Erica Morrison

Company: WaxPax Solutions

Location: Syracuse, NY

Company/organization description

WaxPax Solutions was created to provide a biodegradable alternative to other forms of packaging that also reduces the amount of food waste due to spoilage. One of the founders has family ties to the Navajo Nation, a Native American reservation in New Mexico that has used wax to preserve food for generations. By simply marrying the age-old innovation with modern technology, this business is on the path to solve one of the world’s most difficult problems: food security.

Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished?

The business placed first in the Blackstone Launchpad Hult Prize hosted by Syracuse University. Our company was one of over 300,000 global entrants to be selected to compete at the 2021 Hult Prize Impact Summits as a Regional Finalist. With resources invested into our business by Syracuse University, we will be competing for the USD $1 million prize to expand our business beyond the United States. WaxPax Solutions is in the process of patenting two products and our biodegradable formula.

What type of entrepreneur are you?

Social Good - social enterprise or nonprofit focus

Student entrepreneur?

Yes

What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?

CT Student Innovation Expo, Torrington Public Schools, Torrington High School, Whittmann Battenfeld, Torrington Mayor's Committee on Youth, Women & Girls Fund of the Northwest CT Community Foundation and Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. (RHoKJr), Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce

Nominator Justification

Erica has created a start up company to address food insecurity and environmental concerns with her team at Syracuse University. She entered the Hult business international competition and won , a qualifier for the international 1million dollar competition. Erica showed exceptional promise as a student in my high school classes and in the science club where we entered similar competitions she lead our teams in our science competitions three years in a row.

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