Country: United States
School: George Washington University
With her passion to start a movement to end sexual assault and exploitation facilitated by rape drugs, Danya launched KnoNap, a napkin that tests for rape drug presence in drinks. Danya’s motivation in launching KnoNap stemmed from her personal tie to the issue of sexual assault, but she is constantly inspired and motivated by the stories of her peers. At the start of this venture, Danya’s personal experience became an obstacle; every conversation or pitch involved sharing her story of sexual assault. However, after making the mental decision to no longer see herself as a victim but rather as a survivor, she became a voice for this issue. Committed to pushing for social change, Danya hopes that in three years, KnoNap products will be available nationwide at any public bars, clubs, grocery stores, liquor stores, universities, health centers and drug stores.
Company: ThinkLite LLC
School: Babson College
Dinesh Wadhwani has always been tech-savvy. Born and raised in Ghana, he began a career as a technology entrepreneur at the age of 14, developing software and websites for small and medium businesses. Wadhwani established ThinkLite LLC (ThinkLite) in 2009, aimed to provide savings on energy-efficient lighting to consumers and businesses. Since then, ThinkLite has grown to become a global lighting efficiency leader. Wadhwani works with a team of 60 employees who custom design, manufacture, distribute and install energy efficient retrofit solutions for commercial customers and governments.
School: Brigham Young University
Garrett Gee, a Brigham Young University student whose company, Scan, developed one of the most-used apps for QR Code scanning on mobile devices. In their first year, Scan grew to over 10 million users and raised $1.7 million from Google Ventures, Lady Gaga, and other top Venture Capitalists. At age 13, Garrett set the Genius World Record for Tetris.
Company: Uptown Cheapskate
School: University of Utah
Sloan opened the first Uptown Cheapskate location in Salt Lake City, Utah with her brother, Scott Sloan, in 2009. After just eight months in operation and turning a profit, Sloan franchised the trendy consignment store and has since expanded to 20 locations in 12 states. Sloan first won the EO Alchemy regional competition in Seattle before besting the top 30 international student entrepreneurs at Global Finals at the New York Stock Exchange on November 16th. Participating in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA program has been a once in a lifetime experience,” said Chelsea Sloan, founder of Uptown Cheapskate and Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year. “The networking, mentorship and training that I have received is priceless and winning the title pushes my passion for entrepreneurship even further.”
School: Brigham Young University
“Quinn, a Brigham Young University student, Shark Tank star and co-founder and CEO of FiberFix, will receive his share of $150,000 in cash and in-kind business services from the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) to help Quinn successfully continue on his entrepreneurial journey. In 2013, Quinn and his cousin Eric Child founded FiberFix, the heavy-duty repair tape that is 100x stronger than duct tape. They have been featured on Shark Tank, QVC and are already in more than 1,600 stores across the nation. “”Someone once told me, if you’re going to be anything in life, be passionate. Being a part of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards has surrounded me with some of the most talented, passionate people on the planet,”” said Spencer Quinn, co-founder and CEO, FiberFix. “”I am just so incredibly grateful for the support from EO and GSEA. I look forward to nurturing the many relationships I’ve made with the other students and members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and to growing FiberFix over many years to come.”