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Mentored the Winners of Inaugural Tibetan Innovation Challenge

NEW YORK CITY, July 11, 2015 —Five students from Texas Tech University were awarded first place and $5,000 at the inaugural Tibetan Innovation Challenge during an award ceremony with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Tibet House US in New York City on Saturday morning. The Challenge is a new intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan competition, organized by the University of Rochester and created to improve the lives of 125,000 Tibetan refugees through self-sustaining and replicable business ideas.

The Texas Tech students won for their business idea PATA, an online point-of-sales system that allows Tibetan handicraft producers to target western consumers.

Pictured from left to right: Stephanie DeLeon, 23, Lubbock, Texas; Benjamin Jarvis, 23, McKinney, Texas; Caleb Fisher, 23, Wichita Falls, Texas, all of Texas Tech University; Leen Borno, team mentor; Michael Wohl, associate director of social entrepreneurship, University of Rochester; and the Dalai Lama.Texas Tech team members not pictured: Tailor Brown, 22, Carlsbad, N.M. and Saba Nafees, 23, Fort Worth, Texas.

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