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SSC Finalists: What’s New

Andrew Farrelly
October 27, 2016

It’s been three months since The Start Something Challenge Grand Finale, and our finalists, as you might expect, have been busy being awesome. Here’s a quick update about what they have been up to over the last several months.

Charnelle Bain: Simply Elegant Events Charnelle

“As an event planner and caterer it is always an honor when a client trusts you to use your creativity to bring their vision to life. I am honored to have been chosen as this year’s SSC Gala decorator. Working with Rachael has been effortless. I am also working on centerpieces for a local nonprofit in Newark for their gala.”

Denise Woodard: Partake Foods

"Since the Start Something Challenge, we have officially trademarked our name, Partake Foods, and our logo. We’ve also gotten closer to commercializing to our formulas for our first 3 flavors of mini cookies – Sweet Potato Millet, Carrot Oat, and Blueberry Buckwheat. We are launching a KickStarter campaign on October 18 to fund for our first commercial production run."

Djenaba Johnson-Jones: Hudson Kitchen

"I am launching a series of food business workshops in January 2017 that are designed to take the entrepreneur from concept to the farmers market in four months.   I'm also continuing to build community around the Hudson Kitchen brand through our Table Talk Live networking events.  They next event, a holiday-themed celebration, will take place on December 8th in Jersey City."

Ingri Lucia Torello: Ingri's Home Service Ingri

"After participating in RTC’s Start Something Challenge, I have attracted more clients and potential employees which inspired me with the confidence to legitimize my business. I am currently working on establishing the financial backbone of my business with the assistance of RTC, and the inspiring entrepreneurs in my community."

Natasha Dzurny: TechnoChic: Technology-Infused DIY Craft Kits

"TechnoChic officially launched the DIY tech-craft Paper Flower Kits at World Maker Faire on October 1 and 2 with great success, and the kits are now available for purchase online at TechnoChic also attended Maker Faire Orlando and will be featured at the Barnes & Noble Maker Faire in Union Square, NYC on November 5 and 6. The DIY kits are a perfect present for the holidays, and we are hoping to be included in holiday gift guides and retail stores very soon. We are also working out discounts for educators and educational institutions.

The best way to support TechnoChic is to purchase kits on the website and sign up for the newsletter at the footer of each webpage."

Pamela Roundtree: NewBody.NewMind.NewLiving Pamela

"Since The Start Something Challenge I conducted my 3rd Annual Health and Fitness Day and it was a great success.
And I won 3rd place at the Internet Marketing Week 2016, which secured me a scholarship to their EIPA program."

Racquel Clarke: FitFund

"We have been busy growing our team adding new traveling personal trainers. We have been busy in Union, Bergen, Essex and Morris County New Jersey! We have also collaborated with the Library Association for Star Wars  Read Month a perfect pair for our  Star Wars light saber workout. Also, ZICO coconut water has sponsored coconut water for all participants this fall for all of our events! I will also be featured on Visionary Leaders TV in November giving tips on easy workplace wellness solutions. I was also nominated for NJ Social Entrepreneur: of the year by Rutgers 3rd Annual Entrepreneurship Awards."

"Update: I won the award! 2016 Rutgers Alumni Social Entrepreneurship Award. This award is given to a Rutgers alumni who has developed an outstanding social entrepreneurial venture that addresses social problems or environmental issues."

Tina Tang: Iron Strong JewelryP1010266

"Since the Start Something Challenge, I came up with an idea to produce my own fitness inspired holiday shopping event, The Fit Festival. The Start Something Challenge experience filled me with confidence. I knew that I could rally friends and strangers to get excited about a unique fitness inspired holiday market. The Fit Festival is a fitness inspired small business holiday market that will host a self defense clinic, an Ask The Experts panel, and a bone marrow donor registry. It will be held Sunday, Dec 4, 12-3pm at The Live Well Company in Tribeca, NYC."

Vernesa Everett: Velvet Rope Boudoir Photography

"Doors didn't start swinging open left and right for me after the SSC Finale. I felt stuck standing out in the hallway with a great idea. I made the decision to regroup and re-evaluate what's working and what isn't. I am currently a student in Community Business Academy and getting great guidance on building a sound business. I am confident that I can have Velvet Rope Boudoir grow to the popular, luxurious portrait studio where any woman can embrace her womanhood and all of its grandeur."