Yesterday, at Syracuse University’s, Raymond von Dran (RvD) Innovation Disruptive Entrepreneur Accelerator (IDEA) competition, Busme! became one of the recipients of a $10K grant award in the Energy and Sustainability Category. This award was notably due to the last minute efforts of Nikolay Rodionov, who is the newest member of the team. He is a current MBA/Engineering student, and this event was a competition in which students had to be involved in the entrepreneurial endeavor.
Nikolay and I met at a Startup Weekend in Syracuse, New York. We basically pitched the same idea of getting the buses on line and onto a mobile device, only his idea related to the buses with which he is most concerned at the moment. As a current student he rides the bus between the South and Main campuses of Syracuse University.
I’ve been developing Busme!’s technology over the years to extend the management of a Busme!’s tracking system directly to individuals and their organizations. Nikolay decided to join the effort in the hopes of getting the University’s South Campuses buses on line, and being one of Busme!’s first beta testers.
All in all, it was a good event, with a lot of interesting ideas, proposed products and services, and we may develop some partnerships. We thank the Syracuse Univerity Center of Excellence and the Raymond von Dran IDEA event.
Dr. Polar Humenn
Founder of Busme!