RMI nominated to Chase Community Giving to encourage student startups

By: Steve Monday September 17, 2012 0 comments Tags: Brennan Zelener, Emily Wilson, Fort Collins, Maggie Flanagan, Mike Freeman, Newaya, RMI

RMI logoFORT COLLINS - Rocky Mountain Innosphere has been nominated to be part of the Chase Community Giving program, which will donate $5 million to local charities across the nation, RMI announced today.

The nomination period is now closed, and Chase is leaving it up to Facebook fans to decide which of the top 196 organizations will share in the $5 million in grants.

Any funding received by the Innosphere will go directly to support student startups and fund entrepreneurship education for students.

Online voting for charities ends Sept. 19.

"The Innosphere was nominated alongside other terrific nonprofit organizations and we are fortunate to be one of the 196 chosen," said Mike Freeman, RMI CEO. "We are very excited to start working with more student startups and begin helping them in achieving their goals and business potential."

One of the startup companies at the Innosphere is a student startup called Newaya, founded by 21-year-old CSU student Brennan Zelener.

"To be able to help the student entrepreneurs like Brennan would be a great service to provide to the community," said Maggie Flanagan, RMI's director of programs.

"Brennan and his company, which provides easy mobile phone recycling to consumers and businesses, have shown us first-hand how student ventures have the potential to change the world if provided with the right resources."

The Innosphere provides entrepreneurial startup companies with resources such as assistance with raising capital, access and connections with academic and government institutions and educational opportunities for realizing business success.

"This funding is the first step toward the Innosphere providing entrepreneurial education to students and recent graduates in order to provide them with the knowledge on how to facilitate successful spinoff development," Freeman said.

To be part of the voting in the Chase Community Giving program, "like" Rocky Mountain Innosphere on facebook.com/RMInnosphere.

Online voting ends Sept. 19.

For more information, call Emily Wilson, RMI communications director, at 970-295-4481.


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