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Penn State Startup Week Contest Helps Launch Platform to Fight Hunger

first_img About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz Last Updated Nov 16, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedSmeal College of Business Redesigns Online MBA ProgramStarting in Fall 2017, students looking to earn an MBA at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University will have an opportunity to do so through their completely redesigned Online MBA program. The change in format, the school explains, was designed to create “a new program that is more flexible for adult…September 16, 2016In “Featured Region”Smeal Ranked by BusinessweekThe Penn State Smeal College of Business’s MBA Program has been ranked no. 2 in return on investment according to the latest Bloomberg Businessweek rankings. Businessweek based its return on investment measure on the cost of the program, two years of foregone wages and the average salary increase students experience…November 19, 2014In “Featured Home”Smeal Students Selected for Supply Chain ProgramThe Penn State Smeal College of Business is one of only two schools from which Burlington Stores, a national off-price retailer headquartered in New Jersey, actively recruits for its Supply Chain Leader Development Program. This leadership program for supply chain graduates is an 18-month program that introduces new graduates to…July 28, 2014In “Featured Home” Last fall, five Penn State Harrisburg students took their idea for a supply-chain management platform to the HackPSU Hackathon. After testing the idea there, they took it to the Penn State Smeal College of Business 2017 Supply Chain Entrepreneurship Pitch Contest. There, the team nabbed second place out of 26 competitors. They took this honor (and the $4,500 award that came with it), and flew to Amsterdam for the Thought for Food Global Summit.Smeal students Howie Anderson, Michael Li, Brandon Daubenspeck, Pranav Jain, and Alex Bouril, were eager to showcase their idea at the summit, as, according to Daubenspeck, helping people access food was “the perfect application for our platform.”The platform, NuntAgri, is a chatbot with which buyers, sellers, and distributors of food can interact. In its most recent iteration, NuntAgri enables sellers to input what they would like to sell, and buyers to text NuntAgri to peruse or purchase these orders. NuntAgri then contacts a close intermediary to transport the order. This efficient coordination allows produce and food items that would have been discarded to be picked up by volunteer drivers and taken to places like homeless shelters and food banks. Michael li explains the platform as, “a service offered through SMS, short message service, that can revolutionize regional distribution logistics by using crowd-sourcing.”The summit was a fruitful next step for the team, as NuntAgri’s capabilities align with Thought for Food’s goal of feeding nine billion people in the next thirty years. As of now, however, the platform is being used by Dirty Dog Hauling, a Harrisburg company that specializes in junk removal. Just as it would with food, the chatbot connects sellers, transporters, and buyers of the junk items.“This has been an excellent experience,” Li said. “We have learned how to make connections, how to network and develop a system that will effectively manage supply and demand.”center_img Penn State Startup Week Contest Helps Launch Platform to Fight Hunger regions: Philadelphialast_img

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