From Class Concept to Venture

By By Jake Graham ('13), intern Office of Communications and External Relations The Office of Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship

In the fall of 2011, five students in ESE101 Foundations of Entrepreneurship class came up with an idea for a group project. Their research revealed an unmet need facing students and generated a hassle-free solution. For students working late on campus, there were no convenient ways to get study and other supplies around the clock. Their proposed solution? A vending machine stocked with everything from highlighters to lip balm. One year and a lot of hard work later, DeaconVend recently went live in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  Read the full story here.