(Denver, Colo.) – January 24, 2017 – We are pleased to announce the recipient of our first annual $5000 Closetbox Entrepreneur Scholarship. Josh Doering from Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) was selected not just for his entrepreneurial spirit, but also his ability to get his ideas off the ground, while staying focused on his education. Josh started a company called Seed Slide, which is a remote-triggered arm specifically designed to keep his grandfather from climbing onto tractors every day on the farm. What is great about Josh is that he had an idea to help his family farm and family safety. He had the vision to get it all done. He executed it. It works. The company has been cash positive the whole way. All while staying in school and having a 3.95 GPA.
What we love as a business is that he has kept the idea simple and pure. He didn't try to build a company to solve every farm problem. He just solved the one in front of him and stayed focused. All too often in our world, you aren't doing anything if you aren't changing the world or doing the biggest thing imaginable. It can be defeating. Josh wasn't distracted by all the ways that technology could help his family farm operations. Seed Slide is a thing of beauty in its simplicity. Bravo.
We are very excited to be able to help someone as deserving as Josh in his academic pursuits, as well as getting to watch him realize his business potential in the years to come. He is now part of the Closetbox family, and we could not be more proud to know Josh and to help him on his way.
We started this scholarship as a means of encouragement to keep young entrepreneurs in school through the end. It has become part of startup culture to despise the college education and a badge of honor for those who choose to leave early or never attend. The benefits of a complete education are hard to measure, and we applaud Josh for staying through the end, despite having so much promise in front of him.
Our deepest congrats to Josh.