|[November 01, 2013]
Fairfield University Accelerator and Mentoring Enterprise opens its doors
FAIRFIELD, Conn. --(Business Wire)--
A specialty bakery, a green living consulting firm and a smart power
strip to wirelessly coordinate home automation are the first 'client
companies' of the Fairfield University Accelerator and Mentoring
Enterprise that aims to help idea makers become successful entrepreneurs
and business owners.
The promising entrepreneurs behind those business ideas were introduced
at a ceremony for the new business incubator, also known as FAME (www.fairfieldame.org)
held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the FAME Suite. An effort to
nurture start-ups and foster economic development, the endeavor is a
collaboration of Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of
Business, the Town of Fairfield Economic DevelopmentDepartment, and
"Welcome to the Connecticut innovation ecosystem," Catherine Smith,
Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community
Development, said at the standing room only event.
FAME aims to offer innovators the tools they need - from guidance to
funding to prime downtown office space - to turn their ideas for
promising new products and technologies into realities.
The clients are:
Daphne Dixon, of Fairfield, Conn., who founded 'Conscious Decisions,' a
socially responsible business venture, to educate the public on
sustainable and eco-friendly living practices.
Nicole Juliano Peranick, of Stamford, Conn., a graduate of the Dolan
School of Business and the French Culinary Institute. Her idea "With
Love From The Cupboard, Inc." is a 'baked to order' dessert purveyor
that unlocks old world, secret family recipes.
Jamie Ramerini, of Fairfield, Conn., a 2013 graduate of the Dolan School
who works for Merrill Lynch, and School of Engineering senior Diego
Mamani collaborated on BluStrip by Watt U Control, an electronics design
firm with a low cost home automation solution. The device had its
origins in the University's student Business Plan Competition.
Those attending the opening included Fairfield University President Rev.
Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.; Donald E. Gibson, Ph.D., dean of the Dolan
School; Michael Tetreau, First Selectman of Fairfield; Albert Kleban and
Ken Kleban; state Sen. John P. McKinney; Rep. Kim Fawcett; Rep. Brenda
Kupchick; aides to U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and U.S. Congressman Jim
Himes; Chris Bruhl, of The Business Council of Fairfield County; and
Paul Timpanelli, of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.
Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the
world's oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions.
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