As Royal Dynamite co-founder and recent Lehigh University graduate, I recently submitted a business proposal to the EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series at Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation at Lehigh University. This series of student competitions seeks business proposals with the potential to make a positive impact through the pursuit of innovative thinking and sustainable business models.
I submitted a proposal with the help and support of my business partner Raphael Saye and Cecil Williams, to develop the Artisans Abroad Initiative: “Color Couture” program. The initiative aims to inspire local artists from developing countries to pursue their interests in art by providing a platform to use their artistic talents and begin entrepreneurial endeavors.
The proposal placed second in the social impact category of the venture competition series and we were awarded a total of $2,500 in prizes: $1,000 in funding and $1,500 in in-kind prizes.
“These competitions give undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni the opportunity to work together to turn innovative ideas into real enterprises… creating economic and social value,” Lisa Getzler-Linn, senior director, programs and operations said. “As a winner, Nadia and the Artisans Abroad Program “Color Couture” will be one step closer to launching the venture in doing social good across the world.”
This past May I along with Raphael Saye were able to put this initiative into action. We worked with Mr. Selu to tye dye shirts and design textiles as a means of facilitating social change through self expression. Watch Video
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