Friday, January 27, 2023

Entrepreneurs Shine at FAU

The Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University—under the direction of Kimberly Gramm, who champions the start-up vision like no one in Boca—continues to be a field of business dreams for those trying to push their fledgling operations to the next level. Look no further than the recent Business Plan Competition, which gave FAU students and entrepreneurs an opportunity to rub elbows with and learn from established business leaders, angel investors and other experts.

The three-day event culminated in presentations by 16 different teams—eight student-track finalists and eight entrepreneur-track finalists, out of more than 230 entrants—who were competing for a share of some $200,000 in cash and prizes.

On the student side, Thomas Gregory and SoFla Sunwear captured first place, impressing judges with a beach apparel concept that’s already generating buzz. During his presentation, Gregory, the company’s CEO, noted that SoFla Sunwear has fulfilled orders in 18 states with its mix of men’s and women’s shorts and T-shirts, as well as headgear and decals.

Meanwhile, Max Cacchione, CEO of Rotation Manager, took home the entrepreneur track’s top prize on behalf of his company with a concept already making a difference for nursing students. Rotation Manager eliminates the paperwork associated with clinical rotations by bringing nursing students, hospitals and colleges into one easy-to-manage software platform.

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