VPA Students Among the Winners of 2021 Student Entrepreneur Competitions

Two College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) students were among the winners of the School of Information Studies’ (iSchool) Raymond von Dran (RvD) Fund for Student Entrepreneurship competition, the Hunter Brooks Watson Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award, and the Compete CNY regional qualifier for the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC), which were announced at the virtual event held on March 26. 

In the RvD Fund competition, Cassianne Cavallaro ’21, an illustration major in the School of Art, won $2,000 for “Mohan” in the education and well-being category. In the med tech and life sciences category, Ricardo Sanchez ’21, an industrial and interaction design major in the School of Design. won $3,000 for “SugEx: The Sugar Experience” with collaborator Russell Fearon ’20. G’21 (College of Engineering and Computer Science). Sanchez and Fearon also won $2,500 in the Hunter Brooks Watson Spirit of Entrepreneurship and were one of the top two teams in the Central New York regional qualifier of the NYBPC (med tech and life sciences category). The competition will be held virtually in May.