Traduki presentation

Berks student entrepreneurs Ryan Morris and Tristan Morales made a presentation on their company, Traduki, to University President Eric Barron.

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Penn State Berks student entrepreneurs present startup to President Eric Barron

READING, Pa. — Two student entrepreneurs from Penn State Berks were recently invited to make a presentation on their company to Penn State President Eric Barron at Schreyer House for the President’s annual football tailgate event. Junior business major Ryan Morris, the company's co-founder and chief executive officer, and sophomore information sciences and technology major Tristan Morales, chief technology officer, presented Traduki Technologies, a tech startup that provides real-time language translation services for healthcare professionals and businesses.

Traduki Technologies was one of five companies showcasing the success of Penn State’s LaunchBox program at the tailgate. Representatives from each company had the opportunity to give a 90-second pitch to President Barron's guests. “This was a great networking experience and much-needed exposure for the company,” said Morris.

“Penn State does a great job with providing opportunities for young entrepreneurs,” added Morales. The students were then escorted to Beaver Stadium and to watch the football game from the President's box seats.

Traduki Technologies’ mission is to provide a convenient means for enhanced communication through translation. The company provides translation services via video chat, phone call, text message, and in person. Each translator is considered a partner and can work when they want and where they want. Translators only get paid for the time they spend translating. Traduki receives a portion of the fare during the time spent translating, while the rest goes directly to the translator through a digital payment system. By leveraging freelance translators, who must first pass a proficiency test, Traduki is able to reduce the cost of translation services and provide translation for multiple languages through any mobile device.

The concept for Traduki was first developed as a class project in the Entrepreneurial Mindset course in the fall of 2016. Abdullah Konak, professor of information sciences and technology, was teaching the course and he encouraged the group to further pursue the business idea because he saw the value it could bring to the community. Konak and Sadan Kulturel-Konak, director of the Flemming Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) Center and professor of management information systems, continued to mentor the team after the course was completed.

Traduki Technologies received additional support from CEED and the Langan LaunchBox at Penn State Berks.

The Langan LaunchBox is a partnership between Penn State Berks and Penn State Health St. Joseph, located in Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Downtown Reading campus. Founded in April 2016, its mission is to enhance community and industry relationships, promote entrepreneurship among Penn State Berks students, utilize entrepreneurship to accelerate business development in medical and health sectors, and provide resources that encourage entrepreneurship across diverse populations in the City of Reading.