ostas Sousoulas, a sophomore in the entrepreneurship and small business management program, believes that people would eat healthier if nutritious food and drinks were more conveniently available—perhaps as quick and accessible as a smoothie from a food truck.
So, he created a business that does just that. His company, Yimello Smoothies, sells pre-packaged gourmet fruit smoothies—in South Beach, Berry Good Breakfast and Strawberry Banana Blast flavors—from a food truck. He is currently developing partnerships with grocery retailers to sell his all-natural products in area stores.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been intrigued with health and food. My family is in the food business and I wanted to make it more convenient and more affordable for people to eat healthy,” said Sousoulas, from Branford, Connecticut. “The product caters to people on the go.”
He’s developed a pretty good business plan—so good, he won the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition held in Norwalk in November. On March 6, he’ll head to Kansas City, Montana, to compete in the GSEA national competition. The winner in Kansas City will be one of 50 student entrepreneurs from around the world who will compete in the global finals in Frankfurt, Germany, in April 2017 for prizes worth about $400,000.
“I feel inspired and humbled to have this opportunity to share my product with the incredible judges of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards and to represent my school and state,” Sousoulas said.