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When Passion Meets Perseverance

Innovo Scholar excited to work with entrepreneurs, mentors and professionals this summer.

Radijah Hudson will spend the summer of 2014 at Packard Place in Queen City Forward's Impact U program which will incubate her business idea. Photo: Stephen Graddick.

Radijah Hudson will spend the summer of 2014 at Packard Place in Queen City Forward’s Impact U program which will incubate her business idea. Photo: Stephen Graddick.

To merely describe her as hardworking and ambitious is to understate the talent and electricity of Johnson C. Smith University student and Innovo Scholar, Radijah Hudson. The dynamic mathematics and dance double major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana will spend her summer in a 10 week, Queen City Forward internship program giving her access to qualified entrepreneurs, mentors and business professionals.

Radijah was first introduced to Innovo Laboratory several months ago while searching for an on-campus support structure that would guide her entrepreneurial aspirations, by helping her explore innovative ways to financially support herself using dance. She recalls looking for something greater and more fulfilling than what the status quo had to offer.

Her decision to become an Innovo Scholar not only linked Radijah to like minded peers, but it also connected her to ImpactU; a Queen City Forward accelerator program for college-aged entrepreneurs, located in the hub of uptown Charlotte at Packard Place.

“I didn’t get in at first” said Radijah, whose faith never wavered despite the disappointment. Just a few weeks later, she was informed by Innovo Laboratory Director, Ron Stodghill that the ImpactU team had extended an offer to her. She was overcome with immense joy.

Radijah Hudson will spend the summer of 2014 at Packard Place in Queen City Forward's Impact U program which will incubate her business idea. Photo: Stephen Graddick.

JCSU student and Innovo Scholar Radijah Hudson will be part of Queen City Forward’s Impact U program at Packard Place. Photo: Stephen Graddick.

A culturally involved student, Hudson has been a member of several dance organizations at JCSU and founded her own; Dancers of Phenomenal Expression (D.O.P.E), an organization that contributes to the vibrant dance scene of JCSU. Her goal is to build D.O.P.E through the ImpactU program and to register it as an LLC.

Representing JCSU alongside Radijah is 2014 graduate Geoffrey Griffin, who is also an alumnus of the Innovo Laboratory program. Griffin will be developing a young adult and student based financial management application called Young Success.

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