Yating Hu is an American Global Scholar. Yating holds a MS in electrical engineering and is currently pursuing a PhD in the same field both from Wayne State University. Her business idea, PiezoPowerTech, develops energy harvesters to replace batteries as power for small wireless devices. The prototype has passed lab and initial tests. She is working with potential customers on product development to align with industry standards. Yating is interested in learning the challenges faced by a CEO and strategic planning on new product development.
Brandon Iglesias is an American Global Scholar. Brandon is a graduate of the DOE:EERE National Geothermal Academy and holds a MS in finance and business administration from Tulane University and a BS in Chemical Engineering at LSU. Brandon’s business idea, ReactWell, converts coal, biomass and gas into crude oil and chemicals using a renewable process. Brandon is interested in cultivating key strategic relationships within the coal and mining industry, as well as natural gas operators, to assist in moving his technology into the marketplace, along with project management and execution.
Hunter Kiely is an American Global Scholar. Hunter holds a BA in business administration and science and technology management from William Jewell College. Hunter is currently in the architectural stage of developing a patient driven automated mobile interoperable closed loop medication management and adherence record system. Hunter is extremely interested in changing the healthcare system through scientific innovation, allowing chronically ill patients direct access to their medication data.
Wei Fong (Ian) Lim is a Singapore Global Scholar. Ian holds a BA in marketing from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and is currently an MSc candidate in Technopreneurship and Innovation at NTU. Ian's career path includes 10 years with the Republic of Singapore Navy and four years of entrepreneurial venture in the Singapore automobile industry and Southeast Asia motorsports arena. He currently is engaged in the research and development of electronic/electrical technology that can be installed in existing non hybrid cars to enhance fuel efficiency by 30%, and reduce environmental impact/carbon footprint. Ian is interested in learning research and development processes and methodologies on disruptive technologies in the automotive industry.
Michael Manalastas is a Singapore Global Scholar. Michael holds a BSc in business management from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He is currently an MSc candidate in Technopreneurship and Innovation at Nanyang Technological University. Michael's business idea, BookMed, is in the early stages of concept development and business model creation. BookMed is a mobile platform which allows patients to review and book appointments with a range of medical services. Michael is looking forward to being exposed to the U.S. entrepreneurial environment to amplify his learning and to equip him with the concrete experience and skills required to make a technology business successful.
Kyle Miller is an American Global Scholar. Kyle holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Georgetown University. Kyle is most familiar with the financial aspects of running a business. Kyle is currently in the testing stage of bringing the hunting and fishing guide industry online. He is interested in a high growth startup, which would assist him on how to test products, raise capital, marketing strategies, and building a team.
Marjolein Oomen is a Dutch Global Scholar. Marjolein holds a BA in event management from Utrecht School of Arts and is currently an MBA candidate (Business Administration: Strategy & Innovation) at the University of Groningen. Marjolein's customized online product business idea is in the concept phase. She is interested in increasing her knowledge of the processes needed to run a professional online business and the innovative customer approaches needed in building long term relationships with both designers and suppliers. Marjolein sees herself as a visionary entrepreneur, always looking for customer needs and how to match those needs with a business model that creates value.
Kelly Peeler is an American Global Scholar. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in history and economics from Harvard University. Kelly is in the design building stage of her product which will re-design the investment interface to make investing more accessible, social and cost efficient to young people. She is interested in learning more about online social brokerage solutions. Kelly would like to improve her ability to test and hire developers, manage projects between design and technical teams, and the process attached to legal documentation at each stage of the hiring process.
Eric San Giorgi is a Dutch Global Scholar. Eric holds a Bachelor's degree in business economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and is currently a candidate for a Master's degree in marketing. Eric previously interned at Unilever Europe and at Fizroy, a digital advertising agency. Eric is the founder of Superdik, a Dutch underground apparel brand that creates engaging experiences and interaction between fans through its products. Eric is interested in learning how to scale a business and increasing his skills in advance planning as he structures his business for the future.
Ilya Tabakh is an American Global Scholar. Ilya holds a MS in computer engineering and is currently a pursuing a PhD in environmental engineering both from the University of Kansas. Ilya is developing a software program to integrate existing and emerging technologies for the purpose of detecting audience reaction by utilizing physiological human metrics. Ilya is interested in private startup funding, concept valuation and the early capital landscape.
Samir Unni is an American Global Scholar. Samir holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Samir's engineering background has provided him with the technical know-how necessary to identify solvable problems. Samir has academic research experience in the fields of computational biology and biomaterials, as well as a strong programming and computer background. Samir would like to gain experience at an innovative biomedical company, as well as learn about the practical aspects of running a business in a real-world environment. He is particularly interested in learning how biomedical startups take a new product from the drawing board to market.
Landon Young is an American Global Scholar. Landon holds a MS in interdisciplinary ecological sciences and engineering and is currently pursuing a PhD in interdisciplinary ecological sciences and engineering both from Purdue University. Landon has a broad knowledge base covering business and science, being trained in interdisciplinary sciences and running a small business. Landon's business, World Help Solutions Inc. is a non-profit that empowers youth to solve global food, water and energy issues using science, engineering and design. Landon is interested in being exposed to the daily operations and management of a company and learning processes for strategic decision-making with an organization.