INDIANAPOLIS – During the first weekend of Alpha Kappa Psi’s Principled Business Leadership Institute (PBLI) held in Atlanta and Philadelphia, eight teams competed for a chance to receive a monetary award to be used to progress their business plan.
Case Competition is designed to provide participants an opportunity to identify a social issue, create a business plan, consult with an expert in the field, and impact their community.
Using the United Nations’ Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as the framework for this competition, teams chose one of the seventeen goals described to identify their social issue. From there, they were vetted by experts in the field to identify which teams moved forward to round two, delivering the team’s sustainable startup business plan as a part of the Case Competition at PBLI.
Congratulations to the winning teams:
- Team Name: dePendant
- Team Members: Harshil Goel, Eric Gu, William Higgins, and Hyunjae Lee
- Institution: Georgia Tech
- Chapter: Epsilon Sigma
As the world’s humanitarian and medical needs continue to grow, the accompanying administrative paperwork and patient record keeping requires a robust yet uncomplicated solution. We propose dePendant, a bracelet or necklace that: stores vital patient medical information electronically without a battery through passive NFC technology, allows fast, secure, and resilient paperless access to patient records through smartphone, laptop, or tablet and a user-friendly mobile app, and serves as an inexpensive, durable and easily-sanitized product for users.
- Team Name: Jackfruit Jewelry
- Team Members: Jessica Guynes, Katelyn Hekkert, Victor Hernandez, Allyson Reaney, and Annie Warnock
- Institution: University of Wyoming
- Chapter: Beta Nu
The concept behind Jackfruit Jewelry is, “get a seed, give a seed.” We sell jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and rings that are each made using jackfruit seeds. For every piece of jewelry that is purchased, Jackfruit Jewelry will donate a small bundle of jackfruit seeds, along with instructions for planting, care, uses and recipes to the recipients.
Two additional teams will be selected as winners from the Case Competition scheduled for February 11 (Chicago) and March 4 (San Francisco Bay Area).