Lander College for Men Announces Second Annual Student Entrepreneur of the Year Competition for Yeshiva High School Students

Date: November 06, 2009
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New York, N.Y. - Dr. Moshe Sokol, Dean of Touro College’s Lander College for Men (LCM), has announced the 2009-2010 J. Morton Davis Student Entrepreneur of the Year Competition. Now entering its second year, the competition is designed to motivate students at yeshiva high schools throughout the New York metropolitan area by encouraging their creative talents and ingenuity.

“Last year’s competition proved to be a major success and we look forward to reviewing the innovative ideas presented by this year’s bright young minds,” said Dr. Ira Teich, an assistant professor of marketing and management at LCM and director of this year’s competition.

Interested students are asked to submit – either by themselves or as part of a team - a brief, one- to two-page summary of their idea or invention. Summaries must be submitted by November 27 to Dr. Ira Teich, competition director, at Students will then be asked to submit by January 8, 2010 a full business concept plan that may contain up to 10 pages.

Five finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges and notified by January 30, 2010. The five finalists will then have the opportunity to present their product or service to a distinguished panel of judges, consisting of senior business leaders and successful Jewish entrepreneurs, on February 11, 2010 at Touro College’s Graduate School of Business, located at 65 Broadway in Manhattan.

Professor Lawrence Bellman, senior judge, echoed Dr. Teich’s remarks, noting that last year’s first place winner, Eric Forkosh of Rambam Mesivta High School in Lawrence, N.Y., is currently filing a patent on his invention, BusAlert!, an electronic device that notifies children and parents how far away a school bus is and alerts them with visual and audio cues when the school bus is close.

“The prototype system is done and Eric’s in the process of obtaining FCC licensing and incorporation. He also started his own company, Narobo, to handle the marketing of his invention,” Dr. Bellman said.

In addition to Forkosh, last year’s winners were: Joseph Benun, Yeshiva of Flatbush, and the team of Yaacov Schlusselberg and Michael Saltzman of Rambam Mesivta High School in Lawrence, N.Y.

Winners will receive cash awards ranging from $1,500 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place.

This year’s competition has been funded by Wall Street investment banker and venture capitalist J. Morton Davis, well-known for his generosity in philanthropic circles.

Further information about the 2009-2010 J. Morton Davis Student Entrepreneur of the Year Competition is available from Dean Sokol at 718-820-4888 or Rabbi Barry Nathan at 718-820-4884.

Lander College for Men/Beis Medrash L’Talmud, located in Queens, N.Y., is committed to the pursuit of excellence in Jewish and academic studies in a personalized environment. Established in the fall of 2000, the purpose of LCM is to provide a superior college education for students committed to serious Beis Medrash learning in an atmosphere of Torah.