Students, alumni win top spots in 2017 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge

FIU students & alumni won top spots in The 2017 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge.

Last month, more than two dozen FIU students and alumni competed in the FIU track of this year’s Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge, which offers entrepreneurs a chance to turn their business idea into reality or grow an existing business.

The FIU Track finalists showcased concepts for education, the sharing economy, healthcare, finances and technology. The 2017 winners are:

  1. Nuvola – creator of guest management software that helps hotels monitor and respond to hotel and guest needs
  2. MunchSquad – a mobile app that enables restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets to reduce surplus food by selling it to hungry college students
  3. Use Your Words – an app used by parents to teach language and communication to their pre-verbal and nonverbal children on the autism spectrum.

Miami Herald Business Plan ChallengeNow in its 19th year, the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge is sponsored by FIU’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center. The competition, which also includes a general community track and a high-school track, is open to anyone with a business idea or startups that are less than two years old.

With finalists and winners featured in the Miami Herald, the competition allows entrepreneurs to receive exposure that could lead to partnerships and funding that may get a venture off the ground or help grow an existing business.

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