Winners of MYB $$eed Tank competition announced at WCC
On Thursday, January 28, MYB $$eed Tank in conjunction with local community partners, Westchester Community College, Chambers of commerce for Mount Vernon, Yonkers and the Bronx, gathered at the Westchester Community College - Mount Vernon Extension to announce the winners of its early-stage business entrepreneurs’ competition during a press conference.
A coalition of business leaders, led by Derickson K. Lawrence, and the chambers of commerce for Mount Vernon, Yonkers and the Bronx has partnered with Westchester Community College to create an invaluable competition and learning experience for early-stage business entrepreneurs.
The press conference attracted a very excited large crowd, with everybody anticipating the announcement of the winners and finalists of the first ever business entrepreneurs’ competition in Mount Vernon.
When the winners and finalists were asked by Lawrence to walk up to the front of the room to be introduced, they received a thunderous applause by the many in attendance.
First to be introduced were the participating finalists comprised of Rachel Nobre, Darren Harris and Elon Sylvester.
Next to approach the podium were the two actual winners of the competition - Zionia Francis, a current Westchester Community College student and handbag designer, and Saroosh Gull, founder of Event Combo, a small Internet start-up. Gull was presented with an enlarged replica check in the amount of $5,000 and Francis was awarded a check in the amount of $3,000.
“It’s all about economic empowerment, and spurring innovation for job growth within the region,” said Lawrence.
The majority of the 11 applicants, including the winners, who participated in the competition and were interviewed at the Westchester Community College Valhalla campus, attended the press conference.
“The goal will be to create labs to train Westchester Community College students for tomorrow’s tech jobs,” added Lawrence.
Francine Carl, Director of the Mount Vernon Extension Center and the lead facilitator of the initiative, worked hard with her team over the holidays and in the early weeks in January to ensure the college resources were available to effect this outcome: “It continues to be a pleasure collaborating with Mr. Lawrence and our local business and community leaders to reach out and nurture talented and passionate entrepreneurs. The College has a presence in Westchester communities specifically to help build economic growth through partnership, education and training,” said Carl.
The winners will also be recognized at the GROW Conference for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners, an annual business event that will be held at the college on Friday, April 29, 2016.
Zionia Francis (c) is all smiles after being presented a check for $3,000
Saroosh Gull (second from right) received a hefty check in the amount of $5,000
Three finalists (l to r) Rachel Nobre, Darren Harris and Sylvester Elon displaying their competition certificates
Derickson K. Lawrence speaking during the press conference