Student entrepreneurs

Get to Know the 2016 GIA Finalists: The Women’s Bakery

We’re about a month away from the final event for the Global Impact Award, our business plan competition that awards up to $50,000 to impactful, scalable, and sustainable Washington University in St. Louis ventures. As the final event inches closer, we’re excited to introduce the four finalist te...

Countdown to GIA

By Shauna Williams on October 7, 2016 in Alumni entrepreneurs, Business Plan Competitions, Student entrepreneurs

In exactly one month, a new Global Impact Award recipient will be named. Finalist teams have been hard at work all summer as they prepare their deliverables for the final event. Over the next few weeks, we will be profiling each finalist team on the blog–sharing their best practices and sec...

GiftAMeal reaches 1,000 meals with Applebee’s!

By Shauna Williams on July 20, 2016 in Student entrepreneurs

St. Louis Applebee’s Locations Reach 1,000 Meals Provided to the Local Community on the GiftAMeal App On May 16th, 31 Greater St. Louis Applebee’s locations joined the GiftAMeal program. In just 7 weeks, over 1,000 meals have been provided to those in need due to customers using the GiftAMeal mob...

The Humble Hustle: WashU team, GiftAMeal, adds to their accolades

By Shauna Williams on June 21, 2016 in Student entrepreneurs

It has become quite common to hear the words “GiftAMeal” and “winner” in the same sentence. The GiftAMeal team has been on a roll since launching their social impact startup in 2014. The mobile app (formerly FoodShare), which funds a donated meal to the hungry with the snap of a photo, has locked...

Spring Boeing Patent Challenge Finals

By Shauna Williams on May 5, 2016 in Business Plan Competitions, Student entrepreneurs

We’re always impressed by the ideas brought forth by students at Washington University in St. Louis, and this semester’s Boeing Patent Challenge participants are no exception. Six teams participated in the Boeing Patent Challenge finals on April 25th, and four teams walked away with $...

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Boeing Patent Challenge enters Phase 2

By Rosemary Gliedt on October 3, 2015 in Business Plan Competitions, Student entrepreneurs

Last week marked the end of the Translation Phase of the Boeing Patent Challenge announced in August.  Judges from Boeing and Skandalaris heard presentations from 20 teams and made the difficult decision of selecting 2 for “best translation of the day.”  Team VMLVM (Vamsi Marla and Ma...