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.