Christina Phillips Makes Her Pitch Personal
It is Tuesday evening, October 17, in downtown Hartford. The cozy office suite, lined with floor-to-ceiling windows, is filled with nervous excitement as the founders of startups emerging from UConn anxiously wait to pitch their businesses. The 2023 Wolff New Venture Competition is the culmination of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) summer program that helps prepare UConn students and faculty to launch their ideas.
Christina Phillips, a UConn MBA student, is ready. She heads the fourth of six teams competing for nearly $60,000 in cash prizes. Phillips is the CEO of the startup Puure, which uses organic cotton and nontoxic materials to make female intimate apparel and promotes female health.
Booker T. Washington Is Smiling at New Haven
Reverend Eldren D. Morrison’s influence is almost heavenly. On Sundays, you will find him presiding over the activities of Shaw Temple A.M.E Zion Church in Smyrna, Georgia, 16 miles north of Atlanta, where he helps his congregation see the big picture of life—and all its mysteries.
He may reside in Georgia with his wife and two young children (Ava, 8 and Ian, 3), but his presence reaches New Haven, Connecticut, where he serves on the Booker T. Washington Academy (BTWA) Board of Directors as a co-founder. And if he has his way, he will put a Booker T. Washington Academy in every state to uplift kids and families.
Mercy Gives a Voice to Social Justice—One Story At a Time
Entrepreneurs take enormous risks. But few would have the gumption to create an anti-capitalist business in the home of capitalism. Think of it as a kinder company. In an age where everything is public, it’s a highwire act that could come crashing to the ground.
The company is not a utopian fantasy in a rural hippie commune. Mercy A. Quaye is the founder of The Narrative Project (TNP), a public relations and communications firm based in New Haven, Connecticut. She seeks to build a new way of working where employees are treated humanely, and the business makes money.