Entrepreneur Magazine has named ASU student Garbrielle Palermo its College Entrepreneur of the Year based on the work she and 3 engineering classmates did in launching G3Box. I will definitely stop by the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative at Skysong when I am in Scottsdale in March. From ASU News:
Members of the G3Box team were challenged in one of their courses to determine a way to repurpose the numerous shipping containers that have been discarded at ports around the world. They immediately began to think of ways to turn the containers into something that would help people. The ASU team came up with the idea of turning the containers into portable maternity clinics that could be shipped to countries that had extremely high maternal mortality rates.
The team which includes Palermo, a junior studying biomedical engineering; Billy Walters, a senior mechanical engineering major; and Susanna Young and Clay Tyler, both graduate students pursuing master’s degrees in mechanical engineering began plans to refurbish the containers, adding ventilation, insulation, power, and potable water. From these plans, G3Box, a more-than-profit company aimed at generating global good, was formed.
“We knew that we had the ability to change the world when we started this project,” said Young. “G3Box started from a desire to reduce drastically high maternal death rates in the developing world. It is about the medicine and the clinics, yes, but it is also about creating jobs, developing economies, and improving the lives of people all over the world.”G3Box is currently a part of ASU’s Edson student accelerator based in ASU SkySong, Scottsdale’s Innovation Center. The Edson accelerator provides funding, mentoring, and office space that enables students to advance their ventures.
From the Entrepreneur Magazine piece:
For Palermo, what started as a student project has the potential to turn into a dream job. “When I started college I didn’t really think I was going to be growing a business,” she says. “Doing G3Box for my future career or starting up other companies that focus on social good is my passion now.”