The semester is long over by now. Given the fact I was managing school and working on the Accelerate project I was thrilled with the outcome of my GPA. With ID, there is also what’s called sophomore review where the professors review your work and determine if you’re prepared to move on to junior year. REgardless of GPA, if they don’t think you’re ready, you don’t move on. My letter came and luckily I’m all set. PHEW! It was a nerve racking three weeks between the end of the semester and receiving of my letter. Sophomore year is in the books.
I’ll be on campus for the summer though, participating in the Social Innovation Lab. The SIL is Accelerate meeting social impact. 5 of us will be innovating products, ideas or services that will benefit the world. I’m fortunate enough to be able to work on my Accelerate project for this. We’re also fortunate to be working with BUILD, a program designed to encourage entrepreneurship in high school students.
This is also a new beginning for my Accelerate project, Gentoo. Gentoo is a finalist in Mass Challenge. Mass Challenge is a global innovation competition. Companies and invidivuals from all over the world enter. There were over 1,000 entries this year, we’re in the final 128. For the next few months we’ll be working out of their building in our own office space, have access to mentors, consultants and services for every component of business. This will culminate in a final pitch competition in September for the chance at winning $100,000. We’ve also found local manufacturers and I’m currently wearing the prototype now for testing.
My participation in Accelerate and how dramatically my life has changed because of the program is almost surreal. I look back at where I was a year ago and never would have thought I’d be on the cusp of starting my own business with the opportunity to help thousands of people. It took an incredible amount of work to get here but the experience is a true testament to hard work paying off.