Jennifer Villalobos graduated from Oregon State University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in International Business and Marketing and a Bachelors of Science in Education with a focus in Adult Workplace Training. She also received a minor in Spanish spending a term studying abroad in Santander, Spain. During her time at OSU, she served as President of OSU Students In Free Enterprise helping develop programs around entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business success skills, and business ethics for communities, local and abroad; recently named a top 20 team in the nation out of over 600 teams. As an instrumental leader of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at OSU, she has coordinated events, served as a mentor to fellow AEP members and students, and held the role as a teaching assistant for freshman Introduction to Entrepreneurship classes.
She is currently working on a Masters in Business Administration at Oregon State University. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in Business to become a university professor focusing on project management and entrepreneurship.
I live, eat, sleep, and breathe everything that is entrepreneurship at OSU. Through my extensive networks within my university, and with the community at large, I plan to strengthen our current programs that I have been actively involved with for more than 5 years and create new opportunities for student inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs to advance towards their goals and dreams. Through increased collaboration, the ideas of tomorrow can become the realities of today.
Sustainable Vision approaches the creation of solutions to global problems through innovative technological ideas pursued through scalable market driven business models. A few examples of ventures (non profit and for profit) launched by grantees:
Organized an Invention to Venture workshop on September 25, with 50 attendees and a keynote address by Sam Cochran, CEO of NCIIA grantee company Solar Ivy.
Held a week-long Tech@NYU event to raise awareness of student innovation on campus.
Applying for an NCIIA Course and Program grant to help establish a living space for freshman intersted in entrepreneurship.
Trevor is a senior at NYU studying Finance & International Business. Last year, he took a class called Ready, FIRE!, Aim, taught by Larry Lenihan, and adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at NYU and the CEO of FirstMark Capital. Larry was such an inspiring teacher that after his class ended Trevor went off looking for other students that he could work with and had different skills. This didn't work out so well. The process was so painful and difficult that he decided to start a club called Tech@NYU to help students meet each other. Their goal was, and still is, to be multi-disciplinary and include faculty and students from different programs that would otherwise never interact. Trevor got Tech@NYU off the ground by planning 5 events in 1 week and calling it NYU Startup Week. He asked a couple faculty members that were his mentors to come on as advisors, and invited a bunch of friends who were interested in tech to join as officers. After that was over the group continued planning events into the summer and just last week (first week of October, 2010) held the second NYU Startup Week.
My vision is to bridge the gap between the different programs at NYU and to use NCIIA's resources to help students gain traction with their ventures. NCIIA has been working with student teams for fifteen years and is great at helping them transition from an idea and a few good people to a business and a commitment. It also adds a lot of credibility to NYU and Tech@NYU to be supported NCIIA, it's great working with Humera Fasihuddin and James Barlow.
Organizing an Invention to Venture workshop for early December.
Organzing a pitch competition for student entrepreneurs, and looking to set up ongoing meetings for students interested in starting their own businesses.
Steve Faulkner is a currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Steve completed his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in December 2008 and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. After graduation, Steve travelled to the South Pole, Antarctica to work on the construction of the IceCube neutrino detector. Since returning, he started his own engineering consultancy, Red Frame Engineering. Through Red Frame, Steve has consulted for several local companies and now consults exclusively for SolidWorks Corporation's education and marketing divisions. In 2009, Steve also briefly lived in Kuwait where he was working on military vehicle suspensions with Oshkosh Defense Corporation. In 2010, Steve co-founded GeoHuddle, a start up building a platform for community scale ground source heat pump systems.
As the NCIIA student ambassador to University of Wisconsin, I hope to help create a bridge between on-campus and off-campus entrepreneurship. Many students find making the change from student to full-time entrepreneur a challenge. I hope to leverage the resources and programs of NCIIA to make the transition much easier for student on our campus.
Conducting market research for the Institute of Social Innovation that the university is developing. "I have designed qualitative and quantitative surveys surveyed 115 people from 11 different colleges. I will be providing a report assessing the needs and the wants of students towards the new Social Innovation program."
Mohamed Ali Niang is a senior at Temple University (Pennsylvania)and expects to graduate in May 2011 with a BBA in International Business/Entrepreneurship and minors in Economics and Sustainability. He has previously interned at a variety of organizations dedicated to social change and poverty alleviation including, UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Niger, the Women's Opportunity Resource Center in Philadelphia and Tissina Ltd. in Mali, a company that specializes in developing and marketing renewable energies equipment.
During these internships, Mohamed Ali developed valuable experiences and insights into the agriculture sector, micro finance and project management . In addition, he is the co-founder of a student-led venture called Malo Traders and received the Judge’s Choice Award at the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition, received a grant from NCIIA to attend a ven workshop at MIT, and we are also a 2010 Sparkseed Venture. He also received the 2010 Sol Tutelman Memorial Prize from Temple University, an award given to a student achieving the highest standards in the field of entrepreneurship.
My endeavors on three different continents have provided me with the opportunity to acquire a strong sense of the challenges and opportunities student entrepreneurs face. As such, the prospect of assisting the NCIIA in its quest to encourage and harness the entrepreneurial spirit of students is very exciting. Not only do I see this as a excellent opportunity to learn from and to positively influence students, being part of a program hosted by a well-respected institution like the NCIIA presents me with a great opportunity to interact with others that share my passion for innovation. I hope to connect and collaborate with numbers of student entrepreneurs with different backgrounds raging from engineering all colleges.
Swapnil Chaturvedi is a MS student at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) where his focus is on Management, Sustainable Design and Innovation. Swapnil also has a BS in Electronics Engineering and MS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University. Prior to joining Northwestern University, Swapnil was a Software/Design Engineer in Continental Automotive Systems, where he was involved in the design of advanced telematics systems for Hyundai and Onstar. At Continental, he was also involved in various process improvement activities and was instrumental in the enhancement of laboratory testing methodologies. Swapnil has started two successful micro-credit based businesses in the village of Pipariya, India.
In Summer 2010, Swapnil also started Energy Efficiency enterprise called RIPE Energy Solutions and has already received a grant from Initiative for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) to perform pilot testing of RIPE’s business model. Swapnil is also working on a Ecological Sanitation business idea to promote private funding in the sanitation facilities in urban areas of developing world. Recently, Swapnil also attended the prestigious Green Technology Entrepreneurship Workshop conducted by UC Davis.
My background and experiences have helped me develop the approach of looking various problems as opportunities. As NCIIA Student Ambassador position I want to motivate and inspire (and be inspired by), collaborate with and enable all others who have entrepreneurial fire burning inside them but have not yet found a way to channel this fire to come up with business ideas/ventures. I have firm belief that innovation is more about connecting than inventing. There is a lot of entrepreneurial activity going on in the Chicago area. As an NCIIA Student Ambassador, I want to bring these (social) entrepreneurs together, to facilitate collaboration which would serve as a catalyst and would reduce time to bring these ideas to market.
Organizing a TedX Invention to Venture workshop for April 8, 2011, and an elevator pitch for late February.
Served as a panel member in the social entrepreneurship workshop at the MCN conference.
Note from Mayank: "We have received feedback from many students who have new ideas or a ready prototype, but many fail to have a social impact. With the upcoming events we will bringing a larger pool of potential students and ideas in direct touch with NCIIA and help them in taking their ideas/venture forward.”
Mayank Yadav is pursuing his Masters in Engineering Management Systems at Columbia University in New York. He completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology in India and worked for a leading IT firm (Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai) for 2 years before joining Columbia. Apart from his academic endeavors he has contributed to several initiatives at NIT and also started his first venture with a group of four friends. He worked for Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai, India after graduating from NIT where he was a member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), “Start-up Saturdays” where he interacted with many tech start ups. Meeting new people and exploring new ideas has always been his passion and he plans to continue this further by being the student ambassador for NCIIA at Columbia University along with taking various other initiatives in and around the campus. He also loves to swim, play table tennis and contribute to various online discussions.
My first start up while in college, was a result of a team with individuals from different backgrounds focused towards one common goal. This helped me to realize that proper execution of an idea requires a right team, an effective communication medium and a platform to showcase their idea. I want to create an “ecosystem” where people can interact and share their ideas, identify existing problems and solve them in their own innovative ways. These solutions and ideas will eventually create new business opportunities and give rise to a new group of entrepreneurs.
Planning an Invention to Venture workshop in collaboration with the January 2011 Venture Capitalist Bootcamp.
Creating a student entrepreneurship network on campus, to direct students towards NCIIA's offerings.
Maggie Finch is a Master of Engineering Management student at Duke University, expecting to graduate in May 2011. Maggie also received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Duke University in May 2010. She doubled majored in Biomedical Engineering and English. During her undergraduate studies, Maggie worked as a technical writer for the Duke start-up Engineering World Health, a company dedicated to developing innovative health care technologies for the developing world. Through a program run by this company, Maggie spent a summer providing technical support to medical staff in a hospital in Tanzania, Africa. Maggie also spent a semester during her junior year studying both engineering and English abroad at Queen Mary University of London in the UK. At Duke, Maggie was an active member of the Duke Catholic Center, the Society of Women Engineers, and Alpha Phi sorority. Maggie grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida where she attended Wellington High School.
I am passionate about innovation that has a positive social impact on our world. My summer in Tanzania opened my eyes to the need for inexpensive but effective health care products, and I hope to be an entrepreneur in this field. During my year as a Student Ambassador, I hope to create excitement in the general student body for innovation and to reenergize the existing entrepreneurial groups. I specifically want focus on planning events that highlight innovation that is profitable but also has a social benefit.
Juan Carlo Pascua is above all, a surfer. Seemingly lackadaisical and at times aloof, his value system is not based on dollars, but on waves. You couldn’t suspect this by his academic history. Like many college freshman he was overly confident. A double major in psychology and civil engineering, he saw plenty of dollars in his future. His selfishness ended when he completed his first course in social justice and community.
Learning of a world bigger than his superficial desires saw him become involved and invested in helping others. In researching for a seminar he was to teach, Juan Carlo came across all the global problems to be realized by climate change. Deciding to focus on the solution: renewable energy, he became a member of an adventurous research group that studied the renewable energy of highly sustainable Denmark. After contemplating for ages why impressive energy solutions go unused in America, he decided to enter a business competition with a plan to fund clean technology. With his entrepreneur spirit lit, he began considering business and technology solutions that address the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. At the end, he would like to own and operate a sustainable surfboard shop.
Juan Carlo's vision My vision is to create a spark. There is a lot of talent in Las Vegas and in Nevada. Many people I’ve come across here have great ideas that they simply toss away because they don’t know what to do with them. They need an entrepreneurial spark so they can take their ideas and fly with them. I would like to give great ideas a chance as long as they have been put through enough thought. In the end, I hope to help create permanent jobs in companies people can be proud to be a part of.
Eden Full is a sophomore at Princeton University studying Mechanical Engineering with certificates in African Studies, and Materials Science & Engineering. As an Ashoka-Lemelson Youth Fellow and the 2009 recipient of the Weston Youth Innovation Award, Eden founded Roseicollis Technologies, an embryonic social enterprise to take her solar panel tracking invention,among other appropriate technologies, to developing communities that need them through local innovation, awareness and engagement.
Eden’s belief in sustainability stems from her experiences on a Canadian Arctic expeditionthrough the Students on Ice/International Polar Year scholarship program. At Princeton, Eden is the Vice-President of the Africa Development Initiative, as well as the Historian for the Engineers Without Borders chapter. She is a member of Professor Wole Soboyejo’s research group working on bamboo, solar energy and ceramic water filters. Proudly Canadian, she was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, where she graduated from John G. Diefenbaker High School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to Thrice, caring for her lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) Kiwi Ganondorf “Birdie” Full, and is a coxswain for Princeton’s varsity lightweight women’s rowing team.
Current initiatives at Princeton promote invention and innovation. After participating in these initiatives, I have come to realize that mere promotion is not enough. How can I, as an NCIIA Student Ambassador, encourage my peers to leap forward and turn their hypothetical ideas into action? One can come up with many business plans and blueprints, but they need to be converted into a venture with a vision and purpose for them to matter. I would like to help form a community of inventors - beyond the scope of traditional engineering - to create an interdisciplinary experience that involves students from all across the Princeton campus.