Berry alumna and founder of The African SOUP Brin Enterkin (a 2012 grad) has been named one of Forbes’ 2018 30-Under-30 Social Entrepreneurs. While at Berry, Brin worked in Uganda with micro-financing. She met Micheal Kaidhiwa and they decided to work together to lift communities out of poverty. She returned to Berry to build a team of student volunteers who would help create structures of change. The result is The African SOUP, a non-profit aimed at using education to break the cycle of poverty. “As I sit in The African SOUP office on this hot, beautiful day, I am reminded of how thankful I am for God’s goodness and of the extraordinary support and love given to me from my closest friends,” Brin says.
Jonathan Pascual (04C) might be the poster child for a well-rounded liberal arts education. This psychology major took every opportunity he had to work with people, whether it was in Admissions as a tour guide, in his dorm as a resident assistant or as a missionary over breaks. His desire to connect with others put him on Berry’s first ultimate Frisbee team and took him to the dance floor with the swing dance community. Despite his busy schedule, Jonathan found time to ace Berry’s demanding academics and graduate magna cum laude. “Berry helped me mature…I grew into a confident sense of self rooted in my identity in Christ. The whole ‘Head, Heart and Hands’ mission of Berry was really heavy on the ‘Heart’ portion for me.”
After graduating, his entrepreneurial drive led him to open his own business. He started by working as a Starbucks barista and then spent a few years gaining experience opening and managing coffee shops for other people. These experiences led him to entrepreneurship in the form of Taproom Coffee—a specialty coffee and craft beer bar located in Atlanta. Now, three years in, his thriving business provides a place of fellowship and community for Atlanta.
Berry instructor Zane Cochran is an innovator in the competitive and exploding field of creative technologies. As the mind behind Berry’s HackBerry Lab, Zane has helped students and faculty to think creatively and to innovate new technologies since 2012. His own creations, including the acclaimed PIXI dresses, have gained attention in such exhibitions as Museum of Design Atlanta’s “On You: Wearing Technology.” Zane’s interests in art, fashion and electronics inspire him to combine his passions into wearable technologies. His PIXI dresses were his first major success for combining art, fashion and tech into a piece of clothing that could be worn out and about. In his day to day life, Zane teaches in Berry’s Creative Technologies program and continues to oversee HackBerry Lab. “Berry’s idea of ‘Experience it Firsthand’ … inspired me to consider the importance of what it means to design, build and try things out in the real world and experience all the failures and successes that come with defining the technologies of the future,” Zane says.
Emilee Burroughs (17c) has dreamed of creating a Christ-centered, fashion-forward, body-positive magazine since she was in high school. Thanks to Berry’s focus on entrepreneurship, she’s made that dream a reality! Anointed launched on January 1, 2016 and is five issues in with a sixth on the way. The skills she gained in her communication major paired with classes in management allowed her to create a plan for Anointed with business partner Rob Himmelwright (18c). Dr. Paula Englis, professor of management, encouraged the magazine’s start and Emilee took it all the way to publication—focusing on teen girls looking for a positive, uplifting message to encourage them in their daily lives. Emilee is now a senior looking to focus full-time on her business and expand it after graduation. She has plans to return to campus in the future to participate in Berry’s MBA program. “Berry is an exceptional school that gave me the confidence and skills I need to pursue my dreams,” Emilee says.
Junior Josh Cutter (18c) and senior Chris Whitmire (17c) are the winners of the Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference “pitch” contest. The $2000 winning pitch? Their business Ambedo – a software platform that creates files to produce customized prosthetic hands via 3D printing.