Bungalow Insurance Wins Wharton Business Plan Competition Perlman Grand Prize

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

Bungalow Insurance won the $30,000 Perlman Grand Prize of the 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition. The prize was awarded at the Wharton School’s annual Venture Finals on April 30, 2015, where student finalists received more than $128,000 in combined cash prizes and in-kind legal/accounting services.

2015 Business Plan Competition Perlman Grand Prize Winners Zack Stiefler WG'15 and Tom Austin WG'15, founders of Bungalow Insurance.
2015 Business Plan Competition Perlman Grand Prize Winners Zack Stiefler WG’15 and Tom Austin WG’15, founders of Bungalow Insurance.

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ThirdEye: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Rajat Bhageria EE’18 (Team Leader), Ben Sandler C’18/ENG’18, David Ongchoco C’18, and Joe Cappadona ENG’18 (Team Members) of ThirdEye

There are over 7 million blind Americans who are largely dependent on others. We believe in empowering the blind. Thus, we have built a Google Glass app that verbally tells visually impaired persons what they are looking at. Already, we have beta tested our product, been featured in international media, and have secured a partnership with the largest blind persons’ organization in America.

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Soceana: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Tess Michaels C’15/W’15 (Team Leader) and Natasha Doherty W’18 (Team Member) of Soceana

Soceana is a Software-as-a-Service technology platform that enables corporations to better manage and promote corporate social responsibility. Soceana’s corporate volunteerism tools enable skills-based matching, data metrics, and employee engagement through social media. Soceana bridges philanthropy and volunteerism using a patent-pending digital social good currency. Soceana’s SaaS platform integrates the internal CSR systems with a vibrant social media network generating social good of a higher order of magnitude.

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Silver Lining: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Rel Lavizzo-Mourey WG’15 (WEMBA-West), Team Leader for Silver Lining

Team Members: Miriam Williams C’04/WG’15 (WEMBA-East), Pav Dharwarkar WG’15 (WEMBA-West)

Silver Lining is a double bottom line company that creates custom lined outerwear in collaboration with artists to highlight the idea that “It’s what’s inside that counts.”

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Prayas Analytics: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Yash Kothari W’15, Team Leader for Prayas Analytics

Team Member: Pranshu Maheshwari C’15/W’15

Prayas Analytics is an analytics solution that lets brick-and-mortar retailers run tests and optimize in-store operations. By collecting continuous data on store operations, we allow retailers to make changes to their in-store offering, similarly to how tools like Google Analytics allow websites to be optimized. All of the data is collected seamlessly by analyzing the video feeds from security cameras in the store.

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