What makes Suffolk’s approach to crowdfunding different from other schools? Real hands-on experience. At Suffolk, students learn the principles of crowdfunding by taking their business plan and putting it into action in ENT 340. In this course, students create and launch a fundraising campaign to support their business. Here are some of the launches from our ENT 340 students in 2016:
Buddha Bus Yoga™ takes Yoga out of the studio by traveling to various locations in New England providing all-inclusive Yoga classes. When traveling to workplaces, colleges, athletic facilities, food markets, and more, our business provides on-site classes aimed towards recreational relaxation for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Being a part of Buddha Bus Yoga™ means discovering movement in unexpected places and leaving with just a little more peace in your soul.
This venture is founded by Sara Maloney, a junior Public Health major from Goveland, Massachsueets. Sara earned certification as a yoga instructor during the first semester at Suffolk in fall 2014 and had taught yoga classes in the Miller dorm. Sara is being assistaed on this project by Mary Corchuelo, a junior from Bogata. Columbia.
Goliath Gallon is a reusable, BPA-free gallon bottle that comes apart in the middle to allow for easy cleaning and accessibility to add anything you want in it; ice, fruits, amino acids, etc. The Goliath Gallon has a simple, but sleek design making it the best bottle out there.
This venture is being founded and led by Zack Smith, a senior from Methuen, MA. Zack is an Entrepreneurship major and serves on the executive board of the Entrepreneurs Club. He is pursuing this opportunity with two people who are not in the course.
Zack has already refined the design of his product through several computer-aided design (CAD) iterations, including multiple 3D-printed prototypes. The Kickstarter campaign will fund the initial production run with one of the major expenses related to this is the creation of the plastic molding tool that is necessary for mass production.
CrowdFunding campaign coming soon.
NEO Miners is a card game that focuses on resource management and economic principles, where each player mines asteroids to collect resources. Players must manage their spaceship and fuel reserves as well as form a strategy to anticipate competitor behavior. Be warned! The depths of space have encounters that can be dangerous and unpredictable!
This venture is founded and being led by Jason Moker, a senior from Georgetown, MA. Jason is a Finance major and took the ENT 340 Crowdfunding course to further develop his creativity and innovation skills.
This Indiegogo campaign is focused on funding Upward Bound students to participate in Startup Suffolk, a bridge program for rising high school seniors. Upward Bound is a federally-funded program for high school students who are below the poverty line and are the first generation from their family to attend college.
This crowdfunding campaign is a little different in that it is aimed at raising money for a social good rather than a traditional for-profit venture. This campaign is being led by a student team, including Ashley Cesero, Carter Nuttall, and Manuel Lopez Campos.
This Indiegogo campaign is focused on funding Upward Bound students to participate in Startup Suffolk, a bridge program for rising high school seniors. Upward Bound is a federally-funded program for high school students who are below the poverty line and are the first generation from their family to attend college. The goal of Upward Bound is to inspire them to pursue higher education and hone their skills so that they will be successful once they arrive. Startup Suffolk is a new program at Suffolk University that is focused on introducing high school students to entrepreneurial concepts. It is a two-week program here on Suffolk’s downtown Boston campus where the students will come up with a new innovative product or service and determine how they would produce, market, launch, and fund it. It has a very similar goal as Upward Bound in that it aims to increase likelihood of college attendance and increase preparation.
This program is open to the general public without income and other requirements. And, given the expenses associated with the Startup Suffolk it is not surprising that a typical Upward Bound student would likely not have the opportunity to participate. This Indiegogo campaign is focused on raising funds to sponsor the enrollment of Upward Bound students in the Startup Suffolk program. With your donations we will be able to sponsor these children for this great opportunity.
The first product under the WarmUp brand is a high-protein coffee targeting fitness-focused, on-the-go people with the primary target being those aged 18 to 45. The initial version will be a medium roast instant coffee though there are plans to add additional flavors and brew options.
This venture is founded and being led by James Testa, a senior from East Boston, MA. James is an Entrepreneurship major and has interned with the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. James has been interested in the coffee industry but pivoted his idea to intersect with the fitness industry just a few months ago. James is being assisted on this project during the ENT 340 course by Kenichi Ozeki, a senior from Tokyo, Japan.
The idea for a high-protein coffee was driven in part by James recovery from a severe motorcycle accident. Being limited on his mobility and exercise for several months, he lost a tremendous amount of muscle mass. The recovery process included supplements (protein!) and made him realize the need for an easier and more consistent way to consume the nutrients.
As the first product of an innovative line of fishing equipment and accessories under the Wicked Fisha brand, this cooler-tackle box combination features a simple design with limitless functionality for its user. It completely eliminates the hassle for fishermen who want to enjoy a (few) cold beverages during a fishing trip but only have two hands to lug it all to their fishing destination.
This venture is founded by Chuck Gibson, a senior from Malden, Ma. Chuck is also a student-athlete at Suffolk and serves as the co-captain of the baseball team.
Vegitano is a health food brand that will offer healthy alternatives to people who eat on a vegan diet, are allergic to dairy and/or gluten. The first product in the line is an almond-based Alfredo sauce. The sauce has been met with enthusiastic and positive reviews in a number of blind taste tests conducted in Boston! Even people without restricted dietary needs have reported they would replace their normal Alfredo sauce with this vegan version for health benefits!
This venture is founded and being led by Willied Hessein, a senior from Miami, FL. Willied interned with the Campbell's brand (Kraft) during the summer of 2016 and will graduate in December. He was also a founder of Wako Wear, an apparel startup business.