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GiftAMeal CEO and CMO at RECESS St. Louis Regionals

Above: GiftAMeal CEO Andrew Glantz,BSBA’17, and CMO Jacob Mohrmann, BSBA’16, after winning the St. Louis regionals round of the RECESS pitch competition. 

The student startup that has collected several top honors in competitions (including being named a top three student startup at SXSW) is yet again headed to the final round of a national competition.

Olin junior Andrew Glantz, CEO of recently rebranded GiftAMeal (formerly FoodShare), told the Olin blog that the company will head to Los Angeles to compete in the final round of the RECESS pitch competition and Capital Championship on June 8. The startup will compete for a chance at $250,000 after winning the St. Louis regionals round of the RECESS pitch competition.

The company also rebranded in April from FoodShare to GiftAMeal, to better reflect the startup’s buy-one-give-one model.

Olin kudos, Andrew and Jacob!

Award-winning startup co-founded by Andrew Glantz, BSBA’17, FoodShare has a new name: GiftAMeal. Here’s the reason why as explained by the founders on their website:

“We are excited to announce that we are re-branding FoodShare as GiftAMeal.  Over the last few months, FoodShare has grown tremendously.  This growth begs one major question: what’s next?  As our team discussed the future of FoodShare, we realized that we wanted to further embrace our buy-one-give-one model.  Under this guiding vision, we have decided to rebrand as GiftAMeal to more effectively communicate our mission to our users, restaurants, and community.  We look forward to growing GiftAMeal into the future and continuing to make a dent in our nation’s hunger problem.”

Read more WashU Fuse.


If you think you’ve read this story before, you have, sort of…Andrew Glantz, BSBA’17 and his startup company’s app, FoodShare, won the qualifying round of the national RECESS competition last week and advance to the semifinals later this month. If he wins that round, he will compete in the national championship on June 9 in Los Angeles.

Judges included BazaarBoy CEO Eric Hamblett, BSBA’13, Build-A-Bear Founder Maxine Clark, and WashU Investment Management Co. CIO Kim Walker.

Since launching the app a year ago, Glantz has been winning startup competitions from coast to coast. The FoodShare iPhone app helps St. Louis locals discover and recommend restaurants, while transforming restaurants into social enterprises. Every time a user dines at a FoodShare partnered restaurant, FoodShare donates a meal to someone in need through Operation Food Search.

Read more in Student Life on his latest win.

Congrats, Andrew!!

“Honored to announce that FoodShare was just named a Top 3 Student Startup in the USA at South By Southwest in the Student Startup Madness competition!” Andrew Glantz, BSBA’17, sent the news via email March 14 from Austin, Texas, where his company FoodShare was a finalist in a nationwide tournament for college student digital media startups.

Foodshare SXSW1The Student Startup Madness (SSM) competition culminated with the “Entrepreneurial Eight” national finals at South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive.

Link here to learn more about the teams that competed in SSM this year.

Watch Andrew’s Elevator Pitch video for FoodShare.

Related blog post about FoodShare.

Half of the companies selected to join the Capital Innovators’ accelerator Spring 2016 portfolio were founded by Olin entrepreneurs.