BOSTON — Suffolk University introduced one of the nation’s first experiential courses on crowdfunding in 2016, where students launch campaigns to fund their own start-up companies through Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The course expands on the foundation of knowledge and skills honed throughout the university’s Sawyer Business School curriculum, while fast tracking entrepreneurial activity through startups and the raising of capital.

Abbey Dodge, of Litchfield, a Suffolk junior majoring in entrepreneurship and accounting, founded No Name Snacks, a whole-foods granola bar that is compliant with paleo, vegan and gluten-free diets. The bars also do not contain dairy or eggs, making them a healthy option for those with allergies.

“Growing up, my mom always preached how important it is to eat simple and as organic as possible. When I moved out on my own, this stuck with me. That and a new-found allergy to eggs left me without many options for clean, easy, on-the-go foods. This is how I came up with the idea for No Name Snacks,” Dodge said according to a news release from the university.

Dodge’s Indiegogo campaign surpassed the $2,500 mark in just a few days, but she still has a long way to go. The goal of $6,000 would allow her to complete the remaining steps of forming a legal company, hiring a food scientist, and making the first production run.

A graduate of Oak Hill High School in Wales, she is the daughter of Jennifer and Chadd Hill and Jadine and Chance Dodge, all of Litchfield.

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