Making the World a Better Place, One Technology at a Time
Major: Business Administration
Class of 2017
â€śI want to work on startups on the cutting edge of technology, changing the world, one piece of tech at a time.â€ť
A 2017 graduate of County College of Morris (CCM), George Garcia III, of Randolph, is convinced that the good use of technology can make the world a better place. Thatâ€™s why he and two other students developed the community-engagement app Wheatpaste, which they have been awarded $50,000 to bring to market.
â€śWe see division in our communities today due in part to the political climate, but it had been growing long before that,â€ť says Garcia. â€śWith this app, we hope to make the community and small local businesses stronger.â€ť
That vision blends with his background of supporting businesses on the local level, including serving as a member of the Randolph Economic Development Committee. To assist in that area, he put together a video with CCM President Anthony J. Iacono on the benefits the college reaps by being located in Randolph.
For his success at such a young age, Garcia â€“ at age 22 â€“ was named a young professional to watch by NJBIZ, earning a spot on its 2018 list of 40 Under 40 Award winners.
Regarding Wheatpaste, Garcia notes that in the past, people gathered at corner stores to socialize.
â€śNow people are hiding behind their computers,â€ť he says. â€śThe goal of Wheatpaste is to bring everyone together again. This is a social media app that gets people out of their houses.â€ť
The app won the $50,000 first prize in the BulbHead Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs annual contest at Montclair State University. Those funds will help launch the app in six New Jersey pilot towns â€“ Randolph, Denville, Morristown, Montclair, Hoboken and Jersey City.
Prior to enrolling at CCM, Garcia attended High Point University in North Carolina. â€śI thought that I really wanted to start out away from home,â€ť he says. But he decided to come back to New Jersey â€śbecause I wanted to be back in the Northeast, back in a fast-paced environment with opportunities around every corner.â€ť
He notes that CCM was an especially good choice and that the education he received provided him with the knowledge he needed to start his own business.
â€śWhen I started Wheatpaste, that education provided a core understanding of marketing, economics and international business. It gave me a strong entrepreneurial foundation,â€ť he says.
Regarding the app, he adds, â€śWheatpaste was an idea that was hatched out of a need for stronger communities. We are envisioning Wheatpaste as the glue that holds your community together and that is what guides us in every decision that we make.â€ť
After earning his Associate in Science in Business Administration from CCM, he enrolled at Montclair State University. His plan is to utilize technology to make an impact on the world.
â€śI want to work on startups on the cutting edge of technology, changing the world, one piece of tech at a time,â€ť he says. â€śMy goal is to continue work that helps people, small businesses and the world as a whole. I want to create one of the good tech companies.â€ť