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Student Business ‘PlaguePacks’ Delivers Essentials To Sick Peers

You know that feeling when you’re sick? When you don’t want to leave your bed and any sort of movement feels like a chore? We’ve all been there, and as you’ve probably noticed, when one person on campus gets sick, we all get sick. Students Ben Szoch and Nick Slavtcheff realized this, and wanted to help students facing what they call “the Penn State Plague.”

The two came up with the idea for a new business that would deliver cold and flu remedies to sick Penn Staters, and PlaguePacks was born. As co-founder Szoch put it, “No students want to get out of bed to find Nyquil or tissues or Vitamin C packets when they are sick. It’s painful, annoying and dreadful.” Yup.

A standard PlaguePack survival kit includes two packets of Victamin C supplements, microwaveable chicken noodle soup, nine cough drops, four packets of green tea, a pack of tissues, and a combo pack of day and night cold and flu relief. The best part though? The pack comes complete with the thing you miss most while sick at school: mom’s advice. The notes include “motherly advice on things to do to get off your bed and back on your grind in no time,” the founders say. If you’re buying the pack for a friend, you can even add a personal message.

But wait, there’s more! All of this is packaged together and delivered right to the student’s door in under an hour for a cool $20. (However, the website does note that conditions apply to actual delivery times, which may be delayed by weather, traffic, and so on.)

Penn State played a role in really getting PlaguePacks off the ground. “The company really started to take off with mentorship and support from various Penn State entrepreneurship groups and activities including LionLaunchPad, Small Business Development Center, 3DayStartUp, Innoblue, and input from various professors, friends and potential customers,” co-founder Szoch said. The team also added two new members from 3DayStartUp, Sud Mundra and Christine Roesch.

“We are excited to provide this product to all students living on-campus and downtown as we fight the Penn State Plague together,” Szoch said.

Next time you get sick, be sure to visit the PlaguePacks website and order all your essentials. Treat yo’ self, Penn State. You deserve it.

About the Author

Melissa McCleery

Melissa is a senior majoring in Women’s Studies, Political Science, and Spanish. In the little free time she has, Melissa likes to cook, spend all her money at The Phyrst, and add to her collection of blue and white striped clothing. She can be reached via Twitter (@mkmccleery) or email ([email protected]).


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