Startup Spotlights

Discover incredible student entrepreneur stories


Sam Hollander is solving a $1.76 trillion problem with an innovative solution to student debt
September 29, 2020Startup Spotlights

Sam Hollander is solving a $1.76 trillion problem with an innovative solution to student debt

The typical college student will take out about 29,000 dollars in student devt and spend 21 years paying it off.  Nearly 43 million students each year will sign up to
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Connor Johnson ’22 on the convergence of creativity
September 29, 2020Startup Spotlights

Connor Johnson ’22 on the convergence of creativity

Connor Johnson ‘22 is an actor, a music creator, and a filmmaker. He began pursuing his passion for filmmaking when he was ten years old in his hometown of Bethesda,
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Claire Chevalier ’24 on creating a more sustainable world through packaging
September 22, 2020Startup Spotlights

Claire Chevalier ’24 on creating a more sustainable world through packaging

Along a Vietnamese beach walks Claire Chevalier, stepping around piles of abandoned takeout boxes and water bottles. Knowing Styrofoam does not decompose at all — and the plastic won’t for
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Sandhya Iyer ’20 is making it simpler to align talents and passions through Geek Girl Careers
September 21, 2020Startup Spotlights

Sandhya Iyer ’20 is making it simpler to align talents and passions through Geek Girl Careers

When we’re five years old we’re overflowing with dreams of all the exciting things we’ll be when we grow up: astronauts, movie stars, fire-fighters, horse-trainers- fearless world adventurers.  As we
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Ben Goldsmith ’21 grew a company out of a dorm room idea
September 21, 2020Startup Spotlights

Ben Goldsmith ’21 grew a company out of a dorm room idea

Ben Goldsmith ‘21, a VPA Communication and Rhetorical Studies (CRS) major and co-founder of POPCYCLE, remembers the feeling he had after his company’s first ever student-brand clothing popup. “It felt
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James LePage ’23 on fusing a side hustle and your passion, with a healthy dose of trial and error
September 21, 2020Startup Spotlights

James LePage ’23 on fusing a side hustle and your passion, with a healthy dose of trial and error

It’s inspiring to hear of people who start their own business when they’re 20.  For those who started a business at 18, or 16, it is an even more impressive
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Sloane Sexton ’21 on the joy of self-expression and a commitment to being fearlessly yourself
September 11, 2020Startup Spotlights

Sloane Sexton ’21 on the joy of self-expression and a commitment to being fearlessly yourself

In eighth grade Sloane Sexton sewed herself a pair of pajama pants. Having not touched a sewing machine since then, during quarantine she sewed her sister a bucket hat, learned
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Jackson Ensley ’22 combines   boundless energy, passion and hard work to grow POPCYCLE
September 10, 2020Startup Spotlights

Jackson Ensley ’22 combines boundless energy, passion and hard work to grow POPCYCLE

The ability to turn an idea into a product that truly functions for a community is a rare skill. Jackson Ensley ’22 is one of the talented and dedicated few
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Season Chowdhury ’23 on building your network and a tech startup
September 10, 2020Startup Spotlights

Season Chowdhury ’23 on building your network and a tech startup

Season Chowdhury ’23 worked into the early morning for five days during his sophomore year of high school to finish a website he was building for a mock client. The
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Chris Appello ’21 on social media as a creative outlet for self-expression
September 7, 2020Startup Spotlights

Chris Appello ’21 on social media as a creative outlet for self-expression

Social media have always been my outlets for self-expression and creativity. When I was a closeted gay man walking among the hyper-masculine jocks of my all-male Catholic high school, I
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Marcus Cook ’19 has The Success Bug
September 4, 2020Startup Spotlights

Marcus Cook ’19 has The Success Bug

The well-planned life is not always the successful life. Though we try to order our college lives into perfection with our four-year academic schedules, stable jobs, and long-term career visions,
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Ellen Jorgensen ’23 from her balcony perspective on the world
September 4, 2020Startup Spotlights

Ellen Jorgensen ’23 from her balcony perspective on the world

Ever since she was a child, Ellen Jorgensen ’23 has been intrigued by the power of perspective. Growing up in Harlem, she would peer over the edge of her balcony,
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