On Thursday evening, students who had submitted business ideas to the business pitch aspect of MTA LEAD, had the opportunity to present their plans to the Executive Council. After submitting their business ideas in late December, the students were paired up with a Council member to help advise them as they thought through the idea and worked on the pitch.

On Thursday, students presented their ideas in the hopes of being assigned an official project mentor, a leader in the business world that has the skill sets that can help grow the idea and develop the student’s business acumen. Additionally, at the end of the evening, the Council selected the “Best Presenter.” The council judged this award based on the presentation itself and the feasibility of the idea. Congratulations to Tsahi Halyo (’16) who won the inaugural award and will be receiving an Amazon giftcard! Tsahi pitched the concepts of a USB band that can also serve as a watch, and have interchangeable faces and parts.

Other ideas proposed including a teen art and literature online magazine, special male and female clothing to allow for the easy carrying of newborn infants, couponing for gas stations, a new aggregation and tagging web service, a website to help launch new products, an app to help control all electronic appliances within the home, and more. The committee was extremely impressed with each idea and it was very apparent how much thought and work went into every presentation.

Special thanks to our Executive Council members who were able to attend, including David Blumenthal, parent, alumnus, and CEO of Forward Looking Management, R. Moshe Kinderlehrer, alumnus and YUHS Director of Institutional Advancement, Avi Muchnick, alumnus and CEO of Aviary, Inc., David Schwartz, alumnus, board member, and Senior Director at Pepsi Co., and Michael Strauss, Associate Dean and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at YU’s Sy Syms School of Business. Thanks also to council members who were unable to attend, but who have been continuously helpful through the year: Binyamin Kaminetzky, parent, alumnus and Partner at Davis, Polk & Wardwell, and Harris Goodman, Chief Development Officer at Late Night Labs.

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