More than 30 entrepreneurial-minded students and recent graduates will display their products, services, apps, prototypes, art and other creations at the EnvisionFEST showcase Aug. 26 at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) — East Falls Campus.
Physician assistant studies student Amanda McCreight, who won last year’s Top Ram Business Model Competition, will discuss Mark Your Map, an app that allows travelers to organize, document and share their travel photos and memories in an interactive way.
Industrial design graduate Ben Stack ’14 collaborated with experienced toymaker Alan Dorfman ’82 to create Precision RBS. He will demonstrate his rubber band shooter that’s currently sold online and in toy stores around the country.
Architecture alumnus Brian Corcodilos ’13 will showcase Designblendz, a company he started while attending the University. With a staff of 30, this full-service real estate “factory” helps clients with property acquisitions, architecture, real estate marketing, construction and real estate development.
Other exhibitors include: Alchemist Society, a classroom space for beer and spirits education; A Kiss of Indulgence, natural homemade body products such as oils, body butters, lotions and candles; UniShare, a web-based networking directory of student organizations across universities; Seedling, a vertical farm and aquaponics company founded by Jefferson adjunct professor Travis Andren; and Whose Your Landlord, a web platform that connects renters through landlord reviews, community insights, real-time listings and verified tenant information.
Student entrepreneur Jordan DeCicco, who was recently awarded a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship to further develop his company, will provide samples of his organic Sunniva Super Coffee to all attendees at EnvisionFEST.
“So many students are joining the gig economy now,” said Zoe McKinley, program director for Jefferson’s Blackstone LaunchPad. “Whether it’s to help pay for school, earn a living or just do what they love, we’re seeing an increase in students wanting to be their own bosses. EnvisionFEST is an ideal platform for them to showcase what they do, sell or find clients.”
Jefferson’s Blackstone LaunchPad will collaborate on EnvisionFEST with Temple University’s Blackstone LaunchPad, Philly Startup Leaders and Campus Philly, as well as Jefferson student clubs DECA, BRAG and IDSA.
“This event highlights the terrific entrepreneurship infrastructure at Jefferson that supports students, faculty and alumni and also introduces new students to the city’s entrepreneurship ecosystem,” said Abena Nyarko, program operations coordinator for Jefferson’s Blackstone LaunchPad.
Visit EnvisionFEST on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 1-5 p.m. on the Gutman Quad at Jefferson — East Falls Campus.