(WBNG Binghamton) A family enrolled at SUNY Broome came in second place in the New York State Business Plan competition, beating out teams from Columbia, RIT, Cornell, and more.
The Zielewicz family created an energy-efficient, technology-based business called Hybridry; it's a cleaner, greener and safer method for drying clothes than what currently exists on the market today.
Hybridry entered the regional business plan competition and was one of the teams selected to compete in the New York State competition in Albany on April 25.
There were 560 teams throughout the state initially entering the competition, but SUNY Broome was the only community college to place in the finals.
The SUNY Broome team was awarded second place in the Energy/Sustainability category, beating out graduate and undergraduate teams from colleges such as Columbia University, Clarkson, RIT, Cornell, Skidmore and Syracuse University.
Bob Zielewicz and his three children made up the SUNY Broome team. They are all enrolled at the community college for the Sping 2014 semester.
Bob Zielewicz, who graduated from “Broome Tech” some time ago, decided to join his children and return to SUNY Broome to study entrepreneurship. He enrolled in the semester by taking BUS 213 – Business Plan Development.
Two of his children were already enrolled full-time. His older daughter, Sarah, has her Master's degree in Biology/Science Education from Binghamton University. She decided to expand her education by taking the First Aid/CPR Certification course at SUNY Broome as the family worked on their business plan.
Throughout the semester, the Zielewicz family attended classes together and worked on developing their business model with their instructor, Laura Knochen-Davis, classmates, and the Binghamton University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
"This is a good example of how Binghamton University and SUNY Broome work together to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater Binghamton Area," said BU's Dr. Per Stromhaug, Assistant Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development. "I am not surprised that the team did so well in the New York State Business Plan competition final."
On behalf of her family, Sara Zielewicz noted “We are extremely grateful for all of the knowledge and support that SUNY Broome has added to our lives.”