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    04.15.15 Second Annual CUBE Innovators Competition Rewards Student Ingenuity
    Brooklyn Law School CUBE Innovators Patrick Mock Paula Collins

    Five students received seed money to launch new startups after winning the second annual Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) Innovators Competition on April 9. The purpose of the competition is to address legal issues and structures affecting entrepreneurial ventures and legal services for entrepreneurs. Students present their proposals before a panel of judges.

    Patrick Mock ’17 won the $2,000 prize for his proposal, Buoy, which addresses the problem of student loan debt by incorporating a crowdfunding model into a student loan service.

    Ben Brash ’16, Jonny Suser ’16, and Sam Tarasowsky ’16 earned the second-place prize of $1,500 with their proposal for Legal Capture. Using smartphone image capture technology in conjunction with machine learning, Legal Capture is an app designed to be a resource for people who receive tickets or citations for minor infractions. For example, a user who received a parking ticket could use the app to gather real-time ticket information, find common defenses to a particular infraction, and learn what evidence he or she might need to gather to contest the infraction.

    Paula Collins ’17 won third place for her FLIC (Film Legal Information Center) app, which would deliver a virtual law practice, direct client services, and business/entrepreneurial services to a community of Indie film artists in Brooklyn and surrounding areas. Many independent films never see the light of day because of legal issues that could have been avoided. FLIC helps the artist recognize and identify potential hazards and get legal protection before completion of the project. Collins also created a video to demonstrate how the FLIC app would work.

    Prizes were made possible through the Nancy and Stanley M. Grossman ’67 CUBE Fellowship Fund.

    Judges included Evan Azriliant ’92, Partner, S&E Ariziliant PC; Andrew Finkelstein ’91, Managing Partner, Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, Finkelstein & Partners, Finkelstein, Blankenship, Frei-Pearson & Garber, LLP and Fine, Olin and Andermna, LLP; Raphaela M. Giampiccolo ’87, Associate General Counsel, Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC; and Richard McCarthy ’99, Vice President and General Counsel, MakerBot.

    CUBE also hosted “Innovations in Financing Social Good” on April 10. The symposium, which examined funding options for social enterprises, featured a keynote address by Michael Schlein, President and CEO, Accion, and Chairman of the NYC Economic Development Corporation.

    Schlein spoke of how the success of micro finance has changed how we look at those living in poverty, and how we should address the issue. “We need to harness the capital markets and create institutions that deliver both social and financial returns,” he said.