Meet the 2018 Spring Capstone Winners

The Capstone course at Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management requires teams of students to propose and develop a viable, sustainable entrepreneurial venture. At the end of each semester, these student teams compete against one another in the Capstone Business Plan Competition. This spring, over 20 teams competed. 

ThermAware Inc., proposed by Gianna Mangicaro, Donald Foster and David McCarroll, took home first-place. ThermAware Inc. aims to create a thermochromic, color changing coating to revolutionize the cookware and bakeware of the 21st century. ThermAware Inc. seeks to offer a product mix utilizing a proprietary heat-sensitive, color-changing technology through a tri-layer thermochromic coating. This coating will be applied to the exterior of stainless steel cookware and bakeware and will change color to red when heated to alert that it is unsafe to touch. Their faculty advisor was Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice Ken Walsleben.

Hoodini, a uniquely innovative approach to a detachable hoodie, placed second in the competition. Adaptable to any backpack, the Hoodini attaches itself using strong magnets that guarantee fabric stability for the hoodie when strong gusts of wind occur. The product is packaged as a backpack accessory, readily available to the user at the first sign of inclement weather. The Hoodini team included Divya Yeleswarapu, Troy Gates, Rebecca Vasconcellos, Quentin Rosso and Steven Winschel Jr. Their faculty advisor was Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice Alexandra Kostakis. 

Erin DiFabio, Olivia Feng, Jessica Fricker, Kyojoon Koo and Karl Lutz of Paw Pro received third-place. The main goal of Paw Pro is to offer comfortable shoes for dogs that do not rub against paws and stay on without difficulty. Paw Pro shoes mitigate the problem of hairy paws collecting snow, ice and other weather residues. The product comes in all sizes and products paws from the hot pavement in the summer and snow, ice and salt in the winter. Ken Walsleben was also the faculty advisor for Paw Pro. 

An honorable mention was given to Marisa Bartos, Elizabeth Anderson, Jared Nelson, Eric Santangelo and Steven Javier of APPLi, whose mission is to give children and their parents the freedom to choose contact lenses over glasses, without worrying about the risks of them becoming lost, contaminated or damaged. APPLi has created a product that simplifies these activities by making them hands-free using a small motor and precise sensor technology, protecting the lenses from bacteria on the skin, in the air, and the surrounding environment

An honorable mention was also given to Credente, proposed by Dew Mekto, Taylor Kaaukai, Jonathon Henderson, Kaiwen Li and Leeko Lu. Credente provides a safe and reliable network, which can be used by hospital credentialists to track their physician’s information and credentials for hiring purposes. The service utilizes Blockchain technology to reduce human error and drastically shorten the credentialing processes while preserving confidentiality.

Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice John Torrens was the faculty advisor for APPLi and Credente.

Arielle Spears

Arielle Spears

Arielle is a content marketing specialist for the Whitman School. In this role, she is responsible for supporting Whitman’s overall marketing strategy through content development on digital channels, including websites and social media. After receiving her B.A. from Syracuse University, she went on to earn her M.S. in public relations from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
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