Bob Zielewicz who graduated from “Broome Tech” sometime ago, decided to join his children and return to SUNY Broome and study entrepreneurship the Spring 2014 semester by taking BUS 213 – Business Plan Development. Two of his children were already enrolled full-time and his older daughter Sarah has her Master degree in Biology/Science Education from Binghamton University but decided to expand her education by taking the First Aid/CPR Certification course at SUNY Broome as the family works on their business plan. They created an energy-efficient technology-based business called Hybridry – a cleaner, greener, and safer method for drying clothes than what currently exists on the market today. Their technology utilizes a fluid to air heat transfer to dry clothing. Their goal was to learn more about business and creating a business plan was the first step.

Throughout the semester the Zielewicz attended classes together, worked on developing their business model with their instructor Laura Knochen-Davis, classmates, and the Binghamton University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Binghamton University’s Dr. Per Stromhaug, Assistant Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development notes, “Binghamton University’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships has enjoyed working with the Hybridry team and other entrepreneur students at SUNY Broome this semester, by providing technical guidance, programs and resources. This is a good example of how Binghamton University and SUNY Broome work together to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater Binghamton Area. I am not surprised that the team did so well in the New York State Business Plan competition final”

Hybridry entered the regional business plan competition and was one of the teams selected to compete in the New York State competition in Albany on April 25th. The SUNY Broome team was awarded second place in the Energy/Sustainability category beating out graduate and undergraduate teams from colleges such as Columbia University, Clarkson, RIT, Cornell, Skidmore and Syracuse University.

On behalf of her family, Sara Zielewicz notes, “We are extremely grateful for all of the knowledge and support that SUNY Broome has added to our lives.”