Business Plan Competition Past Winners

2016: Charles Roberts LLC – Jon Roberts (RBS MBA), Stephanie Charles

Jon Roberts, a Rutgers MBA student, and partner Stephanie Charles won first place in the 2016 business plan competition at Rutgers Business School. Their company, Charles Roberts LLC, launched the dri-sound headphone cover. It's the first of a line of innovative market solutions that the company will create to help spawn sustainable businesses. The partners won $20,000 as the first-place winners. 

2015: Playa Bowls - Desi Saran (RU '07, RBS MBA '14) , Robert Giuliani (RU), Abby Taylor


2014: Bergen Botanicals - Brian Bergen (RBS MBA)

BRIAN BERGEN, WHO WON FIRST PLACE IN THE RUTGERS 2014 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION, is the founder and owner of Bergen Botanicals, an indoor landscaping company.


2013: Opcura - Ross Goldstein (graduate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), Cesar Cheng (current Rutgers Executive MBA student)

Ross Goldstein and Cesar Cheng, winners of the 2013 Rutgers Business School Business Plan Competition, used part of their $20,000 prize money to place this billboard near the Garden state parkway which helped increase web traffic and registrations by 300%.


2012: Heart Juice – Tanay Makim (RU ’12), Ray Li (RU ’11)

Heart Juice, winner of the 2012 Rutgers Business School Business Plan Competition (from left to right): Tanay Makim, Finance (RU '12), Ray Li, CEO (RU '11), and John Vitug, President.


2011: Tea & Honey Blends – Tashni-Ann Dubroy (RBS MBA ’11)

Tashni-Ann Dubroy (RBS MBA ’11)and Tiffani Bailey Lash, co-founders of Tea and Honey Blends, a hair care company, impressed judges with business plan ready to take off.

Entrepreneur, MBA alumna Tashni-Ann Dubroy featured in Bloomberg Businessweek

Two women's entrepreneurship spirit show how combining business and science might lead to a global brand


2010: StratiMed – Sunay Shah (RBS MBA ’10)

Winners Sunay Shah (RBS MBA ’10) and Maria Frantz with Richard Romano (center).


2009: The Intersect Fund – Rohan Mathew (RU ‘09), Joe Shure (RU ‘09)

The Intersect Fund grew out of a desire to bring the campus to the community. When Rohan Mathew (left) and Joe Shure (RIGHT) were editors at The Daily Targum — Rutgers University’s student-run newspaper — they saw two sides of New Brunswick, N.J. Read More.

Alumni entrepreneurs give advice on growing social businesses


2008: Bookswim –  Shamoon Siddiqui (RBS ‘08)

Fun in the sun