Columbia startup weekend motivates a young entrepreneur

4 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, March 04 2015 Mar 4, 2015 Wednesday, March 04, 2015 4:36:00 PM CST March 04, 2015 in News
By: Kimaya Davis, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Maghan Morin is only 24 years old, but she's already got more business experience than some people twice her age.

The MU graduate recently launched her second business, 'Shoeicide", just last week.

Morin credits her business savvy to attending Columbia's fourth annual Startup Weekend last fall, which featured teams of aspiring entrepreneurs who work together to build a startup business to pitch to a panel of judges and community members.

Morin said Shoeicide is an online store where women of all ages can access and purchase shoes of types at an affordable price. 

She said she created the store because of the lack of economical shoe stores in Columbia and her desire to help the community in which she lives in. 

"So I thought, 'well why not start purchasing shoes and selling them?' Because I could definitely fill that need of college students wanting to get affordable shoes and they'll be able to access it," Morin said. 

She said the online store is not just targeted to college students but is designed to suit any lifestyle. 

"Whatever their needs are, wherever they work, if they wear heels to work, if they want a three inch heel, I'll bring those styles in for them because I want to meet that need of the consumer," Morin said. 

Startup Weekend lead organizer, Heidi Fuhrman said attending events like these help participants build relationships and learn resources in their community. 

Fuhrman said it's common for Startup Weekend participants to venture out from their initial business initiative and do their own thing.

"So you will see often times that people will pivot, have different types of ideas. Most new businesses fail so you want to have people around you that can give you great feedback and critiques and hopefully come up with a better product and business as a result of that," Fuhrman said. 

Morin said her new business will be beneficial to the Columbia community because it will give women of all ages access to affordable shoes and open up job opportunities for college students. 

"Columbia really needs this. It's something that will help the community with jobs, with college students coming in and out they'll be able to have jobs if it eventually becomes a store," Morin said. 

Morin said her shoes will be featured in downtown stores within the next month and she plans on opening her own shoe store in Columbia in the future. 

 

More News

Grid
List
MOBERLY - A day shy of his 95th birthday, a World War II veteran had the early birthday surprise of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 3:12:00 PM CDT May 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Some Missouri lawmakers say they haven't given up on a bipartisan bill designed to change Missouri’s criminal... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 3:00:00 PM CDT May 17, 2019 in News
VERSAILLES - Graduation at Morgan County R-II High School is Saturday, but not all of the senior class will be... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 1:39:00 PM CDT May 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Blind Boone Home (10 N Fourth Street) will commemorate John William "Blind" Boone's 155th birthday on Saturday,... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 12:39:00 PM CDT May 17, 2019 in News
IONA - The Benton County Sheriff's Office arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing an Iona woman. Around... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 12:10:00 PM CDT May 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation limiting the number of young children at in-home child-care providers.... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 10:33:00 AM CDT May 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- Two MU students held a practice barista competition today at the Memorial Union location on the campus. The practice... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 7:30:00 PM CDT May 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In order to prevent the use of eminent domain to build the Grain Belt Express transmission line,... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:11:00 PM CDT May 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A section in House Bill 126 , which would ban abortions after eight weeks, provides an incentive... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:49:00 PM CDT May 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An affidavit filed in a drug trafficking case is providing new details on the 2017 death of Augustus... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:38:00 PM CDT May 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A crash on I-70 has left one man in critical condition and two with minor injuries. William... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:01:00 PM CDT May 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A bill that would make it easier for police to issue alerts for child abductions in Missouri... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 3:33:00 PM CDT May 16, 2019 in News
BOONVILLE - While multiple parents say a student took Xanax to Boonville High School Tuesday and gave the drugs to... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 3:28:00 PM CDT May 16, 2019 in News
BOONVILLE - The Cooper County Prosecuting Attorney has charged Derrick Young of Marshall, MO with the shooting of two individuals... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:47:00 PM CDT May 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate passed a version of a "heartbeat" abortion bill early Thursday morning. The bill... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:58:00 AM CDT May 16, 2019 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's Republican-led Senate passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. Senators... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:45:00 AM CDT May 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's Republican-led Legislature approves a ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. The house voted... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, May 15 2019 May 15, 2019 Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:00:00 PM CDT May 15, 2019 in News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama's Republican governor signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation Wednesday, making performing an abortion... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, May 15 2019 May 15, 2019 Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:33:29 PM CDT May 15, 2019 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 52°
8am 50°
9am 52°
10am 55°
11am 58°