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Bay Area alumni judge von Dran IDEA Awards competition

von Dran IDEA Award Recipient

Three Bay Area alumni served as judges for the 2013 Raymond von Dran IDEA Awards competition held on the Syracuse University campus in April. Michael Bodenstab ’97, Helen Howard Harmon ’62, and Robert Goldman ’81 were among the 23 judges for the competition, which is one of the largest funding competitions for college and university student entrepreneurs in New York State.

Named for the former dean of the iSchool, the late Raymond von Dran, the RvD IDEA Awards provide up to $10,000 to student ventures, allowing the students to start for-profit and nonprofit ventures in Central New York. The award was endowed by Gisela von Dran, professor emerita of the master of science in Library and Information Science program, an iSchool Board of Advisors member, and the widow of Raymond von Dran.

Michael Bodenstab, a graduate of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, is CFO and vice president of business development at Intelligent Healthcare, specializing in leading startups to profitable companies and successful exits. Helen Harmon, also a graduate of the Whitman School, is an angel investor in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a member of the Keiretsu Forum. Robert Goldman, CEO and founder of Konnect Solutions, invented digital music downloads; the former CEO and founder of Vascular Designs and GetMedia graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in psychology.

Winners included Thunder Cakes, a remote location bakery on the Syracuse University campus specializing in custom-order cakes, fundraising for organizations, and corporate catering, created by SU pre-med student Courtnee Futch ’15 (center).