Parker Van Hart didn’t go to his friend and Grooveshark founder Josh Greenberg’s memorial service.
Instead, Van Hart, 48, served people in South Africa with curry and business smarts. When Van Hart heard about his friend’s death, he cooked the curry he used to make at the now-defunct Tasty Buddha, a local favorite of Greenberg’s.
“I made curry in his honor,” he said.
For the majority of the six-week study-abroad course, called Entrepreneurship & Empowerment in South Africa, Van Hart used what he learned as a UF entrepreneurship master’s student. He served as a consultant to South African entrepreneurs, along with other students from UF, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State University, University of Colorado and the University of the Western Cape.
They worked with underprivileged and underserved businesses from June 7 until this past Saturday. Students like Van Hart created marketing plans, developed systems for maintaining financial records and established an online presence.
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