In Malawi, Africa, for every 100,000 live babies born, 1,200 women will die. This is a pretty sad statistic, and a group of four Arizona State University engineering students, led by the team of Gabrielle Palmermo, James Tyler, John Walters and Susanna Young, set out to do something about it. They formed G3Box (which stands for Generating Global Good) aimed at solving the problem of inadequate medical facilities in rural areas by converting freight shipping containers into medical clinics.
Though the company is only about a year old, the team has received some notable recognition as winner of Entrepreneur magazine College Entrepreneur of the Year, 2nd plan in Inc. magazine’s America’s coolest College Start-Ups 2012 and an ASU Edson competition winner.
I got a chance to sit down with the junior biomedical engineering student, Gabrielle Palermo, to talk about the startup venture as they look to make the world a better place while still balancing an academic schedule. The interview took place at ASU Venture Catalyst at ASU Skysong during Techiepalooza a day long event that brought together hundreds of tech entrepreneurs and enthusiast from the region.