Fifth- year student Drew D’Agostino spent his co-op last year in Cameroon working for Jola Venture Inc., a social enterprise founded at Northeastern that helps farmers be more productive and profitable though low-cost technologies and education. He performed market research about African farmers’ businesses and the benefits of food preservation. His co-op also focused on helping to launch Solpod, a solar-powered food dehydrator developed by Northeastern engineering students as a capstone project.
Through his experiential-learning opportunity, D’Agostino said he realized the food preservation problems for farmers make for volatile food markets. He noted that this lesson also provided a greater overall perspective on global business.
“Different markets have very different problems, and you can discover new businesses and opportunities by getting out of your comfort zone,” he said. “When you spend your whole life in the same market, or the same country, you are only aware of the problems right in front of you.”