Jesuit Alliance honors innovation

December 18, 2018

Students from Regis University’s Anderson College of Business won the national Jesuit Entrepreneurship Alliance competition at the end of November. Bri Linehan, Haili Theriac and John Tosches developed an app that helps people diminish loneliness and get to know their neighbors by collaborating on home improvement projects. 
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) formed the Jesuit Entrepreneurship Alliance competition last year. The competition fosters collaboration and connects student ideas from all 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education across the United States.  

The free app — called Community Hub — came about as part of the Entrepreneurial Innovation graduate course at Regis. The app connects people looking for home improvement help with those looking to build their community and connect with others. Users sign up and indicate their location, availability and the skill sets they possess. Innovation Center Director Ken Sagendorf taught the course and encouraged students to submit their project to the AJCU competition.  

“Our students are developing amazing new ways to apply business principles that solve real problems and improve our communities,” Sagendorf said. “It is gratifying for Regis’ Anderson College of Business students to be recognized among the top business schools in the country such as Georgetown, Xavier and Fordham.” 
As part of this competition, all AJCU campuses will implement the Regis team’s winning concept in their communities. 

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit