ISAP Members Place Third in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge
At the beginning of February, 6 USF School of Management students including Jocelyn Luciani, Emily Delarre, Shi Belcher, Jade Diuane, Zac Clark, and Winnie Wang began an 8 week journey participating in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge. The goal of the competition was to come up with a sustainable business concept to solve one of four sustainable development goals. The team chose zero hunger. The USF team was partnered with Khawarizmi University Technical College in Jordan, where they met on a bi-national call every Saturday morning for the eight-weeks to progress on their solution. Each week was planned out to follow the design-thinking process, all the way from empathizing with those in need in San Francisco and Amman to testing our prototype with potential consumers. The team's hard work culminated in week eight as they prepared to submit the final business concept and video pitch. Out of 14 teams who competed in the challenge, the USF team placed third in the competition and became official alumni of the Stevens Initiative-sponsored virtual exchange programs. The program was an excellent opportunity for students interested in cross cultural collaboration and the intersection of sustainability and business. Program highlights are using the design thinking process, building a prototype, learning how to develop a business concept and deliver a pitch, and hone in on your communication skills through the nature of working across cultures virtually. No matter your business background, there is a place for you in a future winning USF team.