CHICAGO, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Future Founders, a non-profit organization that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur, today announced the 18 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the 2016 Fellowship, a part of its Future Founders Startup program.
The Fellowship is a selective year-long program that accelerates the success of the nation's top young entrepreneurs. Fellows have priority access to all Future Founders Startup services plus benefit from mentoring, entrepreneurial experiences, a peer community, and volunteer opportunities through other Future Founders programs.
"The 2016 Fellows represent some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs across the country," said Scott Issen, President & CEO, Future Founders. "We have high hopes that this year's cohort will match or exceed the significant business and personal milestones that our 2015 cohort achieved. We're enhancing the 2016 Fellowship experience by launching intensive Founders Weekends and community-building activities to better support these rockstar entrepreneurs."
The Fellowship is an initiative of Future Founders Startup, a dynamic platform to engage, equip and empower collegiate entrepreneurs. Through the program, Future Founders brings together dozens of universities, incubators, community organizations and businesses and curates resources to help young entrepreneurs succeed. The program promotes cross-school collaboration and increases the capacity of university programs by broadening their reach into the community. Future Founders Startup is generously supported by Capital One, The Coleman Foundation, The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation, Keywell Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation and Accenture.
Acceptance into the Fellowship followed a nationwide application process. The 18 entrepreneurs who were selected for the 2016 Fellowship cohort represent 13 schools in seven states. The Fellows' businesses represent industries including arts, tech, food and non-profits.
Congratulations to the 2016 Fellowship cohort:
- Sheldon Barrett, Cocovana (University of Florida)
- Paul Callejas, GPS Campus (University of Illinois at Chicago)
- McCalley Cunningham, "Go Fresh!" Products (Texas A&M University)
- Joshua Doering, Seedslide (Morningside College)
- Daniel Floyd, SpeechMasterPro (Western Michigan University)
- Brandon Frisch, SpeakEazy, Inc. (Illinois State University)
- Andrew Glantz, FoodShare, LLC (Washington University in St. Louis)
- Nika Koda, Hermit (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
- Bianca Perry, ACL Recovery Guide (DePaul University)
- Thomas Reese, EverMem, Inc (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
- Matthew Sarli, Spartan Grip (University of Tampa)
- Armand Sepulveda, Dycap Media Solutions (University of Florida)
- Callie Spiros, Kalí Zoë Designs (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
- Jack Sutherland, NuGrad (Illinois State University)
- Stephen Tinney, The Bindle Stick (University of Illinois at Chicago)
- Tyler Turk, Date in a Crate (California State University, Fresno)
- Derrick Wolbert, sharEd (Northwestern University)
- Jackie Wu, Eighty Nine Robotics, LLC (Northwestern University)
About Future Founders
Future Founders is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur. We immerse youth in experiences that inspire and empower them to create their own opportunity. We believe this leads to a generation more determined, hopeful and equipped as they engage the future. Since 2005, our programs have served over 30,000 youth. Join us as we empower the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.
For more information visit http://futurefounders.com/.
Scott Issen, Future Founders, [email protected]
SOURCE Future Founders