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MIU4 EA Grad Mark Sotomayor Makes Final Round of Commonbond Social Impact Award

November 13, 2018

Exciting News for our local Mark Sotomayor MIU4 EA graduate and Junior at Grove City College makes final round!

CommonBond is giving $10,000 to a student entrepreneur whose business idea drives social impact.

We believe that business can, and should, be a force for good. Learn more about our mission to tackle the student loan burden here in U.S. while supporting students in the developing world.

Join us on Tuesday, November 13th at CommonBond’s NYC headquarters for the Fifth Annual CommonBond Social Impact Award. Watch the three finalists compete for a chance to win $10,000 to jumpstart their venture.

Network with peers while enjoying light bites and tasty treats, as we celebrate the next generation of social impact leaders.

If you are not in the NYC local area, please choose the “Livestream” option when registering so you can join us via Facebook Live for the event.

Meet our finalists!

Maziwa
Sahar Jamal, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, ’19
Maziwa is a tailor-made breast pump for low-resource settings in developing markets, considering challenges like refrigeration and storage, electricity and efficiency, hygiene, and affordability in its design.

Pequeño Jardinero
Monique Ray, University of San Francisco, ’22
Pequeño Jardinero is a business idea to sell more equitable and affordable hydroponic (and later aeroponic and aquaponic kits) to aid in food production, environmental sustainability and environmental justice awareness in low-income households, foster youth homes, and k-12 public schools.

81cents
Jordan Sale, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, ’19
81cents empowers women to more confidently, effectively negotiate new offers, raises, and promotions through personalized, crowdsourced offer reviews and coaching.

Té Amo
Mark Sotomayor, Grove City College, ’20
Té Amo produces and sells a line of organic ready-to-drink (RTD) tea that encourages people to “buy a tea, plant a tree” with the goal of relieving the cycle of poverty and deforestation in Haiti — as the resources from one tree multiplies the annual income of a Haitian farmer by up to three times.

Digit
Noah Trenaman, University of Cincinnati, ’23
Digit is a wearable device that allows visually impaired people to connect with information on the Internet.

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