By Kayla Cobb

CLEMSON — One of the first companies launched through Clemson University’s MBA program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is gaining traction on campus: Dabble, “the new way to break the ice.”

Created by three Clemson financial management graduates, Dabble is a new social networking mobile application aimed at connecting men and women on college campuses. Dabble connects users through their Facebook accounts, allowing them to post events.

If a user sees a post he or she is interested in, they select Dabble, and the poster of the event is notified of their interest. If the poster of the event chooses them, the app will exchange phone numbers between the two parties, enabling users to connect outside of the application. The app has a filtering device, which only allows female users to see their male friends and vice versa. Dabble is different from other apps in that it is event-focused, with events ranging from casual social events to more formal dates.

Former Undergraduate Student Government President Carlisle Kennedy and twin brothers Josh and Brendan Lopes founded the company. Like many such ideas, the initial brainstorm for a mobile app for college students started at a Clemson baseball tailgate where the three founders became so engaged in their discussion about this potential business that they did the unthinkable — they missed the game.

The three founders then went all-in for their idea, as the Lopes brothers quit their jobs. Kennedy also passed on job offers to work full-time on the app. The three partners were then accepted into Clemson’s MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program, which has been an invaluable resource to the Dabble team. In fact, the team changed ideas after a discussion they had with a mentor in the Clemson MBAe program. They now have several developers working on the team as well.  

Located at the Clemson at the Falls campus in Greenville, the entrepreneurship program lasts for a year and provides students with the resources, connections and classes they need to successfully launch their business.

“The great thing about the Clemson MBAe program is that it has given us the resources and the connections to a lot of investment opportunities in Greenville and in the Upstate,” Brendan said.

The entrepreneurship program gives students connections to the Entrepreneurial Network of Clemson (ENC), an online network of Clemson-associated entrepreneurs, which allows students to interact virtually with entrepreneurs all over the world. Students involved in this program are required to spend just as much time working in the classroom as they are outside of it, which encourages students to network and make connections, two invaluable skills in the world of entrepreneurship.

Dabble celebrated its 500th download on April 18 and is growing, with plans to release the app at the University of Georgia, the University of Florida and the University of Alabama in the fall. The team also plans to expand the app from the iOS platform to the Andoid platform.