SSU grads vie for GLOBIE Award
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CropMobster.com, co-founded by Sonoma State University graduates Nick Papadopoulos and Joanna Cedar, were selected to compete among 50 finalist companies from throughout California vying for a GLOBIE award as the 2013 Most Innovative New Product in non-metro California.

The Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge is the only statewide "Most Innovative Product" competition focused principally on California businesses located outside of San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and San Diego. A GLOBIE Award will be presented in each of five industry categories, including food and agriculture, web and information technology, clean-tech, manufacturing, and healthcare.

CropMobster harnesses the power of social media and crowdsourcing to create business success for food and agriculture companies while delivering hunger relief for those in need. 

“At Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics, we teach our students that entrepreneurship is the result of innovation plus value. CropMobster exemplifies this equation,” said William Silver, Dean of SSU's School of Business and Economics. “Nick, Joanna and other members of the founding team are entrepreneurs and visionaries who saw opportunity in two intractable problems, food waste and hunger.”

According to Innovate North State Managing Director Jon Gregory, who serves as the Executive Producer of the event, “the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge represents a once-a-year hotbed of the best innovation occurring in emerging markets of California.

“We were impressed with CropMobster's game-changing innovation and are honored to have the company compete as one of the finalists based on their solution to leverage e-commerce, social media and crowdsourcing to address food waste and hunger while supporting local agricultural producers and food businesses at the same time.”

Co-found and CEO Papadopoulos said, “We are honored to have been selected for the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge and are thankful for the encouragement and support provided by local county leaders and the faculty of Sonoma State. The coaching, advice and support we have received is a major help as we strive to develop CropMobster into a national service to benefit local communities and agricultural economies.”

Presented by Innovate North State, the Innovation Challenge was held Thursday, June 27, at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's prestigious "Big Room" auditorium in Chico.

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