4/18/2022 Alicia Morrissey

Propelling the Inventive Spirit

Like its iconic namesake Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin & Marshall College campus is full of students with inventive ideas and an unmatched drive to chase them. And while kites and keys aren’t necessarily in their toolkit, they do have F&M Incubator, a program that provides opportunities for students to bring their creative solutions to life.

As part of F&M Incubator, recent graduate Justin Kupa ’21, senior Saad Mahboob and junior Ojima Abraham teamed up to create Dibs, an app that encourages people to donate unwanted yet reusable items to others within the community. 

Writing for F&M’s student newspaper, The College Reporter, sophomore Olivia Schmid dove into Dibs and the three business partners’ experience launching this start-up business. Schmid is a business, organizations and society and English (creative writing) double major at F&M. 

Read her story, “Calling Dibs: A Feature on Three Students and Their Sustainable Start-Up.” 

  • Justin Kupa '21 Justin Kupa '21 Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Saad Mahboob ’22 Saad Mahboob ’22 Image Credit: Saad Mahboob ’22
  • Ojima Abraham in Hawaii, where he traveled with Assistant Professor of Physics Ryan Trainor for his research related to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), recently launched into space, and Hawaii’s W. M. Keck Observatory. Ojima Abraham in Hawaii, where he traveled with Assistant Professor of Physics Ryan Trainor for his research related to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), recently launched into space, and Hawaii’s W. M. Keck Observatory. Image Credit: Ojima Abraham
  • Logo of DIBS, an app created by recent graduate Justin Kupa ’21, senior Saad Mahboob and junior Ojima Abraham. Logo of DIBS, an app created by recent graduate Justin Kupa ’21, senior Saad Mahboob and junior Ojima Abraham. Image Credit: DIBS

F&M’s Incubator Serves as a Launching Pad

Learn more about F&M's Incubator, a launching pad for students who have ideas for creative solutions they want to make real. This program is managed in partnership between the Creativity, Innovation, & the Future of Work and Entrepreneurship @ F&M initiatives. 

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