Capstone – Project
Pond Scum to Pond Yum: Better Food Ingredients from Algae
A Collaboration Between
HOST VENUE ADDRESS
- Space455, 455 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731
- Background/interest in agriculture
- Love of food
- Background in logistics / shipping
- Background in scientific communication is a plus
- Experience in creating dynamic spreadsheets, presentations
- Students will know how to build a supply chain and logistics analysis
- Students will understand international logistics transport, tariffs and shipping timing
- Students will build cost assessment models to determine best choice
- Students will create marketing content around sustainable supply chains
- Students will understand impact assessment metrics and develop tools for accounting for carbon emissions from the supply chain
- Students will analyze the market to determine potential partners for Spira's ingredients
Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain
Experiential Learning Program Details
|School||University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business|
|Engagement Format||Capstone - Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in small groups of 2-6 directly with faculty and host company project champions on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.|
|Meeting Day & Time||N/A|
|Student Time Commitment||1-3 Hours Per Week|
|Company Time Commitment||3-5 Hours|
|Touchpoints & Assignments||Due Date||Type|
Key Project Milestones
October 14, 2019 - Analysis of Spira's Business Model + Logistics
- What does Spira sell and why?
- Who are the current Spira customers?
- Who are Spira’s current farming partners/suppliers?
- How does spirulina get from the farm to Spira?
- How does Spira process the spirulina?
- How does Spira ship out ingredients to customers?
- What are the fixed and variable costs of this business model?
- Create a process diagram.
- Brainstorm potential supply chain issues and additional nodes in the process diagram.
- Deep dive on specific supply chain use-case.
Suggested Deliverable:Create a process diagram to demonstrate understanding of the supply chain. Write an FAQ to share with company personnel to ask about any potential problems regarding the supply chain.
October 14, 2019 -
October 15, 2019 - Supply Chain Interviews + Deep Dive on Assumptions
- Students will learn how to conduct customer interviews
- Farming supplier interviews
- Logistics provider interviews
- Import authority interviews
- Students will distill the information from the interviews into a list of variables + assumptions
Notes from interview questions and answers from primary interviews distilled into a list of variables + assumptions
October 15, 2019 -
October 16, 2019 - Cost + Carbon Supply Chain Model
- Conduct any additional interviews throughout the day
- How do you best quantify carbon emissions?
- How do you estimate carbon capture?
- What are the variables and assumptions in carbon emissions?
- Students will develop a preliminary spreadsheet of expected unit economic costs
- Students will develop a preliminary spreadsheet of expected carbon emissions
A preliminary supply chain model based on cost estimates and carbon estimates
October 16, 2019 -
October 17, 2019 - Marketing a Sustainable Supply Chain
- What stories does Spira want to tell about their supply chain?
- What are the most important risk factors in the Spira supply chain?
- How might we improve on the supply chain over time?
A deck detailing the supply chain, marketing stories, risk factors, and steps to take moving forward. Note: *slides from this deck may be used in investor, customer and partner presentations*
October 17, 2019 -
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