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April 12, 2021

Berry holds first social impact challenge competition

"The Cash Cows" won $1,000 in a week-long competition hosted by Berry College’s Center for Student Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development (C-SEED).

The Social Impact Challenge is an opportunity for various students to join teams to compete for cash prizes in hopes to maximize sustainability across the Rome community. Nine teams presented their final three-minute pitch presentations and answered a two-minute Q&A session from judges Associate Professor of Biology Cathy Borer, Associate Provost David Slade, and Tina Bartleson of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center.

The Cash Cows included Megan Ennesser (Dallas, Ga.), Adam Francia (Dallas, Ga.), Caroline Landers (Gainesville, Ga.) and Erika Sprecher (Marietta, Ga.). Their winning pitch revolved around taking food waste from Berry’s dining hall and paper waste from Hermann Hall, composting and repurposing leaves into biodegradable pots. Profits from the sale of the pots and compost will be donated to the Save a Student fund, which provides emergency financial aid for students dealing with difficult situations.

In second place, CycleForward won $500.The team consisted of Katie Abbott (Alpharetta, Ga.), Rebecca Fulle (Woodstock, Ga.), Evey Stanley (Dallas, Ga.), and Hannah Tritschler (Murfreesboro, Tenn.). Berry College Volunteer Services placed third and won $250. Their team included Aubrianna Pfaltzgraff (Simpsonville, S.C.) and Grettie Reifenberger (Peachtree Corners, Ga.).

For more information regarding C-SEED’s next sponsored competition with cash prizes totaling $27,000, visit


Written by Public Relations Student Assistant Reed Couch

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