Meet the 17 Founders Named to 2018 National Fellowship

Future Founders, a non-profit organization that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur, today announced the 17 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in its 2018 Fellowship program.

The Fellowship is a prestigious year-long cohort that accelerates the development of the top student entrepreneurs in the nation. The goal of the program is to develop both the founders and their businesses, giving them the greatest foundation for future success. Fellows benefit from mentoring, entrepreneurship retreats, a peer community, and volunteer opportunities through Future Founders programs.

“The 2018 Fellows represent some of the most intentional millennial entrepreneurs in the country,” said Scott Issen, President & CEO, Future Founders. “We are optimistic that this year’s cohort will achieve milestones similar to our first two cohorts that generated over $3.4 million in revenue, secured $1.3 million in capital and created 44 full-time and 93 part-time jobs.”

The Fellowship is generously supported by Motorola Solutions Foundation (organizational founding sponsor), Capital One, The Coleman Foundation, The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation, Keywell Foundation, Accenture, EY, and Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund.

Acceptance into the Fellowship followed a competitive nationwide application and interview process. The 17 entrepreneurs who were selected for the 2018 Fellowship cohort represent 16 schools in 13 states and one district. The Fellows’ businesses represent industries including consumer products, fashion, services, and tech.

Congratulations to the 2018 Fellows:

Nafis Azad, Studium, The Ohio State University, OH
Studium is an app partnering with universities to facilitate student interaction through course-relevant study sessions.

Murtaza Bambot, InternBlitz, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
InternBlitz is the fastest way to find and apply for internships. With InternBlitz, internship applications can be sent 10x faster.

Kenyon Brown, PollUp Solutions, Inc., Iowa State University, IA collects employee insights to help improve employee training, engagement, satisfaction, and retention through real-time polling.

Chase Dittmer, Govred Technology, Inc., Baker College, MI
GOVRED builds turnkey virtual reality training technology for the military, law enforcement, and first responders.

Carson Goodale, FanFood, University of Iowa, IA
FanFood delivers a premium experience to fans through its mobile ordering platform by delivering concessions to their seats.

Chris Heckman, Setabis Marketing, Pennsylvania State University, PA
Setabis Marketing is a full-service digital marketing agency specializing in e-commerce sales, lead generation, and brand strategy.

Haley Heeg, Rosebud Bloom Boutique, Trinity Christian College, IL
Rosebud Bloom Boutique and Consulting offers unique and affordable apparel and consulting services for women of all ages in the beauty pageant and entertainment sector of life through online platforms.

Adam Hoffman, CheckTheQ, Washington University in St. Louis, MO
CheckTheQ delivers real time alerts on security line length so airports and facilities can improve operations and reduce average wait times.

Victor Hunt, Paragon Real Estate Technologies, Inc., Yale University, CT
Paragon is an online marketplace that makes it faster and cheaper to find contractors, compare bids, and manage projects through completion.

Conrad Kimball, UNICO Marketing LLC, California State University, Fresno, CA
UNICO Marketing LLC is a Snapchat marketing agency providing businesses with an avenue to successfully market to millennials.

Hannah King, Woven Futures Co., Florida State University, FL
Woven Futures preserves culture and combats poverty through artisan-crafted fashion. It sources global goods to create jobs and share culture with the world.

Ryan Lupberger, Cleancult, Babson College, MA
Cleancult makes household green cleaners that don’t suck. Cleancult is introducing the next generation of green cleaners for millennials.

Christopher Roche, RecruitChute LLC, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, WI
RecruitChute is an online social platform to connect aspiring youth athletes with college coaches and recruiters. RecruitChute is starting by revolutionizing the collegiate soccer recruiting process.

Katarina Samardzija, Locker Lifestyle LLC, Grand Valley State University, MI
Locker Lifestyle™ has three products providing small storage to safely stash small valuables such as cash, keys, an ID, phone, and more. The Wrist Locker, Little Locker and Head Locker provide protection and convenience.

Omeed Shams, Kwest, University of Texas at Dallas, TX
Kwest is an augmented reality gaming platform, enhancing the world around us through choose-your-own-adventure style experiences.

Danya Sherman, KnoNap, LLC, The George Washington University, DC
KnoNap, the napkin that knows, is a discreet, disposable device that detects selected dangerous chemicals within a beverage.

Mikayla Sullivan, KinoSol SBC, Iowa State University, IA
KinoSol is on a mission to end global food waste. Its first product, a solar-powered food dehydrator, is helping families in 40+ countries.

The 2018 Fellows represent Future Founders’ fourth Fellowship cohort. See graduates from the first three cohorts at

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