Avelyn Austin is one of those rare people who not only knew from a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up, but actually saw that young dream through. Even before she arrived at James Madison University, she was learning about the industry and honing her marketing skills. A DECA program at her high school in Roanoke, VA provided a first glimpse into the world of business and entrepreneurship, and she liked what she saw.
Venga Co-Founder and CEO Sam Pollaro needed Barack Obama to convince him to take the entrepreneurial leap. Ok, not directly, but in a round-about way. In 2009 the company Pollaro was working for closed down when its managing director was asked to join Obama’s administration.
Jere Simpson, CEO and founder of KITEWIRE Mobility, believes in making the most of opportunities and resources. The KITEWIRE Mobility brand takes inspiration from Benjamin Franklin, whose amazing accomplishments as an inventor came after failures both as a businessman and a scientist. KITEWIRE Mobility shares this scrappy perseverance to keep trying new ventures even after electrocuting yourself.