Startup Spotlights

Discover incredible student entrepreneur stories


Erin Miller ’16 on creative inspiration and evolution
May 3, 2022

Erin Miller ’16 on creative inspiration and evolution

Erin Miller is a native of the Bay Area who graduated with a degree in advertising from the  S.I. Newhouse School Of Public Communications in 2016. As a member of
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Julia Haber ’18 is making a difference with her business Home From College
May 3, 2022

Julia Haber ’18 is making a difference with her business Home From College

In a world that’s ever-changing with new obstacles arising, Julia Haber has become a powerful and successful female founder. Julia graduated in 2018 with a major in advertising and media
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Ben Olender ’22 is a multi-talented inventor
April 25, 2022

Ben Olender ’22 is a multi-talented inventor

Ben Olender ’22 was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey. He’s a senior undergraduate at the Whitman School of Management, double majoring in marketing and management. Ben believes
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Aidan Mickleburgh ’22 G’23 is a natural problem solver who wants to make life easier
April 25, 2022

Aidan Mickleburgh ’22 G’23 is a natural problem solver who wants to make life easier

Aidan Mickleburgh ’22 G’23 is concurrently earning an undergraduate degree in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and an MBA from the Whitman School of Management. Along the way, he
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Emma Rothman ’21 writes about managing health amidst the “messiness of life”
April 18, 2022

Emma Rothman ’21 writes about managing health amidst the “messiness of life”

When meeting Emma Rothman you immediately notice her kindness and quiet charm. She is sincere in conversation and incredibly open about the struggles that shaped her to be the person
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Zebedayo Masongo L ’23 and Grnwood
April 18, 2022

Zebedayo Masongo L ’23 and Grnwood

The story of creating an oasis in a society with racism engrained into its foundations begins in a small district Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the turn of the 19th century. It
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Elizabeth Gruskin ’22 is a forensic scientist focused on mental health
April 16, 2022

Elizabeth Gruskin ’22 is a forensic scientist focused on mental health

The year is 2020 and the world has spun to a halt in the face of a global pandemic. People are locked indoors, isolation is a pervasive reality, and loved
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Rabia Razzaq G ’22 is designing solutions to global challenges
April 16, 2022

Rabia Razzaq G ’22 is designing solutions to global challenges

From Pakistan, Razzaq’s interest in design began after several years working in the fashion industry. As she lived and worked in Pakistan, she noticed the disturbing air quality as pollutants
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Matt Castagnozzi ’23 creates Psych-Tek, a service to help normalize psychedelic treatments
March 23, 2022

Matt Castagnozzi ’23 creates Psych-Tek, a service to help normalize psychedelic treatments

When you think of magic mushrooms, what immediately comes to mind? For most, mushrooms and other psychedelics invoke images of colorful hallucinations and recreational trips with friends. Indeed, mushrooms and
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Adya Parida ’25 has a curiosity, courage and attitude that we can all learn from
March 23, 2022

Adya Parida ’25 has a curiosity, courage and attitude that we can all learn from

To be a freshman at a university is intimidating – especially on a big campus like Syracuse University. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, all of us can recall
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Brian Burton ’22 is building Unami matcha and focusing on sustainability
March 23, 2022

Brian Burton ’22 is building Unami matcha and focusing on sustainability

Brian K. Burton ’22 Maxwell, grew up as someone you could look to for all the answers. A self-acclaimed planner, Burton says that his childhood growing up in Chicago involved
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Lauren Pichiarella ‘22 creates College Wise to help create a more accessible college application process
March 23, 2022

Lauren Pichiarella ‘22 creates College Wise to help create a more accessible college application process

To receive a college education is a privilege, that we all know; but to even hold the opportunity to apply to college is an immense privilege. Navigating the daunting processes
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