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Clarkson University Business Class Donates Profits to West African Charity

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The Clarkson University School of Business "Designing Innovative Ventures" class (SB322) has donated 100 percent of the profit generated from a class assignment to a charity run by Clarkson civil engineering junior Francis O. Dayamba.

The $671 donated to the D'Amuge Fund (pronounced dee-ah-MOO-gay) will benefit the primary school children in the village of Avossa in Benin, a country in West Africa. sb322-damuge

"I am so proud of this class," said instructor Thomas M. DeRosa. "They could have decided to have a party, keep the money, or spend it frivolously, but instead they voted unanimously to help those less fortunate. What began as an exercise in creative entrepreneurial thinking, culminated in a positive social entrepreneurial impact."

For more information about the D'Amuge Fund, visit it on Facebook.

Photo caption: Students from Clarkson University's "Designing Innovative Ventures" class donated 100 percent of their proceeds to the D'Amuge Fund, which funds primary education in Benin, West Africa. Left to right: senior Brian A. Osha, senior Alyssa R. Cornellson, junior Francis O. Dayamba of the D'Amuge Fund, junior Zemery J. Woodruff, junior Abdul Tubman, instructor Tom DeRosa, and junior Anthony M. Adamczyk. Absent from the photo, but instrumental in introducing D'Amuge to the class, were junior Cindy S. Henry and senior Jonathan C. Mitchell.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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