Business Competition Winner Builds Innovative Company


HIGH POINT, N.C., June 21, 2011 – A High Point University junior who won first place in the university’s first ever Business Plan Competition held in the spring is putting his plan into action with the launch of his company, Siren Alerts.

Ryan Varley, a rising junior majoring in entrepreneurship, won $7,500 in start-up funds in the competition, hosted by HPU’s Phillips School of Business. He and his older brother co-founded the company, which is designed to change the way service industries, such as restaurants and hotels, communicate with their customers.

Siren Alerts uses a text messaging system on mobile phones to alert customers when their dinner reservation is ready, when their dry cleaning can be picked up and more. It also allows them to see their name on waiting lists in real time, and it simplifies the notification process for the customer and the business, Varley says.

“The last thing people want to do is sit around idly,” Varley says. “Our system allows them to make better use of their time while they’re waiting for their cars to be fixed, to be seated at a restaurant or to have their prescription filled. The businesses save money by replacing traditional paging devices that are costly and have to be maintained.”

Varley credits both his entrepreneurship major and the Business Plan Competition with helping him to develop the skills necessary to run a company. And as he recruits clients, he says the business is thriving.
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