Meet the Entrepreneurs

Current Students

Josh Cohen '15

Josh Cohen is DJStereoshock! An international DJ and electronic dance music composer and producer straight out of New Jersey, Josh is in his third year at Champlain. Josh has been interested in music for many years, but has been working on his professional music career for over a year and a half. Since coming to Champlain, Josh has been constantly in his office studio working on new music, and has been focusing much of his time while in BYOBiz on the business side of his career. "I've been working on branding for my company, and I'm really big into using social media to promote my music". Currently, his beats are broadcast weekly to over 250,000+ people on 107.1 FM or at Fridays 12-1 AM. Josh hopes to begin touring the international DJ circuit within the next five years.

BYOBiz Alumni

Jade Jenny '10

Champlain College BYOBiz program

Jade Jenny, a Business major from South Burlington, Vermont, graduated in May (summa cum laude). Following his passion for health and fitness, Jade founded Champlain Valley Crossfit during his senior year at Champlain. CVCF is a fitness studio based around group classes geared to functional fitness and an ever evolving program of custom exercise and nutritional education. Champlain Valley Crossfit recently celebrated its third year of operation, and is enjoying immense success.

Andrew Hammond '11

Andrew Hammond majored in Web Development and Design. Andrew is from Alexandria, Minnesota, and graduated from Jefferson Senior High School. Andrew's business, Tremorlab, develops software, as well as rapid social and mobile web development, including several complex websites for industrial customers. Currently, Andrew is working on an "in-house" project, the creation of a website (Red Cup) offering classifieds and other content targeting college students.

Marguerite Dibble '12

Marguerite Dibble is a recent graduate of Champlain, and a Game Art & Animation major. She is the co-founder of Birnamwood Games, a professional game design company she created with a small group of fellow Champlain students. Marguerite and her team recently launched "Loc", a spacial reasoning puzzle game. The game is described as a mental challenge for puzzle lovers, with a depth and artistry not found in most puzzle games. "It's bringing a 2D puzzle to a 3D level," says Dibble, who chose Champlain specifically for the opportunities she knew BYOBiz could provide. Marguerite is also excited for the launch of "Pathogen," an intensely competitive game in which one move can alter the its outcome. The game will be available for PCs and tablets starting this fall.

Maxwell Murray '12

Max MurrayMaxwell Murray has crafted a business that engages his two passions: skiing and heavy equipment. While attending Silver Lake Regional High School, in Kingston, Massachusetts, Max built an excavation and landscaping company which at its peak employed 10 adults and operated a fleet of heavy equipment. In the winters, Max worked in mountain operations and as a ski patrol member at a ski resort in New Hampshire. Max won a prestigious McKelvey Scholarship awarded to promising student entrepreneurs and came to Champlain.

In BYOBiz since his first year, Max dabbled in various web business concepts before returning to his true passions. Max's latest venture is Mountain Ventures, LLC, which provides consulting services to improve the efficiency of snow making and grooming operations and training services to small and medium sized ski areas. In addition, Max hopes that Mountain Ventures will provide the platform for his long held dream, to establish a snowcat based ski resort. This August, Max and his team traveled to British Columbia to evaluate a potential ski area for redevelopment to his vision. Max is currently undertaking discussions with the government of British Columbia to gauge their receptivity to his new vision for the resort and to negotiate peripheral infrastructure investment by the BC government.