As a sophomore studying in Economics and Environmental Studies, I always envision how I can combine the two fields in my college involvement. Taking the entrepreneurship studies course this semester with Bara Watts, I was encouraged to attend the pitch of LaunchU and learn more about the entrepreneurship at Oberlin College. One startup company in LaunchU, the RIDE, will offer an all-electric public ride share and fleet share service and will be piloting in Oberlin. Besides LaunchU, RIDE also sought for the fund from the Green EDGE Fund, which provides financial support to green projects in Oberlin College and community. As a Green EDGE Fund board member, I got the chance to interact with RIDE from another perspective.
Attending the final competition of LaunchU, I was motivated by RIDE, and I reached out to the founder Kelvin Baker. Although the Green EDGE Fund was not able to provide support to this startup as it is not allowed to fund for-profit company, I still find such overlap fascinating.
There are several other startups in LaunchU final pitch that are related to sustainability. I am deeply motivated by the great creativity and innovation presented in the LaunchU Pitch.