Innovation and Impact: Past Projects


Project Description

Finals week is a hectic time of year in the oasis that is Oberlin College. Students are usually slammed with papers and tests, and they’re emotional about losing their 4th and 5th year classmates to the abyss that is the “real-world”. On top of all of that, somewhere way in the back of their head, they’re panicking because they no idea how they are going to get all of their stuff out of their dorm before ResEd kicks them out the morning after their last final. This is where BinStored comes in: BinStored takes care of all of the students’ summer storage needs, because, simply put, finals period is for studying.

Here’s how it works:

    1. Students register online at
    2. During finals week we set up a drop off station outside of their dorm room where they can pick up five storage bins at no cost with no commitment. Why five bins? Because figuring out how many bins you need for your room is kind of like figuring out how many diapers you need for your baby — long story short, it’s always best to have some extras.
    3. Once the students are packed up they bring their bin to the conveniently located drop off station. They are charged for the bins that they used and we put them on the truck for storage.
    4. They’re stuff is stored in our off campus storage facility for the summer and returned to their new dorm in the fall.


After going through LaunchU last January, this summer was BinStored’s first year in operation. We launched at Oberlin and the service was a big hit. With our model proven on one campus we are ready to take our next leap of faith and expand at Kent State University and Ohio State University this year. If anybody has connections to students or administrators at either school please let us know!

BinStored received a $4,000 Venture-Development Prize