert Suydam
3rd Place: Helping Paw, ArchBishop Molloy HS | VE Coordinator: Joseph Touzin
1st Place: HS of Fashion Industries- Fly-NY, | VE Coordinator: Vita Vaccaro
2nd Place: Eudora, Academy of Finance and Enterprise | VE Coordinator: James Caracciolo
3rd Place: Paw!nder, In-Tech Academy | VE Coordinator: Marcia Hunter-Innis