This series highlights the ventures and founders participating in the 2019 Impact Accelerator. Leading up to the Venture Showcase, we’re asking each company how their personal values are reflected in their business, and what they would do with $10,000 if they won it at the Venture Showcase this June.

Venture Name: Universal HandTalk™

Members: Carolyn Finch, Creator of Universal HandTalk and Team Leader; Sue Troupe, Events Manager and Grants writer; Barbara Branagan, Public Relations; Michael Sauvageau, Accelerator Alumni Consultant; Don Hulme, Market Research.

Venture Description: Universal HandTalk™ is a simple system of 48 gestures that can be learned in a 4 hour workshop. It is used with teachers, first responders, English Learning Centers, challenged individuals, hospitals and health care centers.

How does this business reflect your personal values?
We have a diverse team with a variety of ideas and high energy level. Members cover all generations of the work force.

If you were to win the $10,000 grand prize at the Venture Showcase, what would you do with it?
We would use the money for printing and marketing of the mini and maxi books on how to learn and teach Universal HandTalk.