Suffolk Ventures & Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding the Venture
Suffolk’s innovative crowdfunding course hits new heights in its third go-round. Several of the projects this fall have a focus on sustainability and reusability. Some have an international flavor to them (one literally). All of them are incredible examples of what Suffolk students can dream up and make happen.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Look fabulous.
Shireen Jassim combines being gorgeous with being green by turning castoff scraps of marble into elegant pieces of jewelry.
Greg Speliotis takes broken baseball bats and turns them into a variety of drinkware: shot glasses, Scotch glasses, mugs…even coasters. Perfect for every sports fanatic.
Building Something Great
Nick Kellicker and Rafic Korban have started Happy Homes to provide affordable and sustainable housing made from recycled plastic turned into bricks. They’ll be building their first collection and brick making center in Pilate, Haiti.
A Venture That’s Smokin’…
Kamraan Sadiq brings innovation to the art of hookah, starting with the Sadiq Smoke Hookah Bowl, which alleviates the dangers and liabilities that come with using exposed charcoals to light hookah tobacco.
The Taste of South America
With his Zulia Arepa Bar, Sergio Yruegas is guaranteed to win more American converts to arepas, the delicious, savory pancake that’s super popular in South America.
Sergio is planning to launch in 2018 after he graduates.
Waffleholics is creating a one-stop location serving up delicious sweet and savory waffles at all times of the day. It is a place where the founders, Carmen Reddick and Max Taylor, can start this idea and begin to share it with the foodie community. Waffleholics is all about offering customers adventurous new waffle combinations.
Beyond Borders is a political documentary that examines global impacts of American politics and uncovers international perspectives. It's no secret that there's a lot of division within our country. This feature-length political documentary aims to heal some of that division by exposing Americans to new perspectives. The film incorporates the perspectives of those living outside of the U.S. in the current American political conversation.
Baggabox keeps your packages safe by securing deliveries to your door in a cut-resistant and water-resistant cinch-locking bag. The product is made of a premium material that we have picked over the course of testing many prototypes. This will deter theft and be convenient for the consumer.
Goliath Gallon is a reusable, BPA-free gallon bottle that comes apart in the middle to allow for easy cleaning and accessibility. Put anything you want in it: ice, fruits, amino acids, etc. The Goliath Gallon has a simple, sleek design, making it the best bottle out there.
Cosmic Eye was conceived by an amateur astronomer who was once clueless about the cosmos. The learning curve of astronomy is very high, and discourages new entrants into the science. However, if one can begin to understand the basic concepts and fundamentals of the science, the beauty and impressive vastness of the universe is revealed.
Kwapis Can’t Hang is a children's story about a guppy named Kwapis who enters a new bowl and pretends to be someone she is not in a misguided attempt to fit in with her new tank-mates. Ultimately, Kwapis realizes the best way to fit in is to be herself and to be proud of who she is.
Claude and the Magic Garden is a story of two brothers living in a foreign land, trying to fit in. Their community helps uncover the magic of true friendship. The two brave men in Claude and the Magic Garden leave behind everything they know, crossing borders and continents to help a friend in need. They spend their time and money to rebuild a community that they have never known or been a part of, and in doing so achieve something great.
Pup Picnic is a 2-in-1 dog bowl with a water bottle attachment. This allows any disposable water bottle to attach to the bowl and act as a feeder. There is a barrier in the middle of the bowl so that it can hold both food and water, eliminating the need to have two separate bowls.