Living Entrepreneurship Blog / Tag: Entrepreneurs

Reflections and Lessons Learned as the Creative Artist and Writer in Residence

This summer, after graduating from Wellesley College, I had the incredible opportunity to engage with the Summer Catalyst program as the Creative Artist and Writer in Residence. Over the past 10 weeks, I have collaborated with entrepreneurs and the Blank Center team, contributed to marketing and communication efforts, and developed skills in sales, marketing, finance,…

Innovation Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Summer Catalyst entrepreneurs and the Blank Center team have found creative ways to continue fostering innovation. As the Creative Artist and Writer in Residence at Summer Catalyst, I had the pleasure of working closely with entrepreneurs and the Blank Center team. Throughout the summer, I captured and shared their stories, accomplishments,…

Summer Catalyst: Week 10

It’s hard to believe that Week 10 was the final week of Summer Catalyst! The 16 Summer Catalyst venture teams achieved major milestones, developed their skills, learned new lessons, and made lasting connections with friends and mentors. They engaged in Hot Seat Sessions, Lunch and Learns, Team Updates, Creative Consultations, and Office Hours. They learned…

2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: ReServe

According to Plastic Oceans International, we produce “over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single use purposes…More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.” Alarmed by the deleterious environmental effects of single use plastics, Mild Suwanpimolkul MBA’21 was eager to make a difference,…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: BONAMI FOOD PRODUCTS

Four years ago, Felix Guelfucci MSEL ’20 volunteered with Gawad Kalinga, a NGO in the Philippines, and realized something about himself: He is passionate about using his skills to address social problems. Seeing firsthand the needs of local communities, he became interested in social entrepreneurship. Fast forward to BONAMI, gourmet seafood products with a social…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: CNF/Rhinno Industries

Climate change can seem like a daunting problem to solve. How can we begin to reduce carbon dioxide emissions? Alex Wu ’21 believes that what we produce and how we produce it matter for climate change: “The solution to it lie lies in the materials we use.” Enter hemp. Yes, hemp! Hemp-based composite materials are…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: Flow Taxes

Andi Deng ’20 is excited about the potential of artificial intelligence – and he’s bringing it to accounting with Flow Taxes. Andi first became interested in accounting when he volunteered with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). VITA is an IRS program providing free tax help to people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: Cabana Health

If your data is about you, then shouldn’t you have access to it and be able to use it? Cabana Health Co-founder MacBrennan Peet ‘22 started out with a broad interest in data democratization and quickly found his niche: health. He began to think about the power of health and wellness data and how it…

Summer Catalyst: Week 9

The Summer Catalyst participants have come so far – they’ve developed their products and services, revamped their pitches, made new connections, and collaborated with their fellow entrepreneurs. While learning about different aspects of starting a venture, each entrepreneur has developed stronger communication, leadership, problem solving, and team-work skills. They have celebrated wins and overcome obstacles,…

2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: Vadati

Imagine what it would be like to practice your presentations in a conference room setting, with an interactive audience that would give you instant feedback. What if you could simply put on a headset, enter a virtual world, and practice presenting in a professional environment just about anywhere you’d like? Sree Dasari ’23, CEO and…