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Volunteers from the business community are a key part of The Possible Project’s model. Students learn about a wide range of career pathways from our diverse pool of entrepreneurs, local business owners, and professionals. Volunteers provide support as students learn the skills they need for future success.
Check in here for a schedule of upcoming events organized by The Possible Project. Whether you want to invest in our student entrepreneurs, shop their businesses, or just get to know us better, here are the details.
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Four of our top Level 3 businesses recently advanced to the final Pitch Panel round to present their businesses in front of executives at Biogen. We would like to say a special thank you to Megan Gladden, who did a spectacular job planning and executing this Pitch Panel event, and the continued support from Chris Barr. Another thank you to the pitch panelists: Howard Davis, Amy Guzman, Liveda Johnson, and Mike Parran. All of you were instrumental in making this event meaningful.
In the Spring of 2016, Four Level 3 businesses were selected to move on to their final Pitch Panel at Johnson and Johnson Innovation Center. These businesses included, Intricate Simplicities, Divine Curls, RelieveV8, and Don’t Panic. Each business had 8-minutes to pitch their business to an executive-level panel consisting of: James Tobin, Robert Radinsky, Thomas Luby, and Marian Nakada. Topics included: Business Concept, Marketing Strategy, Costs, Profit Margin, Quality Control, and Investment Budget. The award… $500. One business took the prize, but every team walked away with something money can’t buy… confidence.
In the Summer of 2016, our Level 3 businesses were selected to move on to the final Pitch Panel at Pfizer. These businesses included, Three Leaves Teas, Lit (Life is True) Co., CT’s Babysitting, and Deadstock.kix. Each business had 8-minutes to pitch their business to an executive-level panel consisting of: Belen Carillo-Rivas, Carolyn Green and Alexander Goldsmith. Topics included: Business Concept, Marketing Strategy, Costs, Profit Margin, Quality Control, and Investment Budget. Thank you to this incredible panel for striking that perfect balance between challenging the students with great questions, while also being enthusiastic and supportive of their work.
This Fall, we received an enormous donation of electronics from Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, championed by one of our most dedicated volunteers, Kelly Flynn. These items were donated to We Sell Possible, one of the in-house businesses at The Possible Project. It is an online resale service through which students take items donated to TPP and sell them using online marketplaces. Students participating in We Sell Possible engage in all facets of the business, including research, sales, customer service and correspondence, and packaging and shipping. We are grateful for this contribution and continued support!
This Summer, Cimpress, parent company of Vistaprint, invited a group of our students to their Vistaprint office in Waltham to learn from the experts in marketing and branding. Over 15 volunteers worked one-on-one with each student business on advanced marketing strategies. Several of our students walked away with upgraded logos and business cards. Experiences like this not only help our student businesses advance, but provide our students an opportunity to see a new professional setting, hear from individuals in different fields, and build their network. Check out this video from Vistaprint to learn more!
Every Session, we bring our Level 2 cohort over to HubSpot in Cambridge to meet with a group of inbound marketing experts. Topics include: general marketing strategies, leveraging social media platforms, sale tactics, and branding guidelines. Students always leave HubSpot feeling very motivated and excited to execute their marketing plans. We are so appreciative of these HubSpotters and the time they give to our student businesses.The volunteers are super – not only do they keep the students engaged in the material, but make an effort to connect.
Every Session, CIC hosts our Level 1 cohort and organizes a Minute Mentoring event. Minute Mentoring is a networking event for student businesses to ask questions of entrepreneurs. The Possible Project Level 1 students have just launched their business ventures and learn a lot from these entrepreneurs and how they turned their interests into a career.
We’re always looking for unique opportunities for our students. Are you interested in helping out with events, being a guest speaker, hosting a Pitch Panel or other projects that engage our students? Drop us a line—we’d love to hear from you!