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MBA students launch nonprofits
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The co-founders of four nonprofit start-ups are, front row, from left, Jeneca Willis, Christine Kramer, Forrest Feld; back row, DeAnna Anderson-Marshall, Vanessa Thompson, Andrew Odell, Glen Ross and Vanessa Ferrer.
ST. PETERSBURG - On Saturday, April 26, WeIgnite will host a nonprofit start-up party to raise funds for four new nonprofit organizations formed by MBA students at USFSP.

The event at Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 Baum Ave. N., St Peterburg, is from 7 to 10 p.m. and includes food, entertainment, a silent auction, a live auction and raffle. A cash bar will also be available.

WeIgnite is a nonprofit in St. Pete designed as a tool to provide support to new social enterprises in their start-up phase of development. It was founded and is managed by USFSP faculty and students as well as engaged community members who are interested in social innovation and enhancing social welfare and environmental health. WeIgnite provides valuable resources and support to new organizations to ensure that they do well while doing good.

This year, in its first year of business, WeIgnite is proud to be working with four new nonprofit start-ups founded by students in the MBA program at USFSP.

Harvest 361 will provide fresh, healthy, locally grown produce to families living in the food deserts in St. Petersburg, FL. Its mission is to replace inner-city derelict land with thriving urban farms, while also educating the community on the many advantages of urban farming and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.

Last Call Cab will serve Saint Petersburg in the fight against drunk driving. It will provide low-cost sober rides to individuals who have had too much to drink. The organization also seeks to identify the reasons people choose to drink and drive and ultimately provide the necessary information, tools, and incentives to prevent it.

Para Adelante will provide funding for a higher education degree to Latin American women who will use education as a catalyst for change – to rise above poverty, support their families, and eventually enact social change in their communities.

SolART Technologies will provide a portable, solar powered, low-cost medical sterilization device to people and/or clinics in developing countries with the goal to increase the quality of life and prevent the loss of life due to poorly or unsterilized medical instruments.

All of the proceeds raised at this month's fundraiser will contribute to the start-up and ongoing success of these innovative organizations.
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