The Do Good Accelerator, a collaborative space on campus that supports and helps to scale up students' innovative solutions to our world's most pressing challenges, wrapped up its pilot Summer Program today. A select number of student teams were chosen to participate in the 8-week pilot program to support the growth of their projects and ventures.
Throughout the summer, students spent time at the Do Good Accelerator to hear from experts in the nonprofit and social impact fields, receive coaching and mentorship support, and collaborate with their peers. In addition, two teams - Scentuous5 and Her Truth - that showed great promise received grant funding to further their growth. Read more about the teams below:
- Her Truth is a summer reading program for high school aged women of color that addresses the lack of diversity in the traditional English classroom. The organization aims to empower young women of color to reflect on their identity through reading texts by minority authors that are not represented in the current literary canon. The students will engage with written works by minority authors and compose their own works. Her Truth received $300 for her project.
- Scentuous5 is a clean beauty brand focused on creating skincare products with only five ingredients that are effective and reduce waste. All products will be packaged in glass containers, ingredients will never be tested on animals, and a proceed of profits will benefit a nonprofit focused on reducing waste. Scentuous5 received $1,000 for her social venture.
"A great deal of the progress I made on my venture, can be attributed to the wonderful help I received through the Do Good Summer Accelerator Program. Under the amazing guidance of Kisha Logan, my desire to start my own company came to fruition. Kisha was able to quell my initial apprehensions by guiding me through every step of the process of starting a business, in a very organized manner. We started the eight weeks off by completing a business model canvas, establishing key elements such as; the value propositions, customer relationships, and revenue streams. We also discussed effective marketing strategies as well as established a brand for the company. At the conclusion of the eight weeks, thanks to a generous reward of $1,000 from the Do Good Accelerator -- for my dedication on my venture-- I was able to purchase materials as well as start building a website and designing my logo. My entrepreneurial journey has just begun, and I couldn’t be more excited to see where the road ahead leads.
The Accelerator offers a number of training, development and networking opportunities to enable promising nonprofits, projects and socially-minded businesses the chance to grow their reach and impact. This creative community space provides students with leadership coaching, mentoring opportunities with local businesses, foundations, nonprofits and NGOs, financial support, and training to further their ideas.