From November 22-24th, AsylumConnect co-founders Katie Sgarro and Sayid Abdullaev, represented AsylumConnect at Business Today's 41st International Conference held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The theme of this year's conference was "Business and Innovation: Transformations through Technology in the 21st Century." The conference brought together 150 students from over 30 nations.
In October, AsylumConnect was selected as 1 of the 5 finalists for the BT Impact Challenge. (The other finalists included: Releaf Group, Smiley Go, Green Sole, and Food Fresh of Bangladesh.) The BT Impact Challenge is a seed-funding competition for students interested in social entrepreneurship and is open to social entrepreneurs from all over the world. As one of the finalists, AsylumConnect was awarded a month of mentorship from a business executive. Matt Malter Cohen, Head of Data at pymetrics, helped AsylumConnect to shape and refine a compelling pitch presentation for the conference.
On the last day of the conference, each finalist delivered a 15-minute pitch to a panel of 3 judges (Ebony Lee, Martin Johnson, and Mozelle Thompson.) The judges then selected 2 teams (AsylumConnect and Food Fresh) to present again to the entire conference. After much deliberation, the judges selected AsylumConnect as the grand prize winner of BT's inaugural Impact Challenge. As a result, AsylumConnect will be awarded $15,000 of seed capital.
A big thank you to Business Today, this year's BT Impact Challenge judges, Matt Malter Cohen, our advisors, and all of our supporters! We are very excited to continue to grow AsylumConnect's impact.