Congratulations to 4 Scholarship Recipients from the First Generation to College Founders Fellowship

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The First Generation to College Founders Fellowship provides training and mentorship to student entrepreneurs at NYU, and will also have the opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 scholarships! This Fellowship is sponsored by Santander through their Santander’s Universities program.

This semester, the Fellows attended an Orientation and met with Wayne Mackey (GSAS '16), Co-Founder of Statespace, in an “Ask Me Anything.” The Fellows learned Project Management skills from Communications Manager, Carol Ourivio (Steinhardt ‘16 and Wagner ‘23). They participated in a Pre-Bootcamp workshop where they worked on their business thesis and learned about problem-solution fit. Riley Jones (Law ‘20), Founder of Sector Software and Founder in Residence, shared his best practices on seeking grant funding opportunities. We greatly appreciate our guest speakers for taking the time to support our Fellows. The Fellowship concluded with a Lessons Learned & Final Presentations. 


Join me in congratulating the 4 First Fellows who were awarded $5,000 in scholarships:


Daniel Caicedo (CAS '24), Co-Founder of UpSide: a platform aimed at democratizing secondary private equity by providing secure, efficient and accessible transactions between current private equity holders looking to make an exit with potential secondary accredited retail investors.

Estella Struck (Gallatin '24), Founder of Estella Struck Marketing: an agency that helps established sustainable businesses expand their Gen Z reach using social media and short form video content in order to create authentic connections with consumers that convert.

Neev Mittal (Courant ‘22), Co-Founder of CoStudy: the next generation of peer evaluations that provide customizable, research-based insights for professors in higher education.

Safi Jami (SPS '22), Founder of BlushRush: the all in one social media platform for all makeup enthusiasts that allows networking between makeup gurus as well as amateurs.