Meet the Juniata College students that are turning business ideas into reality.
The 2019-20 Student Entrepreneurs
Syed Shirazi '20
Being an international or out-of-state resident can make a student's move to and from
with all their belongings difficult. Syed Shirazi realized this after struggling to
find someone to help transport his items to a local storage facility. Moreover, upon
picking up his belongings he found that some of his boxes were chewed by rodents and
damaged by water. After seeing and hearing about similar problems experienced by other
students, Syed test piloted his idea for a better storage rental service in the summer
of 2018. He reserved a storage space in the College's Sill Business Incubator, and
after filling the space in just under two weeks and generating a list of students
on a waiting list, Syed knew he had hit a good idea.
The following semester, Syed launched Syed Storage. Tristan Moore who has an entrepreneurship P.O.E
helped a lot throughout the moving process. This startup made moving and storing items
for students easier by picking up their belongings and delivering them to a secure
and temperature controlled location during the summer. When the students return for
the school year, Syed Storage will deliver the items back to the dorm rooms a few
days before they arrive.
Syed Storage plans to expand by creating a mobile app to simplify signing up for their
services. They also plan to offer more storage options for students to choose from
and provide their services to other colleges.
Morgan Instone '20 & Alex Flocken '20
M&A Cupping Therapy
Morgan Instone and Alex Flocken are excited to start a Cupping Therapy Service. Morgan
is certified to perform Cupping Therapy which is a hands-on and holistic approach
to providing therapeutic, non-invasive medicine.
Julia Newman '21, Sarah Borgardt '21,
& Evelyn McCammon '21
Gambian Art Coalition
By starting the Gambian Art Coalition (GAC), this team is launching an e-commerce
store to help promote Gambian artist and sell their incredible work.
At the Gambian Art Coalition, our goal is to promote sustainable development in The
Gambia through collaborating with local artists and investing in their communities.
We will be traveling to The Gambia for five weeks this summer to meet artists, learn
more about the country, and purchase our initial inventory of artisan crafts, jewelry,
and other goods to be sold online through our website.
We are working with Juniata College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (JCEL)
and the Sill Business Incubator to develop the business model for the Gambian Art
Coalition. In March, we earned a NextStep Fellowship – a program run through the JCEL.
Through the NextStep Fellowship, we are provided with funds to run customer interviews
and software to help us design our business plan. We are anticipating an August launch
of the Gambian Art Coalition.
Dallas Huff '19 and Kyle Bargo '18
Realizing the exorbitant cost students pay for textbooks each year, Kyle Bargo and
Dallas Huff created the Bizi Marketplace mobile application. This app allows Juniata
College students to buy, sell, and exchange products. By signing up with their school
emails students will be able to see products listed by their classmates. Huff and
Bargo also have reached out to local businesses to support the application with in-app
promotions. They feel that the connection between the town and the students deeply
benefits both parties involved. Bizi Marketplace will be coming to IOS and Android
Issac Fisher '20
Isaac Fisher has created a 3D printing business called Dimensions where he creates
various products for people throughout the Huntingdon community. Working with Dr.
Johnathan Burns (Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Cultural Resource Institute) Isaac has been able to scan and print copies of artifacts from a local site called
Sheep Rock Shelter. These copies enable anyone, from elementary school student to
seasoned archaeologist, to examine these relics while keeping the originals safe.
Check out the story local news station WJAC recently aired about their work.
Isaac has also worked closely with AssureTech, another JCEL startup, to help develop
and print their insulated EpiPen container. In addition to that, he has been busy
creating and printing a functional prototype of a tool designed to aid first responders,
making attachments for Dr. Richard Hark (Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department) LISB gun which helps analyze metals and printing mounts for various cars.