Rico Mok Named
Congratulations to 2015 Outstanding Student Entrepreneur Rico Mok! This honor is awarded annually by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to a graduating student enrolled in the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program in recognition of significant achievements in the program, acknowledgment of accomplishments in entrepreneurship and the promise of future success.
While still in high school, Rico Mok was already working on his own venture. When he arrived at Santa Clara University, he was active in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs and the momentum continued.
He continued working on his initial startup, BuildACircle as it evolved into Moments-Remembering the past, www.ourmoments.co. An app launched in 2012 that helps you reminisce the past with the use of location--your photos and moments captured in time to share and remember. Then when you pass by places you've been, you'll receive a notification with your photos and memories to enjoy all over again.
Knowing that one startup wouldn't be enough to satisfy his enthusiastic passion for entrepreneurship, Rico co-founded OneRent, onerent.co, in 2014 with fellow Broncos Greg Toschi, Evan Huang, and Chuck Hattemer. OneRent is a Silicon Valley startup at heart, originally launched as a leasing website to serve college students looking for off-campus housing after being frustrated by the fragmented process in place. As time went on, OneRent recognized an opportunity with the current infrastructure of the property management industry and took it upon themselves to streamline the entire leasing and management experience to develop a platform to forever change how the industry of property management works.
In just 4 months of their initial launch at Santa Clara University, 150 properties in Santa Clara contracted with OneRent (70% of total availability), 200 tenant users during the 3 month beta, and 800 tenant users in one month since the full launch. Tenants and landlords alike enjoy the ease and peace of mind of OneRent's easy to use system, which processes signatures digitally through DocuSign, and partners with more than 20 major banks for online rent and deposit transfer-more secure and convenient than checks.
Active in CIE Enrichment Opportunities like our quarterly Office Hours for Entrepreneurs, Rico and his team has met with multiple alumni CIE Office Hours providers to discuss OneRent. The CIE also was pleased to feature the OneRent team at well-received presentations to the CIE Advisory Board and as a part of the CIE presentations at SCU's Family Weekend, showcasing student startups. TheOneRent team also participated in CIE's Startup Expo career and internship fair open to area startups, already giving back to the University by providing internship and career opportunities for fellow students.
Rico is graduating with a major in Management Information Systems. He is indeed a shining example of what entrepreneurship at Santa Clara can do for our communities.
He will receive this award at the Leavey School of Business Senior Awards Ceremony on June 12 with a presentation by John Toppel, Dean's Executive Professor of Management. Congratulations!