Livia Cox ’22 and Nick Wells ’20 (pictured) are recipients of a $5,000 seed grant from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. They presented their project, Opioid Harm Reduction and Education Initiative, to a panel of judges on Feb. 28. “The rate of death due to opioid overdose in Connecticut is twice the national average,” Wells said. “We provide resources and education to combat opioid overdose in high-risk communities across Connecticut, and we’re starting right here in Middlesex County.” Both EMTs, Cox and Wells form partnerships with local community leaders and offer socioculturally-attuned training, naloxone (NARCAN) dissemination, and other grassroots prevention and rehabilitation measures.
On March 2, three student-run enterprises received $5,000 seed grants from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE). The unrestricted funding is accompanied with training, advising, mentoring, incubator workspace, and other resources from the Patricelli Center.
These $5,000 awards are intended to fund the launch or early-stage growth of a social enterprise, project, program, or venture. Projects or ventures must address a social problem; be sustainable, scalable, and/or replicable; and have a potential for impact. Entries can be for-profit, nonprofit, hybrid, or have no legal structure.
On Feb. 28, six finalists pitched their ventures to judges and members of the Board of Trustees.
The 2020 PCSE Seed Grant winners include:
Other finalists include:
Photos of the finalist pitches are below. (Photos by Olivia Drake)
Inayah Bashir ’20 pitched her venture, Mental Wealth Consulting. The organization aims to expand conversations about mental wellness and mindfulness by offering professional development, restorative workshops and community programming, and curricular resources such as activities and classes. “Our programming fosters resilience, wellness, and mental wealth,” Bashir explained. Grant funds would be used for hiring a mindfulness/yoga instructor, supporting program materials, and providing a stipend for student ambassadors.
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