Fall 2006 alumna, Hanna Koch recently launched a new business venture called Philanshopit, an online storefront committed to selling products from partners who “have a clear social impact statement in their mission.” This socially responsible idea was initially thought up by Hanna's co-founder, Aubrey Cox, during their time at College of Charleston. After graduation, Aubrey pursued a career in international development, knowing that one day she would eventually bring the idea of Philanshopit to life. Aubrey shared her vision with Hanna a few months ago and it took off from there. With Hanna's background in communications and Aubrey's in business, it was a perfect match.

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The two joined forces to create a business plan and bring to fruition what is now Philanshopit. The site launched only 3 months later in November and they have new sustainable and philanthropic partners joining Philanshopit everyday. Hanna attributes The Island School to helping cultivate her interest in environmental issues and international development that led to this project. You can read more about their story here. If you are looking to knock some friends or family off your Christmas shopping list, Philanshopit is a great place to start.

Congratulations, Hanna on the launch and good luck in the future!