More than 100 students and faculty came together to celebrate Suffolk’s most accomplished entrepreneurs. And CEO of MassChallenge John Harthorne delivered the keynote remarks. 

Here are this year's winners:

Entrepreneurship Director's Award

Senior Adrianna Garrett received the Entpreneurship Director’s Award. This award goes to a student who exhibits leadership skills and elevates the academic and external goals of Suffolk’s entrepreneurship program.

Outstanding Entrepreneur Service Award

This award went to Javier Madrigal and Adrianna Garrett for their outstanding commitment, value, and integrity to the entrepreneurship program.

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Senior Ralitza Dountcheva received the Social Entrepreneurship of the Year Award for using entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture that has a positive social impact. A human right advocate, Dountcheva aims to put an end to human trafficking.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Yousef Jafaar was named the Entrepreneur of the Year because he exhibits strong leadership skills in the classroom and shows commitment to launching a new venture.

Sigma Nu Tau

Students with a GPA of 3.4 and above were inducted into Sigma Nu Tau, the Entrepreneurship Honor Society. Sigma Nu Tau offers students the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work, achievements, and dedication to their entrepreneurial studies. Members are part of a young entrepreneur network, where they can interact with, and learn from, faculty and successful entrepreneurs.

Dr. Sushil Bhatia’s Competition for Innovative Ideas

This year, more than 300 people submitted new product ideas and competed for $100,000 in capital seed funding and in-kind services. Winners included:

  • Joshua Boyce, Matt Thomas—Their Drop-In app is a new way to purchase water through partnerships with local businesses.
  • Eda Kazancioglu, Esra Sorusbay—Cook-E provides fresh cookies with unique vending machines. Orders are placed via cell phone, and the cookies are freshly baked by the time you arrive.
  • John Mensch—His Renegade Wristband is a lightweight, easy-to-use, one-time survival kit for service providers.
  • Ryan Pantaleo, Tucker Matheson—Nutrishots are push-shake drink products that are available in a small cap and dispenser. All ingredients remain separated until time of use.
  • Gent Puto—Heating Plaster is used to treat punctures from jellies and other marine animals.
  • Kaitlyn Tanyer—Her Dual Laptop Storage-Case provides storage space for papers, notebooks, and pencils. It features a snap-on, plastic shell that’s scratch-proof and attaches to the outside of laptop.
  • Aisha Ummokhayr Usman—E-Sterilizer can sterilize airborne infections, thereby preventing the spread of diseases like SARS and Influenza.