NC State University Social Innovation Fellows

We are excited to invite the 2017-2018 NCSU SI Fellows to our team. Their wealth of knowledge, passion, and drive is helping Freshspire expand to new horizons. 

  Sofia Abdo    Business Administration Major with a Concentration in Marketing, Design Studies Minor   I have a long-standing passion for issues of sustainability, specifically in the context of sustainable sourcing foods. I would most like to solve the issue of limited access to healthy and sustainable foods in areas across the US considered 'food deserts' as well as remote communities worldwide. I am excited to grow and expand my thinking patterns and skills among a group of like-minded and driven individuals in the Fellows program!

Sofia Abdo

Business Administration Major with a Concentration in Marketing, Design Studies Minor

I have a long-standing passion for issues of sustainability, specifically in the context of sustainable sourcing foods. I would most like to solve the issue of limited access to healthy and sustainable foods in areas across the US considered 'food deserts' as well as remote communities worldwide. I am excited to grow and expand my thinking patterns and skills among a group of like-minded and driven individuals in the Fellows program!

  Thomas Armstrong    Business Administration Major, Concentrating in Entrepreneurship   I started my first company when I was 12 years old - an iPhone application that a friend and I worked on for two years and then published to the App Store. Since then, I have started and managed several companies, mostly in the digital marketing and website hosting spaces. I now run SnapFire Studios, a digital marketing consulting company specializing in video production and photography. I am very passionate about social entrepreneurship - from a young age I would always watch NBC’s Shark Tank TV show, and the businesses that interested me most were those who gave back to the local communities where their products were made. Ever since I read the book "Start Something That Matters" by Blake Mycoskie, the founder of Toms Shoes, I have been looking for a way to get involved in social entrepreneurship. Some of the companies that I started donated 10-20% of profits to charities, but I want to go further in my future endeavors. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with a team to start an initiative that will have a tangible impact on the global food and clean water supply.

Thomas Armstrong

Business Administration Major, Concentrating in Entrepreneurship

I started my first company when I was 12 years old - an iPhone application that a friend and I worked on for two years and then published to the App Store. Since then, I have started and managed several companies, mostly in the digital marketing and website hosting spaces. I now run SnapFire Studios, a digital marketing consulting company specializing in video production and photography. I am very passionate about social entrepreneurship - from a young age I would always watch NBC’s Shark Tank TV show, and the businesses that interested me most were those who gave back to the local communities where their products were made. Ever since I read the book "Start Something That Matters" by Blake Mycoskie, the founder of Toms Shoes, I have been looking for a way to get involved in social entrepreneurship. Some of the companies that I started donated 10-20% of profits to charities, but I want to go further in my future endeavors. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with a team to start an initiative that will have a tangible impact on the global food and clean water supply.

  Emmerson Barnhill    Sustainable Materials & Technology, Minor in Industrial Engineering   I am from Greenville, North Carolina. My motivation for becoming a Social Innovation Fellow is driven by my passion for sustainability. I hope to apply the tools that I acquire from my coursework and developmental programs to the emerging field of Social Enterprise. Though my major does include a couple of introductory business classes, I hope to obtain more knowledge on how businesses operate through SIF. A large portion of my time outside of the classroom is spent training and traveling to meets, as I am on the Swimming and Diving team here at State. I am looking forward to being apart of Social Innovation Fellows throughout the next year!

Emmerson Barnhill

Sustainable Materials & Technology, Minor in Industrial Engineering

I am from Greenville, North Carolina. My motivation for becoming a Social Innovation Fellow is driven by my passion for sustainability. I hope to apply the tools that I acquire from my coursework and developmental programs to the emerging field of Social Enterprise. Though my major does include a couple of introductory business classes, I hope to obtain more knowledge on how businesses operate through SIF. A large portion of my time outside of the classroom is spent training and traveling to meets, as I am on the Swimming and Diving team here at State. I am looking forward to being apart of Social Innovation Fellows throughout the next year!