Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ag 4 Africa and the Dell Competition

Congratulations to Holly Tassi ’10 BS, Ryan Seeram ’10 BS, and Tamara Cohen ’09 BS from Syracuse University for their achievement in making it to the final three teams in the Dell Social Innovation Competition. Over 700 other business ideas from colleges and universities around the world had also entered the competition, which seeks projects that improve areas of critical human need through innovation.

Holly’s and the team’s business idea, Ag 4 Africa, is a rural development model for Sub-Saharan Africa, focused on promoting sustainable agriculture and self-sufficiency. The AG 4 Africa concept is being developed in collaboration with the Whitman Schools’ Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises.

The team will travel to Austin, Tex., on May 5 to present their business plan in front of a panel of judges comprised of leaders from the business, nonprofit and government sectors. All three of the finalists will receive prizes; the overall winner receives $50,000 to launch their venture.

Congratulations Holly, Ryan and Tamara and good luck in Austin!

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