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YardSprout Enters Changemakers Competition for $50k Prize

YardSprout entered the Changemakers Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works competition, which gives out 5 prizes of $50,000 each.  eBay Foundation and Ashoka’s Changemakers created this online competition to “find the world’s most innovative, market-based solutions that create economic opportunity and generate employment for disadvantaged populations.” YardSprout wants to create economic opportunity for hundreds of thousands of gardeners and farmers and...

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The Value of Mentorship

I was reflecting on the elements that contributed to a successful Startup Weekend process and pitch, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the strong, patient, and consistent mentorship of Russell Herman. The day before pitching YardSprout to the Startup Weekend audience in Bay 7 at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC, I spent 2 hours with my mentor, Russell, at Blue Coffee in downtown Durham.  He could tell that I was full of anticipation and itching to think through my goals...

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YardSprout gets some Press

Check out some of the resulting press coverage from YardSprout’s win at Triangle Startup Weekend: The sponsor was the Center for Entrepreneurial Development in Durham, NC:  www.cednc.org Our mini-profile on Startupweekend.org WRAL: “YardSprout grows winning plan at Startup Weekend” Triangle Business Journal: “Startup Weekend a success” The RTP Blog: “Triangle Startup Weekend: What did you do this weekend?“ The list of all the initial...

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YardSprout Wins First Place at Triangle Startup Weekend!

YardSprout founder and “Chief Sprouting Officer” Andrew Pearson pitched the YardSprout concept in 60 seconds on Friday. We competed with over 50 over entrepreneurs pitching ideas.  Twenty were selected to advance to the next phase. An 8 person team of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs formed that night and came up with an action plan for Saturday morning that included market research and surveying at the Durham Farmer’s Market. On Saturday, we decided to help...

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