What’s Cooking is now 6 months old and the journey has been one I hold dear to my heart. With each and every day my passion and desire for our idea to grow gets stronger. So far we’ve been a part of, or applied to three pitch challenges to gain investment for our company. Our first pitch was on April 8th and it was hosted by the Fordham Foundry. The Fordham Foundry is an incubator for Fordham startups and they describe themselves as “not just any business incubator, a commitment to business that advances society in a way greater and more meaningful than profit.” It’s a really neat place and has become a second home to me. I’ll be writing a story about it soon. Anyway, April 8th was a great day. We experienced our first opportunity to share our idea and see if it was worth investment money. Though we didn’t win first, we did win people’s choice award for $1000! It was an honor to receive that award, knowing the people in that audience voted for and believed in our idea was inspirational. The second pitch we applied for was through SI360 (Social Innovation 360) an organization on our and many other campuses that prioritizes socially conscious thinking when creating a business. Although we put lots of effort into preparation for the pitch, we did not make it. The third and current last pitch we applied for was the “Global Social Innovation Challenge” held at the university of San Diego. It was created through an organization called the Social Innovation Collaboratory which is on many campuses across the world including Fordham. It has three rounds to pass in order to qualify for the event. We sent in our application. Soon after, we heard that we had made it to the second round. We were stoked to hear this because out of the 20 teams that applied from Fordham, only four made it to round 2. However there was still the third round to pass. After creating a video to send in and completing a dense application, we sent our best shot. As the weeks went by we wondered if this could actually happen. Out of the hundreds of teams that apply, only forty or so would be accepted into the challenge. We were then notified that we did not make the cut. Only 2 of the 4 teams from Fordham were sent and it was not us. Although we were let down, it did not deter our motivation.
This all changed up until last week. According to Carey, one of the directors at the Social innovation Collaboratory at Fordham, one of the teams had dropped out of the competition. This meant that another team had to take their spot. One afternoon as I was getting out of work, Joe called me telling me a team had dropped out and we were next in line to go. We were ecstatic. What’s Cooking will actually go to an event made up of teams all across the world. Although this was great news, it did come late. We are currently at a disadvantage in terms of prep time compared to the other teams. We have so much to do in so little time. The pitch is June 23rd at USD. Joe and I are making the trip out there to share our idea. Times are crazy right now and I’m the busiest I’ve ever been. Leading up to the pitch which is next Saturday I intend on writing more stories in the theme of What’s Cooking and how we’re preparing for the challenge. Tomorrow’s story is a bit special so it may not fall under these terms. Thank you for reading and I hope you want to stay for the journey.