Since September, Wiltonian Kate Jansen and fellow Bucknell University students have been working to create a social mobile platform called Friendress that would allow people to instantly borrow and lend clothes. \u201cImagine this scenario: It\u2019s the night before a big event, and as you\u2019re looking through your closet, you realize that you have nothing to wear,\u201d Kate, a senior English major and 2012 Wilton High School graduate, told The Bulletin. \u201cIt\u2019s too late to run to the store and, quite frankly, you don\u2019t want to spend the time or money on an outfit that you\u2019ll only wear once. So, what do you do?\u201d That\u2019s where Friendress comes in. \u201cWhether you\u2019re looking for a casual blouse to wear to class or a formal dress to wear to a holiday party, Friendress makes linking friends\u2019 closets together easy,\u201d said Kate, who came up with the concept with four students in her management course. Origins \u201cWe started conceptualizing Friendress in September [after] my co-founders and I recognized serious potential in a marketplace that already exists,\u201d said Kate. That marketplace, she said, is \u201cthe \u2018shared economy\u2019 that companies like Uber and Airbnb have capitalized on.\u201d Kate and her classmates surveyed students around campus and discovered that most of them already borrow their friends\u2019 clothes on a regular basis. \u201cWe thought, \u2018Well, if this system is already happening on campus, why don\u2019t we make it easier, faster and more community-based for everyone?\u201d said Kate. \u201cLet\u2019s bring the shared economy to people\u2019s closets.\u2019\u201d Kate said Friendress users will range from \u201cyour best friends in college to your co-workers, to even your favorite fashion bloggers, designers and brands.\u201d Not only will users be able to request to borrow clothes, said Kate, but also \u201cshop and get fashion tips all on one mobile platform.\u201d BizPitch Kate said Friendress really started to take off once she and her group pitched their Friendress concept at this year\u2019s Business Pitch (BizPitch) Competition in October and were named finalists. The annual competition at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., is designed to give student entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect with advisors and win prizes to help them launch their ventures. \u201cDuring the competition, we were given five minutes to pitch to a board of Bucknell alumni and an audience of over 100 people,\u201d said Kate. \u201cThe energy was palpable, and it has definitely been one of my most rewarding experiences at Bucknell.\u201d Although they didn\u2019t place in the finals, Kate said, she and her team \u201cused the feedback from our mentors at the Small Business Development Center in Lewisburg and alumni to create an action place for Friendress.\u201d Future of Friendress Kate said next semester, her team plans to compete in other tech start-up business pitch competitions around the country. Kate said her team has applied to trademark Friendress and a beta version of the app is currently being developed. \u201cOur vision for Friendress extends far beyond sharing formal dresses,\u201d said Kate, \u201cUsers will be able to borrow and lend maternity clothes, prom dresses, tuxedos \u2014 the possibilities to share clothes are really endless on Friendress.\u201d Building a company from scratch may have been difficult, Kate said, but it has also been an \u201cincredible learning experience\u201d and \u201ctremendously rewarding.\u201d Overall, Kate said, the Friendress team hopes to follow the company\u2019s mantra: \u201cProviding a user-friendly platform to people who want to share what they wear.\u201d Anyone interested in staying updated on Friendress\u2019 progress can follow the start-up on Instagram at instagram.com\/friendress. \u201cWe are also currently looking for and accepting support for our project,\u201d said Kate.