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Starfish and Small Wins: UConn Sophomore Launches Brand Focused on Mental Health, Self-Development – UConn Today – Admissions | UConn

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There’s a famous poem about a boy and starfish that helped inspire the name of Allie Davenport’s ’24 (BUS) company, StarMind.

An old man, walking down a beach covered with starfish, sees a young boy gently tossing the small creatures, one by one, back into the sea. The man asks the boy why he persists – there are so many starfish, he can’t possibly save them all, so why even bother?

The boy picks up a starfish and says, “well, it matters to this one,” …….

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There’s a famous poem about a boy and starfish that helped inspire the name of Allie Davenport’s ’24 (BUS) company, StarMind.

An old man, walking down a beach covered with starfish, sees a young boy gently tossing the small creatures, one by one, back into the sea. The man asks the boy why he persists – there are so many starfish, he can’t possibly save them all, so why even bother?

The boy picks up a starfish and says, “well, it matters to this one,” and kindly throws it into the sea.

“That concept of making a difference in other people’s lives is part of what drives my mission,” says Davenport, a sophomore from Litchfield, who started her company through her involvement in the initial cohort of the F3 Experience, an immersive program for first-year women and students from historically minoritized populations offered through UConn’s Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

“Starfish have this unique ability to regenerate limbs when they’re damaged,” she says. “The idea of salvation and growth through hard times is a large part of the ‘small wins’ concept – you can grow through what you go through. To me, success means helping others shift their mindsets to focus on daily, often overlooked, accomplishments and progress.”

“Small wins” feature in a big way in Davenport’s first venture and in StarMind’s initial product, The Guide – an interactive journal that combines daily logs, “morning mindfulness,” activities, and areas for reflection with key psychology concepts and curated online content accessible through QR codes imbedded into an American-made navy leather-bound tome.

“Each QR code is centered around a certain psychological concept,” Davenport explains. “There’s time management, sleep, motivation, growth mindset – ideas that everyone, I think, in this time of pandemics and uncertainty has a personal tie to, in one degree or another.”

“Allie owned the entrepreneurial process over the last year,” says Werth Institute Director David Noble. “She takes coaching from a diverse set of mentors, collaborators, or customers, and prioritizes the next steps. I’m very excited to continue working with StarMind and Allie as she travels on this entrepreneurial journey, progressively growing and looking at new opportunities.”

Davenport – who is currently a student in the School of Business, but is considering a dual major in Cognitive Science – has dedicated her brand to mental health and self-development, because those key psychological concepts so integral to The Guide have played a vital role in her own life.

“When I was a sophomore in high school, I was a multi-sport varsity athlete, physically fit and playing all the time, and then during one soccer game, I started feeling my throat tightening,” she says. “I had never in my life experienced a breathing attack before. It was terrifying.”

Initially, Davenport was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma and given an inhaler.

“It did nothing,” she says. “I was like, ‘I …….

Source: https://today.uconn.edu/2021/11/starfish-and-small-wins-uconn-sophomore-launches-brand-focused-on-mental-health-self-development/