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Zicklin Students Build a Green Future from Upcycled Plastic Bricks

August 30, 2023

Zicklin School of Business students David Jimenez (BBA, ’25) and Shenjie Qiu (MBA, ’23) are two co-founders of Quiick Briick, a Bronx-based startup that transforms recycled plastic into 

environmentally friendly building materials. The company’s six co-founders are all CUNY students who met through programs and workshops at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship.   

Smiling man in plaid shirt David Jimenez

David Jimenez (BBA, ’25)

David, a marketing major who is Quiick Briick’s chief sales officer, met Jessica Brewington, a Lehman College student and the company’s CEO and mastermind, at a Field Center “PitchPREP” workshop.  


“When Jessica told me about her idea of making inexpensive building materials out of recycled plastic, I knew I wanted to get involved,” says David, who was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the U.S. as a child with his family. “I’d always wanted to do something related to business and

Man in off-white collared shirt Shenjie Qiu

Shenjie Qiu (MBA, ’23)

the environment.”  


Shenjie, a Chinese native who has a PhD in polymer chemistry from the CUNY Graduate Center, is Quiick Briick’s chief engineer. “Thanks to the CUNY Startups program here, I was able to meet like-minded friends from other CUNY campuses who share a common goal of saving the Earth from plastic waste,” he says. “Quiick Briick has become like a loving family to me.”


Smiling woman in glasses and striped shirt Jessica Brewington

Quiick Briick inventor Jessica Brewington holds a prototype

This summer, the startup is hard at work developing a prototype of its “brick” — a durable, fire-retardant block made of recycled plastic with grooves enabling it to interlock with other blocks for ease of assembly. And thanks to a collaboration with a private university in upstate New York, a dollhouse made of miniature Quiick Briicks is being built, to offer potential investors a model of how the product will look.  

Quiick Briick prototypes