Marc Parnell, first-year economics major, places third in Spartan Challenge

Posted 4.21.2015

College Hamper, a scalable laundry courier service for college campuses run within a logistics-driven mobile sofware framework, placed third and won $2,500 in this year's Spartan Challenge, Case Western Reserve University's annual business start-up contest.

In addition to prize money, the contest offers seasoned experts to mentor the winning teams from concept through planning.

Marc Parnell, a first-year CWRU student majoring in economics and mathematics, is the sole founder of the College Hamper concept.

Parnell also represented Case Western Reserve in the regional Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC) ideaLabs competition, placing second against 11 other eastern Ohio universities.

Of his business strategy, Parnell says it "follows in the trails of such companies as Uber, Roadie, and InstaCart in the 'New Infrastructure' movement," to coordinate "the pressing needs of society with intelligently crowd-sourced supply.

Parnell thanks to co-organizers of the Spartan Challenge, Colin Drummond and William Grimberg, and the CWRU Blackstone Launchpad team of Bob Sopko and Gene Sasso, as well as additional funding from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, for helping fine-tune his launch efforts.

Learn more about the other teams that placed in this year's Spartan Challenge, or discover how the economics department at Weatherhead helps students think beyond the possible.

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