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Rice Business Plan Competition

Eric and Katelyn saying "Go Devils!" in the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Eric and Katelyn saying “Go Devils!” in the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Last week, Eric and I traveled to Houston, Texas, to represent FlashFood in the finals of the Rice Business Plan Competition. It was a privilege to compete in such a prestigious competition.  After 3 pitches, we walked away with $700, dozens of business cards, hundreds of well wishes, and we are one step closer to making making our vision a reality. A big thanks to everyone who helped us prepare for this competition.

To learn more about the outstanding work of the Houston Food Bank visit their website. You can also read about the other exciting startup companies that were at the competition.

-Katelyn

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FlashFood Pitches to CEO of World’s Largest NGO

Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to tell the story of FlashFood to Susan Davis, the Founder and CEO of Brac USA. Brac is the world’s largest nongovernmental organization, employing 100,000 and reaching over 126 million people with its services. The organization focuses on empowering disadvantaged communities around the world by offering services in microfinance, agriculture and food security, women’s rights and advocacy, social enterprise support, and many others. After the pitch,  I was also lucky receive some valuable feedback from Susan about how we can continue to improve FlashFood and expand more rapidly to other communities outside of Phoenix.

It was also great to get updates on fellow ASU Edson students’ companies who also pitched at the event, including G3Box, Vantage Realized, Pollentech, and SunSelect. It’s always an awesome experience when so many smart and talented people meet to share ideas and give advice!

-Jake

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FlashFood Receives second ASU Innovation Challenge Award!

ASU Innovation Challenge

Last night, we had the honor of accepting a $3,500 award from the 2013 Arizona State University Innovation Challenge. This competition means a lot to us. Last year, we received our first ever batch of start-up funding ($2,000) from the challenge and were given valuable advice from judges that helped shape what FlashFood is today. We are grateful for the continued support from ASU Changemaker, Arizona State University, and others in our community. Also, congratulations to all of the other student entrepreneurs! We are sure that you will go on to accomplish great feats.

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Arizona State University Knight Foundation mobile app event

Last Thursday we had the privilege of participating in the Arizona State University Knight Foundation Mobile App event at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix. The goal of the event was to celebrate the massive impact smartphones have had on the way society communicates and shares information. The highlight of the event was a showcase of ASU student-developed mobile applications.  We had a lot of fun demonstrating the FlashFood Mobile Applilcation for the event’s attendees and learning about several awesome projects that other ASU students are working on.

FlashFood Mobile Application

Katelyn in action demonstrating the FlashFood app!

Another cool ASU student-owned software company, Mercury Innovative, demonstrates their "Text In Motion" application, an interactive children's book for active learning.

Another cool ASU student-owned software company, Mercury Innovative, demonstrates their “Text In Motion” application, an interactive children’s book designed to facilitate active learning. This isn’t your dad’s picture book! Check it out on the Windows 8 App Store.

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