Entrepreneurship for the Public Good

BEREA COLLEGE WINS BIG AT THE 2014 APPALACHIAN IDEAS NETWORK SHOWCASE

Posted on by Ali Djire

Berea College’s teams Campus Post, MyIntakeScanner, Just Move It and Carson-Newman University’s JeffConnect won 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place and $2,000, $1,750, $750 and $500 respectively on their business concepts and social ventures at the 9th Appalachian IDEAS Network.  The Berea College Entrepreneurship for the Public Good program (EPG), in collaboration with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, hosted a one-day competition on April 11th, where Berea College sponsored four teams to compete in the showcase along with Carson-Newman University.

 The 1st place winning team composed of Faye Barry, Cameron Cohran and Ali Djire, their concept is a Mobile Technology (Campus Post), dedicated to providing colleges and universities in Appalachia a tool that would help increase retention rate by getting students involved. Campus Post is a mobile application designed to increase the likelihood of students becoming engaged on campus through a list of events and activities on campus based on the students’ interests. Image

The 2nd place team includes Abraham Kali, Ali Djire, Aung Soe Lin and Ifeanyi Madejubeya, their concept (MyIntakeScanner) is an Android application that allows people to scan foods and drugs against their health status to ascertain the safety of their intakes. MyIntakeScanner enables users to create a health profile consisting of food(s) they are allergic to and medication(s) they are currently taking and based on those, MyIntakeScanner enables users to scan ingredients of their intakes against their health profile. Image

The 3rd place team was Nasser Mostafazadeh, Jenna Brooks and Gracie Emma and their concept (Just Move It) is a community–based social enterprise model focused on obesity awareness and reduction.  It looks to also provide an engaging educational experience to teach children how to lead healthier lives. Image

The 4th place winner of the competition from Carson-Newman University included Kayleigh Clark and Helen Nix.  Their concept, JeffConnect, is to provide a safe, reliable transportation service that will provide access to greater quality of life in the short and long term of its community members at no cost. JeffConnect plans to offset the deficiencies of public and private transportation in Jefferson County, TN.

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The Appalachian Ideas Network Showcase is a regional, multi-university, entrepreneurship education initiative designed to enable Appalachian undergraduate college students to develop entrepreneurial social ventures that address local community issues. Teams of students partner with local organizations and develop an innovative, viable business concept to address a local community issue.

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