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Send 'Em Packin'

Kids empty out their dorm rooms every year. Thanks to this guy, they have a place to keep their stuff.

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This story appears in the August 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

What: Storage service forstudents
Who: Arnaud Karsenti ofCollegeboxes Inc.
Where: Miami
When: Started in 1999

Rarely can you use an idea for a school project to makemillions. But as a junior at Duke University in Durham, NorthCarolina, Arnaud Karsenti got a chance to do just that when hewrote a business plan for his own student-run storage and shippingcompany in an engineering class. Using Duke's own campus as aprototype, the now-22-year-old set up shop as Dukeboxes, offeringto store students' belongings for the summer. By his senioryear, he'd changed the name of the company to Collegeboxes Inc.and expanded to nine campuses. By year-end, he'll have launchedlocations on 41 college campuses across the country.

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