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Gabriel Maya

Company: Zue Beauty

School: Universidad Autonoma de Occidente

Gabriel started his first business and became financially independent by the age of 10. With the teaching and support of his mother, he has carried this entrepreneurial passion into his adult life where he co-founded Zue Beauty- a beauty company dedicated to crafting quality, vegan skin-care products. In addition to promoting health, Zue Beauty drives a broader mission to bring peace to underdeveloped, armed conflict areas and to replace cocaine products with locally sourced herbal products. Gabriel believes that he embodies all four EO core values – he and his team built Zue Beauty with little knowledge about the beauty industry, they strive to improve the quality of life of more than 2000 families in Southern Columbia and hope to inspire other young entrepreneurs to build both profitable and socially impactful businesses.  The biggest obstacle he has had to overcome as an entrepreneur is receiving a life-threatening letter from an armed group telling him to immediately stop promoting the substitution of cocaine crops for healthy crops. Gabriel believes staying true his vision helped him to overcome this fear:

“I remembered one of the best pieces of advice I received from a fellow entrepreneur:” Be Smart, Be tough…Never look back always Forward”. Most people would have walked away from that situation and abandoned the 2,000 families we work with. I did the opposite. I became smarter and tougher and decided to continue the process, taking my precautions and being protected by the 2000 families from the community.”

Matthew Rooda

Company: SwineTech, Inc.

School: University of Iowa

Matthew took his childhood farming experience to create optimal solutions for livestock care. Through his agricultural tech company, SwineTech, he provides farmers with the necessary technologies to reduce piglet deaths. The product tracks sows real time health and teaches mother sows to stand up if they are crushing their babies.
The biggest obstacle Matthew has faced was the discouragement from his university animal welfare specialists about the potential of his business idea. He is grateful for his advisor’s encouragement to keep going and the resilience of his team in spite of surrounding doubts. Make a Mark resonates with him the most because of it reminds him to be an everyday source of his inspiration to people who share a similar modest background: “I do not come from a rich family, I am from small town Iowa, and I am not the smartest person in the world. However, I outwork the best of them. I want to be able to walk up to a kid that is in a modest home in the mid-west and encourage them to dream.” Although he considers himself very competitive, Matthew appreciates the insights he and his team gain from depending on one another and external experts.

  

Mikhail Naumov

Company: The GREEN Program

School: Rutgers University

Mikhail Naumov is a founder of The GREEN Program, a provider of experiential education programs in Costa Rica. GREEN, or Global Renewable Energy Education Network, combines volunteering with education, and develops programs that teach participants about reusable energy through developing an actual green energy site for an area in need. “”If you want young talent to drive innovation in environmentally-minded development and business, you need to train them and you should do the education before they enter an industry with existing norms.”” said Mikhail. The GREEN Program has applied its unique educational model into the world’s cutting edge industries and continues to be the leader of experiential educational programs in the the world, for the world. The GREEN Team serves as the fundamental catalyst for thousands of students breaking into and transforming the clean energy and sustainability industries.

 

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Mandar Tulankar

Company: Angels R&D Pvt Ltd.

School: Nuva College of Engineering

Mandar Tulankar, a student at Nuva College of Engineering in India and founder of Angels R&D Pvt Ltd., invented the mobile shoe charger that uses the pressure created by walking to power cell phones. “The mobile shoe charger“ which is based on the concept of converting pressure to electricity using PIEZO crystals through piezoelectric effect can end your phone’s battery life woes. The charger is present in the sole of the shoe and as soon as the person wearing the shoe starts walking, the charging will start. The charger has nearly zero maintenance, has easy assembly and handling and is highly affordable to different sections of the society.

 

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Elizabeth Aguirre Moreno Valle

Company: Fast Fruit Factory

School: TEC de Monterrey

Elizabeth Aguirre Moreno Valle, a student at TEC de Monterrey in Mexico started the Fast Fruit Factory. The company provides fresh fruit and fruit juices at kiosks at schools, universities and malls with the mission to provide healthy food options.

 

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Daniel Mishin

Company: Bear Hostels

School: The Institute of Economics and Computer Science

Daniel Mishin started and owns Bear Hostels, a chain of high quality, low price hostels that first opened its doors in 2009 to give young Americans a place to crash when visiting places like the New Arbat, one of the most happening neighborhoods in Moscow. He put together a website that caters to Americans by featuring visa advice and providing all information in English. Bear Hostels is like a cross between a hotel and a college dorm. It’s largest branch has rooms that can hold up to 16 beds, and the lobby has a communal plasma TV as well as snacks. Bear Hostels has more than 250 bunk beds all over the city center of the Russian capital, being the best StartUp of Russia 2011 and having more than 200 foreign and international newspapers and magazines publications.

 

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Chelsea Sloan

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.”

 

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Brett Sheffield

Company: Sheffield Farms

School: University of Manitoba

Brett Sheffield is a student at the University of Manitoba in Canada and founder of Sheffield Farms and Stay Fit Health Club. Sheffield Farms is a 1,700-acre grain farm in rural Manitoba, founded in 2008 utilizing the latest farming technology. Stay Fit Health Club is a 24-hour fitness center in its first year of operation. After winning the Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) competition, Sheffield advanced to the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA to take second place. 

 

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Sofia de Huguet

Company: April Store

School: Universidad Centro Americana

Sofia de Huguet, Universidad Centro Americana, El Salvador. Founder of April Store, a clothing store for true fashion lovers that helps young women in need. The IFC Award is given to a profitable, sustainable business creating job opportunities in developing countries. 

 

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Natalia Maczek

Company: MisbehaveMISBHV

School: Jagiellonian University

Natalia Maczek, founder of MISBEHAVE, MISBHV, a street wear clothing company based in Krakow Poland, was one of GSEA finalists 2013. MISHBV was founded by Natalia Maczek in April 2008 in the heart of former East Block as a one-off DIY t-shirt fashion line for a small circle of her closest friends – skaters, rapers, artists and models. Just a few collections later, MISBHV grew into a global brand with a unique aesthetic vocabulary worn by global superstars such as Rihanna, Cara Delevigne, Jourdan Dunn and Azealia Banks. Its collections are sold in a limited number of carefully selected retailers worldwide including: Browns Focus in London, Galleries Lafayette in Paris and I.T. in Hong Kong.

 

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