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Visionary Entrepreneurship Speaker Series features Alum Millennial Entrepreneurs

GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation will present the 2013-14 Visionary Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Sticht Lecture Hall of Hall of Arts and Letters on the campus.

The Visionary Entrepreneurship Speakers Series – Millennial Founders’ Panel features recent graduates who are running their own companies. The event is being held this week as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

“The Millennial Founders Panel event is designed to give students and the Grove City College community an exclusive insider’s view of several startups. We’re excited to explore what it is truly like to start a company when you’re in your twenties. It should be an enjoyable and enlightening evening,” said Yvonne English ’97 interim executive director for The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and networking will follow the event in the atrium of the Hall of Arts & Letters.

The startups are:

• Buzz Burrito, founded by Molly (Harrington) Ansett ’13 and Josh Kern ’13 – Buzz Burrito is a mobile marketing company specializing in affordable mobile applications and mobile websites for small businesses, nonprofits and musicians. 

• Franktuary, founded by Megan Lindsey ’03 and Tim Tobitsch ’03 – Franktuary serves gourmet frankfurters and sausages along with craft cocktails and poutine from its flagship location on Butler Street in Pittsburgh. The company also operates a downtown Pittsburgh lunch spot and pioneered Pittsburgh’s food truck freedom in 2012.

• GuavaBox, founded by Andrew Dymski ’11, Brandon Jones ’13 and Gray MacKenzie ’11 – GuavaBox is an inbound marketing agency that helps businesses connect with new potential customers, they partner with companies to design and implement a strategy that turns their online presence into a sustainable lead generation machine.
• Joel Ansett – A singer/songwriter, his vision is to transform concert culture from a man-centered experience to a God-centered experience.

• LimeCuda, founded by Blake Imeson ’10 – LimeCuda is an innovative digital firm that provides web design, development and strategy services. Their primary expertise is in developing sites running the Open Source CMS, WordPress, while also providing site hosting and strategic consulting services.

• NavExplore, founded by Joshua Fischer ’13 – NavExplore aims to bring the beautiful, immersive, cultural experience to the masses. Through the use of 3-D game-like replicas of real-life cities, users are enabled to virtually explore a location before physically going there.

• NoWait, Evan Addams ’10 – NoWait is a cloud-hosted iPad Wait List which restaurants utilize to organize waiting parties, sending a text message when parties’ tables are ready. In 2012, NoWait attained capital partnerships of over $2 million, which has allowed the company to grow in all 50 states, to over 3,500 restaurants and reach 20 million restaurant patrons.

• Rooted Beauty, founded by Kim (Peterson) Garrett ’12 and Sharon Seiter ’12 – Rooted Beauty believes that skincare products should be made with safe, recognizable ingredients and enable positive change in the environment and in the lives of women around the world. All of their products are carefully crafted with botanical and fruit extracts to naturally nourish your skin and are delivered in innovative sustainable packaging. In addition, they take global impact seriously and are committed to genuinely improving the lives of women around the world.

• ShaDoodle & Toggled, founded by Sean Sullivan ’11 – ShaDoodle is a custom apparel company focused on college groups. It does screen printing for clubs, teams, Greek groups, etc.

• TOK Project, founded by Micah List – TOK Project sells high-quality handmade accessories. Every piece is individually hand-crafted and created for the modern man or woman. They believe it is key to mobilize this generation to do something to make the world a better place. Their part is to help women who have been a victim of sex trafficking. They do this by supporting safe homes with 25 percent of their profits, and in the future by employing these women as the artisans creating great products.

Four of the companies listed above are operating out of the eCenter@LindenPointe, a technology incubator located in Hermitage, Pa. that serves as the off-campus location of the Grove City College VentureLab program. The student space at the eCenter, officially named the Highmark Business Innovation Center at Grove City College, is sponsored by Highmark.

For more information, contact Lynn Stillwaggon at (724) 458-2003

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