April

Alvernia students win Business Idea Challenge

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The Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business Idea Challenge for participants from all five Berks colleges this April. Sixteen business ideas were entered into the competition.

Modeled after the Shark Tank approach, each team pitched their business idea to a panel of judges from the local business community. 

Three ideas from Alvernia University's Business Entrepreneurship class achieved finalist status, and took home first, third and fourth place awards.  

Winning the competition were Paula Beltran, Tim Bauer, Rick Reid and Vincenzo Brutto — who presented "RB3 Do It With Help Automotive Repair." The main goal of their endeavor would be to help those who have technical automotive abilities have a place where they can put their skills to the test, and for hobbyists to gain some practice. "We want everybody to have a sense of pride in knowing they can do it," said the group, whose top priority is safety.

"RBM Wagon" is a mobile vending venture idea driven by Alvernia students Rory Clemens, Brian Zielinski and Matt Wells. "The key premise behind the food truck is to bring a quality meals to our customers in a convenient location." said the team. Their idea won the 3rd place award in the 2014 competition.

Earning fourth place was an endeavor called "Bagel Boyz," driven by Alvernia students Mike Weinhold, Chris Gehris and Anthony Carr. The main idea behind Bagel Boyz would be to create a place for people of all ages to eat a well-made breakfast and or lunch. Bagels would be prepared New York style with the opportunity for customers to get a tour of the facility to see how bagels are made.

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