Congratulations to 2018 Outstanding Student Entrepreneur Mishika Narula!
The 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.
Mishika’s journey in entrepreneurship started when she was 14 with Power of Pops, a venture in which she raised over $35,000 by baking and selling cake pops to support recreational programs for the special needs community in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
Her entrepreneurial spirit and desire to shape change remained strong when she came to Santa Clara University.
At SCU, Mishika joined the Social Innovation Initiative in India (SIII) as student lead. Over a 3-year period, the proposal aimed to leverage the assets of the Leavey School of Business and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, including students, GSBI Alumni, and GSBI mentors, to scale social impact by replicating validated social enterprise models and technological innovations throughout India.
During her junior year, Mishika interned with Vyu Labs, a software development company where she coordinated social media marketing and advertising. Mishika realized the most effective way for her to return measurable digital growth-based results would be by engaging SCU students. In two weeks after Vyu Labs approval, she met with and onboarded Leavey School of Business Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley who, in turn, virtually connected with SCU students, faculty, and alumni using Vyu Lab’s Startime app.
Most recently, Mishika took on the role of president of Santa Clara Consulting (SCC), the University’s student-run consulting team. Here, she has been committed to add value to startups and not-for-profits in the Bay area by offering implementable and innovative recommendations. Santa Clara Consulting has inspired Mishika to form a shared vision for student consultants and entrepreneurs and to create relentlessly and without limits.
Mishika is graduating with honors with a major in Commerce and a minor in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, she will begin a full-time position with Deloitte as a Market Development Specialist. She will receive the CIE Outstanding Student Award at the Leavey School of Business Senior Awards Ceremony on June 15, presented by Dr. Jennifer Woolley, Management Department Chair.
2017 Outstanding Student Entrepreneur
THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR AWARD is presented by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the graduating student enrolled in the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program in recognition of significant achievements in the program and acknowledgment of accomplishments in entrepreneurship.
This year, 2017, we are excited to present the award to Karlsen Termini.
Karlsen is graduating with a Major in Marketing and a Minor in Entrepreneurship. He is the founder of Rowing Career Connect, a non-profit organization connecting current and alumni rowers from SCU to encourage mentoring and career development. After he graduates, Karlsen will be joining the start-up Birddogs Shorts in New York City.
Marco Ciccone Names 2016 Outstanding Student Entrepreneur
Congratulations to 2016 Outstanding Student Entrepreneur Marco Ciccone! 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.
Marco Ciccone is graduating in June with a Major in Finance, a Minor in Entrepreneurship and a member of the California Program for Entrepreneurship 2015 Cohort-he's also CEO and Co-Founder of app sensation Spree. Marco, together with his co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Riley Parsons, developed a free app that is a micro-community platform connecting only SCU students, faculty and staff for a sustainable solution to buying, selling, and trading goods and services.
How it Works: Safe, secure app to buy, sell or trade with the SCU-community via the easy-to-use iPhone app. Users are only permitted to use the application after verifying their e-mail address, so you can undoubtedly trust that this is a strict Bronco-to-Bronco exchange! With Spree's microcosmic approach, students, faculty, and staff need not travel far to buy or sell used goods, cutting down on wasted transportation costs and energy used when searching for similar items on websites like Craigslist or Close5.
The following is an excerpt taken from an article written by Sustainability Intern Alec Kwo '16 entitled:
For a university that already strives to promote sustainability, be it in efficient transportation, supporting local economies, conscious consumerism, and reducing, reusing, recycling, and respecting our stuff, Spree is an all-in-one promoter of the values that we abide by at SCU. Products’ life cycles can dramatically be extended and put to good use by people in your own community, allowing for you and anyone else who may buy your used goods to get the best value for whatever you originally bought.
Listings appear similarly to Facebook’s scrolling Newsfeed with a picture, short description, and price for the good or service. Users can click on posts and begin internal messaging within the app with the seller and coordinate logistics and negotiate prices. There are currently 400+ users on Spree, so do your part to support your fellow Broncos and download the Spree - Student Marketplace app, which won the 2015 CIE Business Plan Pitch Competition Grand Prize! Not only will you rid yourself of unused things that you’ve accumulated over time, you will be promoting and embodying what it means to be sustainable. Keep those goods out of landfills and creating a safe, hyper-local place of commerce. It’s a win-win-win situation, so what are you waiting for?
- CIE $5,000 Business Plan Competition
- Santa Clara Magazine, Businesses Launching Here (March, 2016)
- Leavey School of Business Article (January, 2016)
Active in CIE Enrichment Opportunities like our quarterly Office Hours for Entrepreneurs, Marco and his team has met with multiple alumni CIE Office Hours providers to discuss Spree. The CIE also was pleased to feature the Spree duo at well-received presentations to the CIE Advisory Board and as a part of the CIE presentation at SCU's Family Weekend, showcasing student startups. The team is already giving back to the University by providing internship and career opportunities for fellow students. He is indeed a shining example of what entrepreneurship at Santa Clara can do for our communities.
Marco will receive this award at the Leavey School of Business Senior Awards Ceremony on June 10, Mayer Theater, presented by Dr. Jennifer Woolley, Management Department Chair.