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Swell Shades, Fantasyland Winners Of Wofford Impact & Launch Competition

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Swell Shades Swell Shades
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
"Swell Shades" and "Fantasyland" were the winners of Wofford College's Impact and Launch Competition last month. Students from The Space in the Mungo Center came 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.

Growing up around the sand and surf, Mitchell Saum saw many a pair of sunglasses sink to the ocean floor.

"I noticed one of my friends lose a pair of their sunglasses in the ocean and just kind of tried to think of alternatives," Saum explained. So he dove in after the business, coming up with the idea of floating sunglasses made out of bamboo.

"We ship internationally, all around the world," said Saum of the growth of his company.

Saum was the winner of the "Launch" portion of the competition.

Courtney Shelton, Director of "The Space" says the program helps the students to get in the entrepreneurial spirit.

"How do you take what you're passionate about and turn it something that creates an impact for someone, is a really cool process," Shelton said. "They're applying those skills in these projects and businesses and learning that they can do incredible things that we hope they'll carry out into their lives after college, to be people who continue to want to improve their community or to launch businesses."

A love of children and Disney helped Kulsoom Haq win the "Impact" portion of the competition.

"I feel like that magic of Disney should be accessible to just about anybody, no matter what their situation is," Haq explained. She started a non-profit project called "Fantasyland" that brings kids in the community to Wofford College to meet the characters and have a day of fun.

"They're children and that's what they should be doing," Haq said. "That's their priority is to have fun and indulge and have this amazing imagination that helps them to dream and become passionate at that young age and hopefully with that passion, I want it to drive them to do great things in the world."

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