All for Profit and Profiting for All
College students are starting for-profit companies that promote social causes.
College students are known for their progressive thinking and desire to make the world a better place. Now, some are pushing past theoretical ideas and taking steps to put their money where their mouth is by starting for-profit companies that promote social causes.
While studying abroad in Paris during his junior year at Drexel University, Timothy Ericson was impressed by the environmentally friendly bicycle-sharing system he encountered. After doing some research, Ericson learned that the program had 20,600 bicycles, 1,451 stations and more than 42 million users, and he saw an opportunity to take the concept back home and make some money while promoting a healthier environment. "Hopping on a bicycle to go to school and work would be a great convenience for me," says Ericson, 23. "But beyond the convenience factor, this system reduces carbon emissions, which is something I believe in strongly."
AWARDS SEASONThe UPS Store and Entrepreneur are proud to announce Entrepreneur magazine's Entrepreneur of 2009 awards. We're awarding three winners: an established business owner, an emerging business (less than four years in business) and a college entrepreneur. For more info and to enter, go to entrepreneur.com/e2009 or entrepreneur.com/e2009college. The winners will be featured in Entrepreneur and honored at a luncheon in Miami in January 2010. The deadline to enter is June 15, 2009.