18-year-old female entrepreneur wins $5000 grant to fund startup helping children with diabetes

MINNEAPOLIS -- Meghan Sharkus may only be 18 years old, but she has already founded ExpressionMed, a company that aims to help children with diabetes have a more positive experience in dealing with the disease. The startup allows children to express themselves through their medical devices.

Recently, the Wisconsin native entered her company in a contest called The Bizzy Project  - nationwide search for big ideas on businesses with a conscience. The Bizzy Project contest is by coffee startup Bizzy Coffee - a Minneapolis-based coffee company, which offer a $5000 grant and mentorship to the winning team.

The contest attracted entries from around the country, which were then narrowed down to 4 semifinalists. Aside from ExpressionMed, the 3 other equally impressive semifinalists were:

  •  “Civilian Santas” by Dan Batcha and Frannie Fradette, aimed to bring Christmas to struggling veteran families.
  •  “Ground Up PDX” by Julie Sullivan and Carolyn Cesario, is a Portland-based social enterprise that helps local women transition out of homelessness through employment in nut butter production and sales.
  •  “Rethread” by Arnav Joshi and Sibi Murugesan - transforms out–of-style, unworn attire into personalized high-end fashion, while also addressing textile waste.

Launched in April, the contest ended last July 5 with ExpressionMed by Meghan Sharkus emerging as the winner, as decided from thousands of voters from all over the country.

According to Bizzy Coffee co-founders Alex French and Andrew Healy, The Bizzy Project is their way of giving back while championing causes that have a big impact to society.

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