Jul 21, 2004 — Sy Syms School of Business senior Reuben Kerben received an honorable mention and $100 for his business plan at the Palo Alto Software 2004 Business Plan Competition.
Mr. Kerben, a finance major from Great Neck, NY, presented his plan for his venture company Bionex Corp., which seeks to provide fingerprint recognition technology for credit card purchases. He is currently working with several banks and credit card issuers across the United States to introduce the biometric credit card.
“The fact that I received an honorable mention from Palo Alto is a personal milestone,” he said. “It sends a clear message to me and to my classmates at Sy Syms that the institution and professors really prepare students for writing an exceptional and award-winning business plan.”
Mr. Kerben’s business plan also received third place and $2,000 in Sy Syms’ Dr. William Schwartz Business Plan Competition held last March.
“Reuben has all the instincts of a dedicated entrepreneur whose keen sense of market need will play a major role in his future success,” said Lawrence Bellman, assistant professor of management and marketing at Sy Syms. “In an undergraduate entrepreneurial program, students who are tasked to conceive a business idea and write a business plan usually do so without the business experience that enables the venture to succeed. Reuben’s efforts reflect a business person’s view of a market need and the tools needed to successfully launch a new venture.”
Palo Alto Software develops and markets business planning software. Contestants in its business plan competition are judged by business planning experts on various criteria, including management strengths, nature of the business case, business strategy, and competitive analysis.
Jul 21, 2004 — The leadership of the Yeshiva University Women’s Organization (YUWO) is sponsoring singles buffet suppers to assist alumni and their friends to get to know each other and perhaps for some to meet the man or woman of their dreams.
“We were looking for a special project to celebrate our 80th year and the 19th year of the Future Builders young leadership group,” said Dinah Pinczower, YUWO’s national chairman of the board. “The idea of an evening of good food and conversation in congenial home settings was suggested as a way of assisting men and women to meet in a safe and constructive way. There was immediate interest and before the meeting was over five of our members volunteered their homes for the event.”
Several “mix and match” buffet suppers are planned throughout the metropolitan area on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 26. Invitations are being mailed to YU alumni and alumnae, and to others of similar ages and Jewish backgrounds. There is no cost to attend. Response cards ask those who wish to participate to indicate the school or schools from which they graduated, their occupation, and their interests.
To the extent possible, we will balance the men and women in each group according to their backgrounds and interests,” Mrs. Pinczower said.
Mrs. Pinczower added that spouses of 44 rabbis were invited to submit names of single people.
Those interested can call the YUWO office at (212) 960-0855 for more information.