StoryBook

StoryBook

Team Members Brandon McKenna Matthew Fox Soren Zeliger StoryBook is a consumer-oriented mobile app that enables users to enjoy real-time documentation, sharing, and storage of picture and video media from multiple perspectives. The app focuses on sharing experiences in a collaborative fashion, and creating a platform where users can access memories forged with friends and family in a single, centralized location. We are pleased to announce that StoryBook took second place in the 2016 LaunchU Pitch Competition! LaunchU 2016...
LIVE for Young Women

LIVE for Young Women

Team Members Felicia Heiney LIVE for Young Women (L4YW) is a non-denominational mentorship program for young women ages 13-19 based in Highland Park, New Jersey. The goal of L4YW is to build long lasting bonds between young women so they can encourage and help each other succeed both in high school and beyond. LaunchU 2016...
The Identity Project

The Identity Project

Team Members Alesandra Zsiba The Identity Project’s innovative program utilizes documentary arts to address poverty-related barriers to identity development in underserved youth. Through a specialized curriculum in documentary storytelling, performance and project-based literacy learning, The Identity Project empowers marginalized young people with an invaluable opportunity for self-actualization and self-advocacy through an applied empathy practice. We are pleased to announce that The Identity Project was the winner of the 2016 LaunchU Pitch Competition! LaunchU 2016...
Humble Grounds Roasting Company

Humble Grounds Roasting Company

 Team Members Bryon Skvor Humble Grounds Roasting Company looks for exceptional coffees that have the potential to be used to create stable economies in farming communities around the world. We are bringing these coffees to Oberlin to carefully study and roast them to perfection to serve our friends, neighbors, and like-minded wholesale partners. We are pleased to announce that Humble Grounds took third place in the 2016 LaunchU Pitch Competition! LaunchU 2016...
Healing Companions

Healing Companions

 Team Members Jane Miller As an innovative non-profit organization, Healing Companions, Inc. plans to serve the community in a myriad of ways.  Our primary goal is to help eradicate the stigma of mental illness by helping mentally disabled individuals to re-enter the world, living independent and functional lives. These individuals will be paired with psychiatric service dogs (PSDs), who are shelter dogs rescued from potential euthanasia. Trained to mitigate the symptoms of their handler’s respective symptoms due to mental illnesses, these shelter dogs can demonstrate how they can be useful and beneficial to a needy population, rather than fall victim to a “throw away system.” Similarly, inmates in a local prison are taught by Healing Companions, Inc. staff how to train these potential psychiatric service dogs to learn their basic skills, thereby developing career potential as dog or animal trainers for their re-entry into the general public. Ultimately, our organization will restore the integrity of three groups – shelter dogs, prison inmates, and those affected by mental illness – and build on their strengths, rather than diminish their capabilities. LaunchU 2016...