Amanda Raposo^‘18BUS^Founder & CEO of Project Playdate

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As the founder of Project Playdate, Amanda has been supporting children in the cultivation of joy, curiosity, and meaningful connection since 2012. After over 13 years as a child care professional and entrepreneur, Amanda has social care down to a science. She is using her passion and expertise to drive the vision behind PAL.

PAL by Project Playdate is a platform that connects parents with shared child care needs to a highly selective network of child care professionals. By allowing families to split the cost of care, PAL achieves higher quality and socially enriching care at a lower price point for parents.

Amanda graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Social Work and holds her MBA from Columbia University. She is highly active in the Columbia community and NYC startup eco-system, mentoring and advising young entrepreneurs starting their own business'. As winner of the 2018 Startup Columbia Challenge, Amanda is honored to be back as a judge and excited to be a part of the 2019 Startup Columbia Festival.