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New Sewanee Grad Honored in Business Startup Competition

Hannah Gallagher, C’16, was named a finalist in the Social Enterprise Category of the LaunchTN Statewide University Venture Challenge in May for her startup ZABI, an online pharmaceutical distribution company.

Gallagher, a French and economics double major and business minor, launched ZABI while still a student at Sewanee.

The University Venture Challenge, sponsored by LaunchTN, drew 38 nominees from Universities across the state, including students from business schools at the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University. In order to participate in the challenge, students had to have competed and won business plan competitions at their respective schools.

LaunchTN is an economic development agency that supports a network of entrepreneur centers across the state. The University Venture Challenge was designed to help students engage with the established entrepreneurial community across Tennessee.

Gallagher has teamed up with a pharmacist to provide a convenient birth control delivery service to women in the state of Tennessee. 10% of ZABI’s earnings from convenience fees go to nonprofits that support women’s empowerment around the world.

Gallagher credited the Babson Center for much of her success in the competition.

“I’m really thankful for the ways the Babson Center has supported me through every phase of business development, from ideation to launch,” says Gallagher.

Hannah took full advantage of the Babson Center’s co-curricular offerings while she was a student at Sewanee: she attended an Entrepreneur Workshop in May of 2014, won the Sewanee Entrepreneurial Challenge in November of 2014, attended the Sullivan Foundation Ignite Retreat for Social Entrepreneurship in March of 2015, and participated in Sewanee’s Social Entrepreneurship Education Program and an accelerator for women entrepreneurs through Leadership ExCHANGE in Raleigh during the summer of 2015.