Missouri Student Wins Entrepreneur Award For Online Marketplace

Farmplicity's Jolijt Tamanaha and Drew Koch accept one of the People's Choice awards at the St. Louis Startup Connection. | Photo courtesy of Farmplicity
Farmplicity's Jolijt Tamanaha and Drew Koch accept a People's Choice award at the St. Louis Startup Connection. | Photo courtesy of Farmplicity

A student at Washington University in St. Louis is a finalist in the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year competition for the online marketplace she developed that connects local produce farmers with restaurant operators. The other finalist for the award run by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a Brigham Young University student whoseFiberFix claims to be a repair wrap that’s 100 times stronger than duct tape.

Jolijt Tamanaha’s Farmplicity site serves 70 chefs and 80 farmers in the St. Louis area, and she hopes to expand nationwide. The idea, say Farmplicity’s founders, is to take the hassle out of sales, leaving farmers more time do what they do best — grow and produce food. They got the idea after watching a documentary in which the agriculture department said small-scale growers are challenged by the costs and time associated with marketing and outreach.

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