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Entrepreneurs at Virginia Tech

By Devon Lee

According to the Small Business Association (SBA), over 620,000 new businesses open up every year. Among these startups are those founded, and run, by Virginia Tech students.

“Entrepreneurship, for me, is this thing I fell into because of my passion for this problem, and I’ve absolutely fell in love with it,” Maria Jernigan said. “I love running a business now, and I can’t imagine my life any other way.”

Jernigan, the founder and CEO of Redshift Education, started her company while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech in 2017. Redshift Education utilizes video games to facilitate an immersive learning environment that teaches users how to speak Spanish.

For many in the startup world, Covid-19 brought along unexpected challenges. However, for MassApply, a company that builds software for jobseekers, the pandemic provided a job market that helped propel their product.

“We like kind of launched in March of 2020 and then since then, I think we got our first 5,000 users in two months,” Naman Singh, co-founder and CEO of MassApply, said. “And right now, we are at 10,000.”

Most of these founders started their businesses around a personal issue or problem they encountered. The founder of Aunt Carol’s Sauce, Tajhere Lewis, created his company to help spread his late aunt’s seafood sauce recipe and raise awareness about cancer.

“I didn’t even know Aunt Carol’s Sauce could be this big,” Lewis said. “You know when you start something, you know, you have great ambitions for it and you see a vision for it, but you don’t actually see it come into fruition.”

While there are many challenges to starting a business, these Virginia Tech students have been able to achieve success in their ventures.

“I had everything within me because I had my drive and a humility to learn what I didn’t know,” Jernigan said.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2020 in News, No category

 
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Cold case billboard, Thanksgiving travel plans, dorm pods.

The News Feed for November 17, 2020.
 
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Posted by on November 17, 2020 in News, No category, Webcasts

 
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Election Day Feed Update

Feed Update for November 3, 2020
 
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Posted by on November 3, 2020 in Feed Updates, No category, Webcasts

 
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The News Feed Special: Activism within the Virginia Tech Community

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2020 in No category, Webcasts

 
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Sports and Safety

Club sports at Virginia Tech look different this year due to COVID restrictions put in place by the school. Although most sports are able to hold tryouts and regular practices, their competition schedules are more limited. In addition to uncertain and unplanned seasons, each club must go through safety precautions, like mask usage, temperature checks, and social distancing before using Virginia tech facilities. They must also access and complete the health questionnaire on the HokieReady app in order to enter the facility.

“This year, obviously, we’re wearing masks. That’s a big change. We also have to make sure that we’re keeping our distance. If we want to get water, we all have to stay spread apart at least ten feet apart if we want to get a sip of water,” said Raya Mufti, women’s club volleyball officer.

Virginia tech created a bubble called the field house where club sports like volleyball, basketball and MMA club could continue their daily practices and tournaments. The field house is equipped with temperature screening machines and a check in table with staff who enforce the rules for all guests and players. 

“So far, the bubble’s been awesome. We got to come out here and every day it’s been really nice and really clean. They’re checking our temperatures and scanning us in so it’s really safe. It’s really nice courts too, not much different than War Memorial. I actually like it more than War Memorial because the floors aren’t concrete, but overall it’s been really nice for everyone,” said Matthew Lewandowski, men’s club volleyball member.

Neither club volleyball nor club basketball will be able to compete against other schools this season yet baseball and softball are hopeful for the spring. Reporting for the Newsfeed, I’m Jasmine Ayazi.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2020 in No category, Sports

 
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The News Feed Special: Virginia Tech Homecoming During COVID-19

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2020 in No category, Webcasts

 
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“To Vote and What To Vote?” That is the Question. – A Checks and Balances Podcast

As incredible as the news has been over the past few months, everybody is looking forward for something to change. One of the most important ways that we as citizens can enact change is by voting in the upcoming election. So, in this podcast, we talk about some of the lesser known subjects that you
will be voting on the coming election, as well as some relevant information on your rights and safety as a voter. Specifically, state constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot, and their effects. After that, we briefly talk about what is and is not allowed at polling locations to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone performing their civic duty. For more details on these topics, please feel free to browse the links below.

https://ballotpedia.org/Virginia_2020_ballot_measures

https://montva.com/docs/default-source/voter-registration/voter-news/2020/sample-ballot-full.pdf?sfvrsn=199062b1_0

https://www.elections.virginia.gov/proposed-constitutional-amendment-2020/

https://www.elections.virginia.gov/proposed-constitutional-amendment-2020/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/us/politics/trump-supporters-early-voting-virginia.amp.html

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title24.2/chapter6/section24.2-604/

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2020 in News, No category, Podcasts

 
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The News Feed Special: Virginia Tech Student Dining during COVID-19

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2020 in News, No category, Webcasts

 
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Feed Update for October 1, 2020

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2020 in Feed Updates, No category, Webcasts

 
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Academic and Social Life During COVID

During the COVID pandemic, students have been struggling to find new ways to balance their academic and social life. In this podcast Jasmine Ayazi, Jacqui Beasley, and Rachel Gaylord talk about strategies to balance both academics and social time. They also discuss ways to safely have a social life.

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Posted by on September 28, 2020 in No category, Podcasts