On October 31, three Penn State Wilkes-Barre Information Sciences and Technology students competed in the Entrepreneurship Institute Competition held at Marywood University and Wilkes University.
Dixit Patel (Wilkes-Barre), Tom Walter (Taylor), and Nick Frushon (Wyoming) participated and took third place in the three day competition which gave students information on valuable business skills in order to run a successful company. They were then challenged to create their own business ideas and present them to a panel of judges of business leaders from NEPA.
Patel, Walter, and Frushon created Fudory.com, a social media site for food lovers to share images or short videos of users' favorite plates along with the experiences that went along with those plates. Even with the stiff competition in the social media market today, the judges saw a bright future for Fudory.com since their premise is based on a straight-forward "click and tell", and not a "share, share, share" method like their competitors. The beta version of the website is up and running and is being used by all lovers of food as well as restaurants.
The trio was offered a place to compete in the Business Planning Competition in the Spring, where they can possibly win $100,000 and in-kind business services to help initiate their company and gain significant knowledge in the business world.
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