Employ Me! – an app that connects entry-level potential employees to employers in their area – won the $3,000 first price at William Paterson University’s eighth annual Pitch Tank Competition on March 5.
The app was created by Mojahed Hamdeh of Wayne. He goes on to compete at the April 26 U-Pitch NJ (New Jersey’s Collegiate Business Model Competition) event at Seton Hall University, representing William Paterson.
Hamdeh, a senior majoring in finance and professional sales at William Paterson, believes his employment platform uniquely targets students from ages 16 to 25 who are seeking jobs or internships, and matches them with employers who have difficulty filling those entry-level positions.
Four students in total won prizes for their ideas in the final round of the competition, a six-month process that included writing a detailed business plan and seeking advice from mentors and professors. Presentations were judged on innovation, need and market, revenue and sustainability, investment requirements, marketing and launch, and perseverance and competence.
In second place, Adrian Rodriguez of Paterson, a senior majoring in financial planning and economics, won $2,000 for developing Pocket Advisor, a web platform where users aggregate their financial data to help them better manage their financial life.
Kacper Boguszewski of West Milford, a sophomore majoring in sales, won the third place award of $1,000 for Wheel Hub, a web platform to help car enthusiasts locate and purchase aftermarket wheels that will fit their car.
In fourth place, Sherif Gharib of Little Falls, a junior majoring in accounting, won $500 for Sheakon, an inflatable bed rail for toddlers. The device slips under the sheet and prevents children from falling.
The Pitch Tank Competition was open to all undergraduate students in any major at William Paterson. The event was held in the University’s Cheng Library Auditorium, where finalists presented an outline of their business plan.