MHC Entrepreneurs Win Grinspoon Prizes

Five Mount Holyoke students won awards for their entrepreneurial spirit at the ninth annual awards banquet for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, which took place on April 25.

According to the foundation’s website, “Spirit awards acknowledge a student's actions to date and encourages them to move forward in pursuit of their entrepreneurial dreams.”

The MHC winners were Liye Fu ‘15 and Jingjing Rong ‘15, who won $1,000 for their robotic pet business (featuring the Kowheelie robot, pictured); Ruimin Cai ‘14 and Nan Zhu ‘13, who won $500 for their concept of an eWardrobe iPhone app.; and Sam Tulimat ‘13, who won $500 for Bizarit, an idea for an online marketplace aimed at college communities. Tulimat was also selected by the judges for a $500 banquet exhibit award.

Alison Rogers ‘12, who won MHC’s elevator pitch competition in March, competed against student entrepreneurs from around the region in the evening’s pitch contest. Although she didn’t place in the top three, she was selected to compete in an upcoming event at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.