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Whitman student company competes in Dell Social Innovation Competition

February 11, 2010

Amy Schmitz
(315) 443-3834

A company created by a group of students in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is tackling immense social issues such as food security, malnutrition and economic development through social entrepreneurship, and hopes to win the Dell Social Innovation Competition to further their ability to address these issues.

The company, Ag 4 Africa, is a rural development model for Sub-Saharan Africa focused on promoting sustainable agriculture and self-sufficiency and is competing in the Dell Social Innovation Competition against numerous other college-student companies from around the world for $50,000 in seed money to launch businesses aimed at improving areas of critical human need through innovation.

To vote for Ag 4 Africa—started by Ryan Seeram ’10, Tamara Cohen ’09 , and Holly Tassi ’10—visit http://utideas.force.com. Competition judges will invite a small group of semifinalists who receive the most votes to develop their ideas into detailed venture plans. Judges will then select three finalists to travel to Austin, Texas, to present their plans to a committee comprised of leaders from the business, nonprofit and government sectors. During the final event, held at the University of Texas at Austin, all finalists receive prizes and the overall winner receives $50,000 to launch his or her venture.

Voting in the Dell Social Innovation Competition ends March 1. For more information, contact Neil Tarallo, assistant professor of entrepreneurship in the Whitman School, at (315) 443-3646 or ntarallo@syr.edu, or Holly Tassi at (440) 488-0443 or hatassi@syr.edu,  or visit the Ag 4 Africa Facebook page.

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