The importance of summer internships for MBA students is the focus of a U.S. News article, “Develop Skills in Classes, Clubs for an MBA Internship,” that taps Olin’s Mark Brostoff for some his expertise on how to prepare for an

Wash U senior Jolijt Tamanaha is one of six women to receive a $50,000 equity investment grant and support from the new St. Louis-based Prosper Accelerator. The entrepreneurs selected for the inaugural class will take part in a three-month program that includes training, mentoring, and a curriculum designed specifically to help women scale their businesses and raise follow-on capital.

Olin alumni, professors, and lecturers are playing important roles in the Prosper organization that was created in 2012 to address the entrepreneur gender gap in the St. Louis region.

  • Dr. Mary Jo Gorman, EMBA’ 96, is overseeing the accelerator program as a Prosper Capital Managing Partner.
  • Kasey Joyce Grelle, MBA’14, Prosper Capital Venture Partner and Principal at Cultivation Capital, will be a mentor to the new accelerator entrepreneurs.
  • Maxine Clark is a Prosper Capital Managing Partner and mentor. The founder and former Chief Executive Bear, Build-A-Bear Workshop, is a frequent lecturer at Olin and co-taught a course last semester on women and leadership with Prof. Michelle Duguid.
  • St. Louis-based venture capital firm Cultivation Capital, co-founded by Cliff Holekamp, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship, provides back-office support to the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator.
  • Peter Finley, Former CFO at Observable Networks and Pulse Therapeutics, Co-founder, Thompson Street Capital Partners, is a an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Olin and will serve as an accelerator mentor.
Farmlicipty co-founders Joljit Tamanaha and Drew Koch

Farmlicipty co-founders Joljit Tamanaha and Drew Koch

Jolijt Tamanaha exited from her first venture, Farmplicity last year. (Farmplicity was launched in Olin’s Hatchery class.) Her new startup, Champio is a platform on which a company’s employees compete to share the best/most relevant social media posts about the business.

Applications for the Spring 2015 Prosper Accelerator class came from over nine countries on four continents and represented a variety of industries. In addition to Champio, the members of the class include:

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KiteReaders designs, develops and distributes e-books and apps for children ages 3 to 8.

Wondermento is building a new way to track your dog’s activity and to know what they are up to at all times digitally and through their hardware design.

Bookalokal is a marketplace for food entrepreneurs to list their services available for sale (out of their home) and to connect with customers looking for a unique dining experience.

HealthyMe platform design has five key elements to address the non- compliance issue and patients’ lack of resources to effectively manage their disease on a daily basis, the key problems of patients who have chronic disease.

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SmartMonitor created SmartWatch®, an intelligent wristwatch that continuously monitors movement, developed for people prone to epilepsy and seizure disorders.

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“Bringing people together for a better world,” is an overarching goal for corporate giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, according to Rainer Meyrer, the company’s Global Director, Beer & Better World.  Meyer was a guest speaker in Prof. Martin Sneider’s MGT 529 class, Management and Corporate Responsibility.

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Watch video about AB Inbev’s Better World corporate responsibility initiatives here.

While there are many definitions of a better world, Meyrer spoke about AB InBev’s three pillars of what many would call corporate social responsibility:

  • Responsible Drinking
  • Environment
  • Community

The main goal in each of the areas is problem reduction, and as a company, AB InBev believes it has a responsibility, as people and citizens, to participate in making a better world.

Educating people across the globe about designated drivers, water conservation, agricultural development, and watershed protection are just a few of the projects Meyrer explored with the class.

He also was clear that AB InBev is not the solution to all problems, but can certainly be part of the solution.

Invisible Boyfriend, a startup that was launched at St. Louis’ Startup Weekend in 2013 and includes Kyle Tabor, PMBA’13, as a cofounder, was featured on NBC’s TODAY show Jan. 22. The service allows customers to create a pretend boyfriend or girlfriend who “exists” on social media including text and phone messages sent to the customer. A TODAY show staffer signs up and gets an Invisible Boyfriend in this video clip.



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When we profiled Jason Wang in the 2011 OlinBusiness magazine as an up and coming New York-based restauranteur/entrepreneur, he had already opened four new locations for his family’s Xi’an Famous Foods Chinese eateries. This month, The Wall Street Journal updates Jason’s success with 10 locations and his friendship with a celebrity chef who helped put his food venture on the map. Read, “Anthony Bourdain Boosts Xi’an Famous Foods,” here.

Keep up the great work, Jason!

Image: John Barth, OlinBusiness Magazine 2011

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