Fourteen undergraduate students at Duke University have been selected as 2015 Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs.
Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs is Duke’s premiere undergraduate entrepreneurship program, launched last year with a generous gift from Melissa T’87 and Doug Bernstein. Students are selected through a rigorous application process to be part of a cohort that will receive individualized teaching and coaching starting in spring 2015 and lasting throughout the year.
Melissa expressed her enthusiasm for this year’s cohort of students. “We are so excited to be working with these incredibly talented students. To be part of the team that helps young Duke entrepreneurs develop, refine, fail, and prevail with their promising ventures has been such a rewarding experience for Doug and me. We can’t wait to see what will unfold with this new group of students and their startups.”
The 2015 student entrepreneurs are working on ventures that range from pioneering wearable tech to a grocery delivery service in Kenya to an innovative magnetic product for the home, and more. The students kicked off this year’s program with a trip to New York City for networking with alumni entrepreneurs and a visit to Melissa & Doug headquarters where they met with Melissa and Doug to discuss their ventures. In the fall, students will participate in a Demo Day where they will present their startups.
The fourteen selected students are:
- Ibanca Anand ’17, Economics and Literature
- Andrew Buie ’17, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science
- Daniel Chander ’16, Economics
- Ivonna Dumanyan ’16, Mechanical Engineering
- Alex Elsea ’17, Economics
- Stephanie Engle ’16, Public Policy and I&E
- Raffi Garnighian ’15, Economics
- Suhani Jalota ’16, Economics and Global Health
- Kasper Kubica ’17, Physics and Computer Science
- Adhar Maheshwari ’17, Visual and Media Studies
- Michael Mann ’17, Visual and Media Studies
- Logan Rooper ’17, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science
- Tapiwa Sondayi ’17, Public Policy Studies and Political Science
- Henry Yan ’17, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science