MiddChallenge 2012 Winners
Ben Stasiuk ’14 – Uncle B’s Firenuts is a specialty food product that blends the intense heat of homegrown heirloom hot peppers with the flavors of bourbon and wood smoke. With a proven recipe, product packaging and a logo already, the next step is to expand his business and move from selling directly to individuals to selling the nuts in stores.
Austin Ritter ’12.5 and Greg Dier ’12.5 – With waterbodies across North America threatened by the invasive Eurasian milfoil, Integrated Milfoil Management intends to bring MiddFoil® technology, a process developed by Professor Sheldon to grow and distribute a native insect that selectively feeds on the invasive plant, in order to help provide sustainable milfoil control in Vermont’s waterbodies.
EDUCATION, OUTREACH, AND POLICY
Nathan Weil ’15, Harry Zieve Cohen ’15, Chris Kennedy ’15, Jack Cookson ’15, Oliver Meyers ’15, Elias Gilman ’15, Eduardo Deniño-Beck ’15 – A market-based, transaction-oriented and self-sustaining hunger relief program, Middlebury Foods will pair with producers, churches and community organizations, enabling Vermonters to purchase supermarket-quality food at fast-food prices.
Cailey Cron ’13.5 and Molly Shane ’13.5 – In hopes of helping to relieve food insecurity in Addison County, Share the Surplus will collaborate with students, dining services and local food non-profits to make excess prepared food from the Middlebury College dining system available to local people in need.
Aidesha-Kiya Vega-Hutchens ’13.5 and Jun Chen ’13.5 – By collecting and compiling narrative pieces from both “victims” and “perpetrators” throughout New England, War at Home[room] seeks to document bullying in the education systems, in an effort to comprehend how the legacy of both the bullied and the bully ripples through one’s life.
Moss Turpin ’14 and Dylan Redford ’14 – WEDIDIT, a mixed documentary/fiction film chronicling one of the few musical collectives in which members collaborate on work but release music individually, will explore the L.A.-based collective’s unique collaborative creative process, as well as the boundaries between documentary and fiction.
APPLY FOR MIDDCHALLENGE 2013
Have an idea for a project or business? Is there problem you want to solve or an artistic piece you wish to create?
Spend this summer taking your idea to the next level and get the funding to do it. Middchallenge is here to help you turn your idea into reality.
Middchallenge is accepting proposals in which you explain the inspiration and/or viability of your idea or business. (See How to Apply)
We are accepting ideas for…
* Business (Co-hosted with Midd Ventures)
* Education, Outreach, and Policy
On March 15-16, 2013 the top chosen proposals in each of these areas will be invited to pitch their idea for 10 minutes to an expert panel of judges made up of alumni, community and faculty. Two projects in each category will be chosen to win.
Winners will receive $3K for the summer. Students will be provided office space, access to Middlebury’s summer room and board, and alumni mentoring.
Middchallenge winners will have frequent communication with their alumni mentors, reporting their accomplishments, problems, and future plans monthly through the end of the summer. This doesn’t mean you have to come in knowing all of the answers, it just means you have to commit to consistent effort to move your project forward.
All current Middlebury students are eligible.
Submit your proposals by March 9, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The top applicants in each area will be notified by Monday March 11, 2013. Business competition participants will present on Friday March 15, 2013 and Arts and Education, Outreach, and Policy participants will present on Saturday March 16, 2013.
There will be a help session offered for those who wish to sharpen their presentation skills. This year mentorship will be provided in preparation for the presentations by recent Midd grads including two young entrepreneurs and a consultant in the arts.
Please feel free to contact these students if you have any questions.
Logan Randolph '14
Will Potter '14.5
Joanie Thompson '14
AJ Guff '13.5
Kate Robinson '16
Olivia Tabah '16