LendEDU went from a start-up in a UD apartment to a popular financial resource. Nate Matherson knew he had the business acumen and drive necessary to create a successful start-up. He wanted to provide a resource to help others overcome obstacles that he had experienced first-hand as an incoming student.
In part one of our coverage of the Breakthrough Lab Venture Showcase hosted by Brown University’s Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, we introduced the first seven startups in this year’s cohort. They included edtech and medtech startups, different software platforms and superfood companies, among others.
This week’s edition of the Trending newsletter looks at coding schools, complicated VC relationships and heirs to the Oracle throne. Computer programming was once an unglamorous practice. At least, that’s how it seemed to me as an incurious middle school student many years ago, pecking away in computer class on a TRS-80 and struggling to learn BASIC. It was tough to see how that kind of drudgery could make anyone’s life better — at least, beyond the brief thrill that came from making an obscene word scroll across a classmate’s monochrome screen.
RALEIGH – Cofounders Capital in Raleigh is pouring $1 million in venture capital into Element451, developer of a customer relationship management solution that it says helps colleges recruit students. Cofounders believes the solution helps “colleges recruit prospective students with greater efficiency and ease.” “The way colleges operate will have to change. The way people work has already changed. And the expectations of students changed a long time ago,” said Cofounders partner and founder David Gardner in a statement.
[Startup Bharat] Bootstrapped PG venture by a student entrepreneur clocks Rs 15 lakh revenue per month
Dealz Expert, a Phagwar startup by 25-year-old Sangita Dey, already has 22 PGs with 1,200 rooms, and yearly revenue of Rs 2 crore. For 25-year old Sangita Dey, an MCA student from Lovely Professional University at Phagwara (Punjab), one thing was clear – she wanted to be her own boss. The girl from Tripura also realised that she was an entrepreneur at heart. So it was not long before she plunged into an entrepreneurial venture in a relatively nascent sector – coliving, or in her case PG accommodation.
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The $42 million Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community at Bowie State University also will provide housing for 500 students.
Blackstone LaunchPad lands at UC Riverside
Student entrepreneurs at UC Riverside received an infusion of fresh energy recently when the campus joined the LaunchPad Powered by Techstars network. Starting this fall, a series of campus programs for undergraduates, led by Blackstone Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mai Temraz, will be offered including workshops, networking events, and one-on-one mentoring. LaunchPad will also give undergraduates access to a national network of mentors and entrepreneurial workshops and conferences.
Northern Kentucky University student Isaiah Kelly has won the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneurship Award (GSEA) Cincinnati Regional Competition, the premier competition for students who have started their own business. Kelly is the first NKU student to win and now heads to the national competition in Silicon Valley.