WENHAM — Gordon College recently celebrated its student entrepreneurs during the sixth Social Venture Challenge Final Showcase.
The event, held April 11 on campus, was the culmination of a months-long campus-wide challenge in which Gordon student teams pitched their ideas for a business or nonprofit. The students represent a range of majors, from computer science to communication arts and music. In the finals, five teams competed for $10,000 in seed money to launch their ventures.
The first-place team, ShuDong, won $5,000 to launch an online peer support service for international college students studying in the U.S. ShuDong is made up of Jasmine Ye and Caleb Britton.
Rimo, the second-place team, received $3,000. The bralette company, managed by Carita Detellis, Danielle Maneval, and Elizabeth Koh, partners with established suppliers to provide jobs for survivors of sex trafficking and at-risk women.
In third place, CreateBox received $2,000 to provide comprehensive coaching and polished visuals for dedicated creators. Team members are Luke Pollack and Nick Cannella.
The event also honored Josh Sturgeon, a 2017 Gordon graduate, as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year. Sturgeon is the co-founder of EmberTribe, a digital agency focused on customer acquisition.
Alexander Lowry, executive director of the Master in Science in Financial Analysis program at Gordon and host of the "Boardroom Bound" podcast, was honored as Innovator of the Year, while Andrew York, a senior majoring in English language and literature, was named the Ken Olsen Student Entrepreneur of the Year for his work in the speciality coffee industry.