More than half of all students who have entered the competition have majored in areas other than management and business. Advised by Skidmore alumni who serve as mentors after participating in the semi-final round as judges, students have developed businesses and organizations with remarkable potential.
- Windrush. Riley Alsman ’13, Max Walker ’13, and Mark Morrison ’13 entered the 2013 Freirich
Competition and are still going strong with their a new web tool, which enables technically
unskilled communicators to quickly “draw a picture” of their data and post great-looking
web pages that tell their organizations’ stories in visually compelling ways. In 2015,
they joined the selective FlashStarts Startup Accelerator in Cleveland and have since
expanded six full-time employees with headquarters in Saratoga Springs.
- Leaf Pile Media. Winner of the 2014 competition’s top $20,000 prize, three English majors—Walter
Barber ’13, Ian VanNest ’13 and Andrew Zimmerman ’13—raised $22,000 in a Kickstarter
campaign and have made a distribution deal with Massachusetts-based Greenbrier Games
Inc. They’re creating a new and captivating fictional universe called Champions of Hara, represented first in a board game and ultimately in a comic book and in a video
- East Coast Lacrosse. Seth Berger ’14 was a high school lacrosse player when he saw the need for a better
lacrosse short and decided he would launch his own business to make one. Taking third
in both the 2013 and 2014 Freirich competitions, Berger continues to achieve double-digit
growth for his sports apparel firm, finding new customers around the world.
- Wellfleet Sea Salt. Hope Schwartz-Leeper ’13 and Zach Fagiano ’13 took second place in the 2012 competition
with their eco-friendly approach to producing artisanal organic sea salts from the
waters around Cape Cod. Their products are now available online and at nearly 60 retail
outlets. They’re now developing blends and flavors using local ingredients as well
as other original Cape Cod products.
- Summer Destinations. Winner of the 2013 Freirich Competition, Sam Schultz ’14 launched Summer Destinations as a consulting service that matches Chinese youth between the ages 8 and 17 with summer camps in the United States. Schultz is now expanding into summer group travel.