Category Archives: Entrepreneurship @ Booth

Our Autism Therapy Startup Won the Social New Venture Challenge!

Last week was exciting… to say the least. The startup I founded with fellow classmate Frankie Schiller was selected as the new 2018 John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge champion! Our idea, Autism in Motion Clinics, aims to set up and operate autism clinics in markets that have substantial and underserved populations of children with autism, such as in Arkansas, where we are currently running a pilot program.

Read more about our social startup here!

Me with Social New Venture namesake John Edwardson (on left) and AIM cofounder and joint Booth and School of Social Service Administration student Frankie Schiller (on right).

Growing my Social Impact Startup at Chicago Booth

I’m dual a degree MBA/MPP full time student, and I also run a social enterprise. KitcheNet provides urban food deserts (areas without access to quality nutrition) with easy access of affordable fresh produce and food education to empower and celebrate community wellness.

We’ve been in operation since August 2017, and so far have served more than 200+ boxes (1000 pounds of fresh food) to the Englewood community in Chicago. I often get asked how I ended up being a social entrepreneur while pursuing dual grad degrees. And how do I manage everything? Good question…

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Booth Startup Summer

This summer, 24 members of the Class of 2019 got a head start to their Booth experience through the pre-MBA program called Startup Summer. Across the globe, soon-to-be Booth students were paired with Booth-founded startups to explore their entrepreneurial function and industry goals. Cofounded by Booth alumna Andrea Sreshta, ’16, LuminAID is a women-founded Chicago-based startup that makes solar-powered inflatable lanterns for disaster relief and outdoor recreation. Find out what incoming Booth students Erich Bao, Jessica Goldberg, and Michael Hull had to say about their experience at LuminAID, and how it will impact their time at Booth going forward.

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NVC Series: The Finalists are Here

Last year, when we found out that WillowFlare was lucky enough to be one of the 10 teams moving on to the finals of the NVC, we were both super excited and nervous. Only after going through the presentations with other teams, did we realize how competitive the NVC is and how great the ideas are.  Don’t forget, we could only see one section – half of the 30 teams in the competition – and the only thing we know about the other half is they are as good if not better.   We were excited because it was such a journey for us to go from an idea to nearly a real business within three months. The momentum that NVC can provide to the team and the resources from the Polsky Center are just unparalleled.  In the meantime, we were also nervous because we wanted to put on the best show, representing ourselves and our classmates. At the end of the day, after being grilled by the same sets of investors again and again, we made many good friends from the same trench.  We felt that we were carrying more weight and we wanted to make sure we were not wasting a precious spot. Now, 11 teams may share the same feeling as the finalists for this year.

Make sure to stay tuned on the big day, which will take place on Thursday, June 1 at the Harper Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT. We will provide a live link and a Twitter takeover! 

I hope after reading the list below, you are as excited as I am…

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