We sat down with different members of the 2015 Future Founders Fellowship to hear all about their experiences as collegiate entrepreneurs and how the Fellowship helped accelerate their success. Interested in joining the 2018 cohort of Future Founders Fellows? Learn more here.
What is your business?
My business is IKG Property Maintenance, and we do environmental remediation work.
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned from the Fellowship?
The biggest thing I’ve learned from the program is definitely that we’re not alone as entrepreneurs. There are so many people that have all gone through the same thing. People see successful businesspeople and think they’re an overnight success, when it’s probably taken years to get there. Through the Fellowship program, you get to meet a whole bunch of people that are still going through it with you, and ultimately in a few years you can all look back and say it was worth it.
Why is having peer entrepreneurs important?
I think it’s really important to connect with fellow young entrepreneurs because it just gives us a sense of a community that we can rely on, and people that we can contact when we have questions, and really just get to meet people our age. It’s definitely one thing to go and meet an entrepreneur or businessperson that’s way older than you but it’s definitely cool to get to meet people that are your same age and talk to them about exactly what you’re going through and what you should do.
What advice would you give young entrepreneurs?
I would definitely give the advice to young entrepreneurs that it’s not going to be a one-night, one-month kind of deal to get your business, your idea, up there and started. It’s going to take years, if not longer, but just stick with it and accomplish something big.
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