Support of Smith Entrepreneurs
Late last month,
Rebecca Freeman ’09 and Camaren Subhiyah ’07
took home cash prizes after displaying their business concepts
to local bankers and a live audience at the Harold Grinspoon
Charitable Foundation’s fourth annual Entrepreneurship
The event took place April 25 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke,
Mass. The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation provides
philanthropic support, primarily in western Massachusetts,
with the mission of encouraging young people to reach their
leadership and entrepreneurial potential, rewarding excellent
education, and promoting literacy and early childhood education.
Freeman, who won the annual Smith College Elevator Pitch
Contest in March, joined 14 other students from the region
in delivering a 90-second pitch of her business idea in a
convincing way at the banquet. She won third place and a
check for $500.
Freeman’s product, SipSafe, will protect tourists
against water-borne diseases by using a water-purifying straw.
Freeman’s idea adapts a purifying straw already on
the market into a smaller, travel-friendly size.
Meanwhile, Subhiyah also took two $500 prizes in support
of her company ColorSmitten, which will offer high-residue
glossy color posters that highlight the Smith College campus.
Subhiyah joined 40 students from 13 area colleges in displaying
her products at the banquet. Local bankers who attended the
event gave cash prizes to support four of the displayed products.
Subhiyah hopes to have the posters available for purchase
on campus during commencement and reunion this year.