Khomba Africa placed 2nd in our Zuventurez PITCH 2018 season, and they’re taking their app to every corner of South Africa to positively impact communities and small businesses.
ZV Fellow and PITCH 2016 third place winner, Jennifer Vassel, MA ‘12, MBA ‘18, is the author and founder of “I Am Unique!” A children’s book series and empowerment brand that inspires girls to overcome their insecurities so they can share their unique gifts and do more of what sets their soul on fire.
CEO and founder of Venture Leather Company and our Zuventurez PITCH 2018 first place winner, James Crawford '09 tells us about his experience and how the $15,000 prize money will directly impact his business. His leather company in Uganda invests 100% of their profit back into local businesses that cultivate strong and supportive communities through Venture’s work.
Connecting is a core need as human beings. With our rapidly expanding world and different circles that we need to maintain, the need for a one-stop relationship managing platform was needed and Social Media answered the call. From a start up in a garage to an idea in a dorm room, you have to begin somewhere so why not start where you're at?
"The “why” is the heartbeat of your business or startup. But what does that even mean?" Guest Blogger Alex Russ '17 tells us about how he and his brother found their Jewelry company's, M57 Revolution, vision and purpose.
Hello, my name is AI. How may I help you? This year, AI is predicted to be further integrated into our daily digital lives... and we're not just talking about Apple's talking poop emojis. This new technology opens up a whole new realm of opportunities in strategic communication, logistics and creativity.
Well there it is: your 2017 Zuventurez intern team and my last Zuventurez blog. Unfortunately, with graduation around the corner, only Leanne will be returning for the PITCH competition in the spring. All the rest of us are excited to keep up with Zuventurez via social media, and loved the opportunity to work with such an amazing team!
I cannot believe the next time we meet, you will be one workshop away from pitching your idea on the live stage. Thankfully, this is the first time Zuventurez PITCH has extended over two semesters. This means you have all Christmas break to capitalize on your startup, work with your coaches, and build your pitch deck to the strongest point in it’s development.
Investors want to see that your startup is generating profit and continuing to grow. To display the profit , find the total costs and subtract this number from the total sales. This gives the investors an idea of how profitable your company is and the possibility of growth. Discover where your customers find value and build off of that.
There is so much more to beginning a startup then I ever imagined there would be. There are so many questions that need to be asked which, in return, means so many questions that need to be answered. The best part is, you are responsible for all of it: asking yourself the questions AND finding yourself the answers.
Many years ago, Jennifer discovered she faced a problem many girls of all ages also faced in our society: an insecurity about their body. At seven years old, Jennifer noticed that the birthmark she had on her back, set her apart from other girls her age. All through high school, she tried to cover it up with makeup or clothes, but nothing could cover up the insecurity she faced underneath the surface.