The second Rosen College of Hospitality Management Entrepreneurship Competition was held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. on the beautiful Mediterranean resort-style campus.
And the winner is, drum-roll please, Slip & Set Event Covers. Following presentations by the five finalists to the judges, Q&A, and sequestered judges’ deliberations, Slip & Set Event Covers, a catering event product, and the brain child of Tyler Dick and Kaitlin Des Jardins, was chosen by the judges as the winner of the second Rosen College of Hospitality Management Entrepreneurship Competition. The pair of entrepreneurs, who work in the catering department at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park, Florida, will receive $5,000. They plan to use to prize money to patent their product, which they make with pride in the USA.
Kaitlin Des Jardins, Tyler Dick and sponsor Barney Barber, Patton Hospitality Management
The second prize winner is Dhark Coco, an online boutique confectionery company, headed by Andra D. Chisholm. The chocolates feature 12 different flavors, hand-made in the Daytona Beach area and shipped nationwide. Andra receives a prize of $2,500, which she plans to use to brand her product.
The third prize winner is Family Ranch, an all-inclusive family vacation ranch, which will give a portion of its profits to establishing a permanent home for foster children. The concept was developed by Shane Carman, who will receive $1,000.
Congratulations to winners and to all the finalists of the Entrepreneurship Competition who took a leap of faith to make their dreams of starting their own business ventures come true.
The finalist in the competition were:
Ice Cream Food Truck
Dhark Coco, Online Chocolate, Confections, and Treats Boutique
Slip & Set Event Covers
Our Keynote Speaker for the Entrepreneurship Competition is David Adelson, Founder and President, Intelity. With more than 20 years of professional and managerial experience, David Adelson is widely recognized as a pioneer in the hospitality technology industry. He is the founder of leading hospitality software provider Intelity and serves full time as its President and CEO.
David ignited a revolution in hospitality technology when he brought Intelity’s ICE hotel guest interface to market, becoming the first company to allow hotels to offer guest services on guestroom tablets and through guests’ own mobile devices. Under his leadership, Intelity has grown into a multimillion-dollar corporation with technology deployed across six continents and maintained a reputation as the leading company of its kind.
Prior to creating Intelity, David served as senior director of sales and marketing at the Peabody Orlando for three years. Previously, he held the title of senior director of sales and marketing at the landmark Grand Hyatt New York where, beyond local responsibilities, he oversaw 15 other Hyatt properties on the East Coast. David earned his degree at Pennsylvania State University and has since taught hospitality at Drexel University, Cornell University and Boston College.
Final Round: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Reception at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:00 p.m: Finalists will deliver a presentation of no more than 15 minutes to a panel of judges. An additional 10 minutes will be allowed for Q&A on their venture.
If you have any questions about the Rosen College Entrepreneurship Competition, please contact Dr. Jeff Weinland at Jeffrey.Weinland@ucf.edu.