University of Iowa

In the news: Hawkeyes start new business to fund semester at sea

May 8th, 2019

Kennedy Voss (left) and Taylor Williams (right) pose for a photo aboard the ship where they are participating in Semester at Sea through the University of Iowa’s study abroad program. The UI juniors started a company making sport headbands to pay for their trips. Submitted photo.

By Tricia Brown, Iowa Now

Former Iowa crew teammates Taylor Williams and Kennedy Voss wanted to take part in Semester at Sea through the University of Iowa’s study abroad program in spring 2019.

But they didn’t know how they were going to pay for it.

The best friends were inspired to make no-slip sport headbands and start a business called Wanderlust Wraps to raise money for their trip. The product and company have been so successful that, now that they have just returned to campus, Williams and Voss plan to grow the company and turn profits into scholarships for other UI students who hope to study abroad but lack the funds to do so.

Williams, a communication studies major from Geneva, Illinois, and Voss, an entrepreneurial leadership major from Ankeny, Iowa, are both UI juniors who will graduate in December 2019.

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