My favorite line of the day came from York College student
“What does LinkedIn offer? When you connect with somebody, what happens?” he asked. “Nothing!”
The crowd in the college’s Willman Business Center auditorium laughed.
But Bryce and his team had a business startup idea, Connectant, that would help people put those social media contacts to practical use.
The Connectant crew brainstormed, researched and pitched this business idea over the course of three days at York College’s Spartan Startup program, sponsored by the school’s J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Community Engagement.
The workshop, built on the 3DS (3-Day Startup) model, was facilitated by Sandra Spencer, and it brought students and community members together to create business ideas that could actually come to fruition. The 3DS program has resulted in 135 startups nationally and internationally.
At York College, four teams went through the grueling, speedy process and gave final pitches to a panel Sunday.
In addition to Connectant:
- The Motion Music team hopes to develop cordless headphones that allow users to control volume and other functions with simple hand motions.
- The Raised by Titans team seeks to build a platform that helps share the untold success stories of communities such as York.
- The Epicenter team wants to help businesses in York and elsewhere attract and grow more diverse customer bases.
I served on the final pitch panel with Anthony Moore of Graham Architecture, Patti Stirk of Star Systems Engineering, Jen Phillipe of Penn State York, and James Norrie of York College’s Graham School of Business.
It was an impressive display of teamwork and the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that has made York great. I hope these business ideas become reality.