We will be highlighting our student entrepreneurs who are members of the Accelerator program. The Accelerator is for any Belmont undergraduate student who is launching or running a business. This program is for students who are dedicated to learning and growing a business. Membership includes dedicated office space, consistent time with our Entrepreneur in Residence Shawn Glinter, and resources and opportunities to take your business to the next level!
Madison Barefield is a junior Social Entrepreneurship major from Johns Creek, GA. Together with Anna Halaburt she runs Nomad Coffee Company.
What does your business do?
We are a public benefit corporation that sells ethically sourced coffee and gives a portion of our profits to organizations fighting human trafficking.
How long have you been working on this business?
Since March 2016
Did you always know you wanted to start a business? If not, when did you realize it?
I have had this dream since freshmen year (2014) but never actually thought it would come to fruition. After taking business classes and talking to some encouraging entrepreneurs, I started to believe that this was something I could do.
Where do you hope your business will be at the end of the year in The Accelerator?
We have many goals but two of our main ones are being able to do regular pop-up events and grow our social media presence.
Favorite class ever?
Faith and Pop Culture, Faith and Justice and Human Diversity (I couldn’t pick just one)
Did you have any crazy business ideas as a kid?
I wanted to be Brittany Spears, does that count?
Who is your biggest inspiration in business?
Nisolo. I love Nisolo. The best shoes you will ever buy.
In the same market as Nomad, Crema is a huge inspiration. The way they treat and interact with their farmers as well as roast coffee in-house is amazing. And their coffee is consistently AMAZING.
What business or product do you wish had been your idea?
Nisolo or Everlane for sure.
Advice for other student entrepreneurs?
You don’t have to have everything figured out. I don’t at all. If you are passionate and eager to learn that is all that matters.
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