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Quest for Success

Gary Gold
(l-r) Entrepreneurs John Reine '96 and Steven Vasquez '96, who founded ReQuest along with Brutus Youn '96, took part in last year's Student Business Plan Competition. Their company is now located in Rensselaer's Center for Advanced Technology.School of Science
At this time last year, all they had was an idea, a business plan, and pedal-to-the-metal determination. Now the former Rensselaer students who started ReQuest have a high-tech product, customers, and a chance to join the ranks of successful RPI entrepreneurs.
  President John Reine '96, CEO Steven Vasquez '96, and Chief Engineer Brutus Youn '96 invented a device that allows you to store and organize digital photos and immediately view them on your television screen, with no need for a personal computer. You can even add text, narration, and music!
  ReQuest is already in limited production and has an office at Rensselaer's Center for Advanced Technology.
  The founders' big break came when they won Rensselaer's first Student Business Plan Competition last May. (The team qualified because Vasquez and Youn were graduate students and earned MBA and master's in engineering degrees at last year's commencement.)
  The first prize of $3,000 plus an additional $20,000 in start-up capital was provided by Rensselaer alumni to encourage entrepreneurial students, says William Stitt '63, director of the Center for Technological Entrepreneurship (CTE), which sponsors the competition in cooperation with the Lally School of Management and Technology.
  It's time now for the second annual Student Business Plan Competition. Winners, selected by a panel of respected Rensselaer entrepreneurs, will be announced April 28.
  And it's not too late for Rensselaer alumni, venture affiliates, and companies in the Incubator and Tech Park to enter the original Business Plan Competition, which started in 1996 and is still going strong. For more information, contact CTE's Jeanne Stefanik at (518) 276-8398 or at stefaj@rpi.edu.


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