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For Immediate Release
Missouri S&T Students Aspire to Launch the Next Great Business Startup
Samuel Hardy and Eddie Hudson IV Start New eCommerce Services Platform
ROLLA, Mo., February 6, 2017 – Samuel Hardy and Eddie Hudson IV, both students at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), hope to create the next great business startup. They officially launched Victory Pieces LLC after participating in the Missouri S&T Entrepreneurial Internship and Cooperative Education Program (EICP), which is operated by Missouri S&T’s Office to Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED).
“Growing up I saw both of my parents working a lot at their jobs and they didn’t have a lot of free time. I just thought that if I’m going to work that hard I really want it to be for myself,” says Hudson, a senior in engineering management.
Their venture is a service that partners with local and regional independent retailers to provide consumers with same-day delivery of online purchases and helps small independent retail store owners compete with the likes of Amazon and other large national e-commerce players. “We were initially focused on using 3D printing to allow people to satisfy their need for instant gratification but realized that the technology was a long way off from our vision,” says Hudson. “We thought the next best thing would be same-day delivery for online purchases.” The duo launched the website for their business venture, www.VictoryPieces.com, in January 2017. “My dream is for Victory Pieces to go national and global. I want it to become a household name,” says Hardy, also a senior in engineering management. While the service is currently available only in the Saint Louis, Missouri area, the pair hope to rapidly expand to other primary and secondary metropolitan locations and eventually reach more rural areas as well.
“I’m quite impressed with these two young men,” says Malcolm Townes, associate director for technology transfer and economic development at Missouri S&T and manager of the EICP. “Sam and Eddie both have the coachability, emotional intelligence, and personal drive that is necessary to be successful as entrepreneurs.”