Mendoza profs, student, build app to help venues social distance

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Melissa Jackson | August 3, 2020

If the coronavirus pandemic ended tomorrow, Scott Nestler’s newly launched company’s days would likely be numbered.

He’s ok with that.

After all, only during such an upside-down time as a global pandemic could a startup that pinpoints the optimal way to avoid capacity crowds at an event be useful. As colleges and universities reopen their campuses in the age of physical distancing and capacity restrictions, the question of how to safely seat people in large, ticketed spaces such as stadiums, arenas and theaters while still maximizing attendance (and revenue) is a million-dollar question.

Enter SafeSeating Solutions — the aptly named company that Nestler, the academic director for the Master of Science in Business Analytics program at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, cofounded with Mendoza colleague Seth Berry and graduate business student Joe Jenkins (MSBA ’20, MBA ’21). The trio developed a cloud-based tool to help venue managers plan out the optimum seating configuration that aligns with their physical distancing and reduced capacity mandates.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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