The Freshman Experience: Biz 1+2 is a cohort program that jump-starts business education by introducing fundamental business courses. This allows students to collaborate and gain hands-on experience developing a business plan from ideation to creation with dedicated faculty and state-of-the-art facilities that simulate an industry experience. At the end of the fall semester, team business plans are presented to a panel of alumni and industry professionals for their critique and advice. Students continue to develop their plans in the spring semester and present them once again where two winners are determined. 

Congratulations to Jada Jennings ’24 (management information systems) and Justin McFadden ’24 (business administration and management) from Professor McGowan’s class as they created B Straws, banana leaves are used as an alternative to plastic and paper straws. McGowan noted that "The team did outstanding research on their sourcing and manufacturing processes and costs and even made a prototype. They delivered a very impressive and dynamic presentation!"

Congratulations to Ayushi Patel ’24 (marketing), Jessica Klein ’24 (supply chain management), and Seth Russo ’24 (business administration and management) from Professor Ward’s class as they created EZ Waste, a collapsible container with refillable, biodegradable bags to store waste when you are on the go. The first product of PGD LLC committed to helping environmentally friendly consumers reduce waste with ease. Professor Ward mentioned, "The team did a really good job designing the product, prototyping it, and working out a very viable business launch plan. Their presentation was outstanding!"

Previous winners are listed in the document below and available on the Biz 1+2 website.