Three recent graduates of Reese News Lab are winners of the Jason Norris Award in Entrepreneurship, a $5,000 award that will support their entrepreneurial venture, Legal Stats.
Jonathan Gaegler, Madeline Hurley and Madison Mundy dreamed up the idea for Legal Stats as Reese News Lab interns during the summer of 2014, working with a fourth intern, Macon Gambill.
Legal Stats is a statistical tool for people who have received speeding tickets. It aggregates over 13 million cases from the North Carolina court system to come up with an expected case outcome that is personalized for each user.
The Legal Stats team is focused on providing reports relating to traffic tickets in North Carolina but hopes to expand into other types of offenses and additional states.
The Jason Paul Norris Fund for Excellence in Entrepreneurial Studies was founded in 2009 by alumnus Jason Norris. Students applying for the award must be in the Minor in Entrepreneurship, have a stated interest in launching their own ventures, whether while enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill or following their graduation. Recipients can use their award for research, travel, and internship opportunities as well as start-up funding.
Mundy earned a minor in entrepreneurship during her studies at UNC.
“It’s amazing to be a part of the supportive entrepreneurship minor community at UNC, and to be a direct recipient of that support is an honor,” Madison Mundy said. “The JNO Award will help us reach and help more people.”
“I’m thrilled for this team and everything they’ve accomplished in the past year,” said Reese News Lab Executive Director John Clark. “They started last summer with a challenge to make working with public records more financially sustainable, and they really delivered.”
A second winning team, CommuniGift, aims to change the way people give back by creating an online platform fostering product-based giving. The CommuniGift team includes Thomas Doochin and Taylor Sharp.