On April 29, two Warner Pacific seniors were presented with the first Social Entrepreneurship (SE) Capstone Project awards.
During their senior year, students in the SE program identify a need within the community and create a small business to meet that need. This is their Capstone Project.
Students presenting Capstone Projects this year included:
- Luwam Kahassay: Art Cart, helping people engage their creative side
- Anthony Sims: KooksLife, using business strategies to help skateboarders (apparel)
- Gimena Olguin: UniME, United Minority Entrepreneurs
- Kristi Gifford, GU Fitness Wear, serving women 18 to 50 years of age to live motivated and active lives
- Emily Potts: VEAS, using photography to help people appreciate the complexities of life
The business plans for each Capstone Project were judged by Arnie Kainu, President and CEO of NTT Centerstance; Carolyn Walker, Partner at Stoel Rives LLP and practicing in the Labor and Employment group; and Ben and Liz Bohannon, entrepreneurs and owners of Sseko Designs, both of whom were recently featured on “Shark Tank.”
Presented with first place and cash award of $5,000 was Gimena Olguin; second place and cash award of $3,000 went to Anthony Sims. The cash awards will help both graduating seniors fund their business plans and become real-world social entrepreneurs.