New Venture Competition

Over the past four years, the New Venture Competition has awarded more than $60,000 in direct prize money and thousands more in consulting and pro-bono services to support promising new ventures.


Victory sweet for Bryant's 2015 New Venture Competition winner

YummyBazaar.com, an online platform offering the most delicious and authentic food from around the world, delighted the judges at Bryant University's New Venture Competition on Oct. 16. Company Co-founder David Meskhi, a finance major who graduated in 2001, won the competition and was awarded the $20,000 top prize.

Savoring the victory, Meskhi said: "Winning the competition had a dramatic impact on us. Starting the business we took a look of risks, invested a lot of savings, and put our hearts into the enterprise. It was rewarding to have that recognized. 

"And then there's the $20,000 first prize, which is incredibly helpful in the context of a lean startup."

The judges also recognized: Alumni runner-up Shain Waugh '00, student winner Lindsey Lerner '15, and student runner-up Nick O'Hara.  

The New Venture Competition, designed to spotlight alumni enterprise and support promising new ventures, is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement in coordination with Bryant's Entrepreneurship program. Forbes ranked Bryant No. 34 on its list of America's top 50 entrepreneurial colleges and College Factual/USA Today ranked Bryant No. 5 in Entrepreneurial Studies.

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