Committed to helping entrepreneurs locally, nationally and globally, SEED SPOT National Director of Expansion, C’pher Gresham was one of 125 individuals awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award by Winrock International and the Corporation for National & Community Service.
Established in 2003, the award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups, and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.
Gresham contributed 100+ hours of volunteer service with King’s College through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Working directly with the leading entrepreneurship organizations in Nepal, Gresham developed and trained King’s College staff on a unique business incubation program for students and working professionals.
“Kings College embraces entrepreneurship education and incubation for economic development. The program’s mission is to create a formalized program to support local entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas to have access to a robust curriculum, collaboration with small and growing businesses, mentorship, and access to growth capital. C’pher helped guide the foundation of our program and support the growing ecosystem in Nepal,” said Nanda Mandal, director of King’s College Entrepreneurship Program.
SEED SPOT is committed to global empowerment of entrepreneurs that are solving important societal problems.
“Working directly with diverse cultures and across vast geographies enables SEED SPOT to further expand our impact outside of the US and impact more lives. In addition, we bring back inspiration, stories, and best practices to share with entrepreneurs in the USA looking to expand globally,” Gresham explains.
SEED SPOT and Gresham continue to support King’s College through mentorship of educators and of ventures within the incubator in Nepal. Biplove Singh, Associate Director of King’s College, visited SEED SPOT this past spring to further develop a deep and lasting connection between organizations committed to supporting early-stage entrepreneurs.
The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in the United States. The Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering.