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Wofford Impact & Launch Competition Names Winners

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Kulsoom Haq, Impact Program Winner, Fantasyland Kulsoom Haq, Impact Program Winner, Fantasyland
Mitchell Saum, Launch Program Winner, Swell Shades Mitchell Saum, Launch Program Winner, Swell Shades

Wofford College held its Impact and Launch Competition Saturday night, where students from The Space in the Mungo Center come up with their own business ideas and community impact projects.

The top ten finalists had 3 minutes to pitch their ideas and another 7 minutes to answer questions from a panel of judges.

"A student who has carried a idea and executed it and has gone through that whole process," explained Courtney Shelton, Director of The Space. "Revenue is a portion of it. Are they up and running? Are they making sales if they're a business? But it's also a level innovation of what they're looking for, something unique about what's being done."

The students were competing for $20 thousand dollars in cash and prizes to fund their businesses or community impact projects.

In 2013, 22 businesses were launched or in the incubation process at wofford.

Impact Program winners:

1st place: Fantasyland ($2,000 & Web and Marketing Services from Spartanburg’s A-Line Interactive), Kulsoom Haq, A non-profit aimed at providing the magic of Disney to disadvantaged children in Spartanburg.

2nd place: The Purple Scarf Society ($1,000 and co-working space at Spartanburg’s The Iron Yard), Katherine Buchanan, Organization seeks to prepare women for the professional world.

3rd place: Outdoors in the Upstate (iPad and a metrics and impact assessment performed by The Noble Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas), Ashlynn Turner, Working with local experts and guides to help high school students appreciate the great outdoors through safe and fun expeditions. 

Launch Program winners:

1st place: Swell Shades ($5,000 and legal services from Robert K. Merting Law Offices, Boiling Springs), Mitchell Saum, Shades made of all natural bamboo that floats so they won't get lost in the ocean or in a river.

2nd place: Beach Cakes ($1,000 and co-working space at The Iron Yard), Megan Comnell, Encourages a health-conscious lifestyle by delivering high-end specialty baked goods using natural and plant-based goods.

3rd place: Moody’s Wofford Wash ($1,000 and creative services from Spartanburg’s Whipp), Billy Moody, Laundry service for Wofford College students that also offers ironing, steaming, and shoe shining.

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