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).
Why is everyone surveying his or her friends with exciting ideas?
Why does everyone with an entrepreneurial spark have dark eye circles lately?
What are they awaiting anxiously after those dark eye circles have faded?
What are they so excited about in the next few days?
How will investors grill them if they get in?
How will the ideas evolve into real businesses over time?
What is it like standing on the stage of the Finals?
It’s that exciting time again!
This year we decided to create a series of articles to share with you, in real time, what it is like to compete in the #1 university accelerator program across the nation – the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC). The program has graduated more than 160 start-up companies still in operation today and created thousands of jobs for the economy. NVC companies have achieved more than $4 billion in mergers and exits, including Braintree, which acquired Venmo and was then later acquired by PayPal in 2013 for $800 million; Bump Technologies, which was acquired by Google in 2013; and GrubHub, which completed an IPO in April 2014.
Continue reading NVC Series: The Grand Opening
Last year, I took my startup, Eislee, through the Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC )– a track of the New Venture Challenge with a focus on launching social enterprises. With the 2016 SNVC under way, I wanted to spotlight one of the amazing teams in this year’s competition.
The following is a guest blog post by Lavinia Popinceanu, a second year Booth student and founder/CEO of i4Spy…
Continue reading Startup Spotlight: i4Spy
Hi readers! My name is Sara Raffa and I’m one of your editors of TBE. I’m also a second year student here at Booth, pursuing a not so traditional path of entrepreneurship – more specifically, building my own start-up. Throughout this past year at Booth, I’ve taken my business from just an idea in a journal to an actual company, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you.
Continue reading From Business Idea to Reality