Junior Fellow Cohort of Fall 2018

Learn more about SELL fellows and their project ideas made in their first semester
The Fall 2018 Junior Fellow Cohort worked to ideate unique social enterprise concepts throughout the 8-week problem-focused discovery phase of the SELL Fellowship Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Projects ranged from solutions tackling healthcare access for the homeless to reducing environmental degradation with plastic alternatives, all as students.
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Alex Street

Biomedical Engineering, 2021

Alex cares deeply about the homeless population in Austin and realizes one of their greatest needs is for food on a daily basis, yet even this one task can be a great challenge. Alex is working to create a venture that connects businesses with excess food to shelters and nonprofits that feed the homeless on a daily basis to prevent more food waste.</p> <p>

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Alyson Vargas

Comm. & Leadership, 2021

Alyson is incredibly passionate about how our choices can both positively and negatively affect our environment. She wants to create an afterschool program to help educate and empower middle school children to live in the most sustainable way they can and create programs at their own schools for a cleaner, healthier world.<br />

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Ashley Batjer

Chemical Engineering, 2020

Ashley has grown up desiring to be a doctor that changes the healthcare forever. One way she wants to do that is by creating a translation app that is specifically made for use in the medical field both visually and audibly translates in real time to provide doctors, patients, and everyone in between more accurate communication.<br />

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Dana Pierce

Business Management, 2021

Dana grew up in central Texas where many of her friends suffered from severe mental health issues. She wants to create an online platform called Spero that serves as an online treatment center available 24 hours a day for young adults in Central Texas who do not have access to mental healthcare.<br />

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Deepti Aravapalli

Plan II Honors & Business, 2022

Deepti wants to provide LGBTQ+ Individuals a safe space to come out by creating a weekend camping experience where families and LGBTQ+ individuals can come speak with professional counselors to foster connection, understanding, and acceptance in an often challenging time.

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Emily Brustein

Human Dimensions of Organizations Honors, 2022

Emily saw the deep flaws in our healthcare system that prevent people who are experiencing homelessness from getting access to medicine. She is creating a venture specializing in subsidized versions of ambulances for non-life-threatening conditions with drivers that have first-aid knowledge.<br />

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Eri-Ife Adepoju

Business Honors, 2022

Eri is incredibly passionate about empowering young people in her country just as she was. She wants to create a micro-enterprise incubator for displaces college graduates in her own country that provides seed-financing, business development consulting, and a community for the whole process.

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Hannah Harden

Interior Design, 2020

Hannah has worked with construction firms and has seen vast waste by-product in construction. She is working to help firms at the construction and deconstruction phase to implement resources and processes that are more sustainable and cost-effective.<br />

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Harrison Mark

Biochemistry, 2021

Harrison saw the flaws in the response time when UT has had a multitude of medical emergencies in the past. He wants to create an on-campus First Response Organization that utilizes students, quicker transport, and more efficient communication methods to reduce response time.<br />

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Jose Martinez

Plan II Honors, 2022

Jose is from El Salvador, where he has seen gang violence tear his community apart. Because of this, he wants to connect youth in gang communities in the US to college students to pursue mutual passion projects together while providing mentorship and community along the way.

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Kenneth Tsai

Business MIS, 2020

Kenneth noticed that most restaurant owners do not have more sustainable alternatives. Therefore, he created a biodegradable version of Boba straws for restaurants in Austin serving Boba to provide a cost-effective, eco-friendly alternative.<br />

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Kevin Khanna

Philosophy, 2022

Kevin has a deep love for learning and empower others around him to learn as much as they can. His venture focused on creating a sustainable mentor model for students in Austin High Schools to connect with UT students to receive mentorship, tutoring, and community based on common passions.<br />

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Luisa Vargas

Comm. & Leadership, 2021

Luisa has worked with environmental agencies for much of her life and found that people do not realize the impact that their decision can have on the environment. Thus came the idea for a festival to gather businesses, nonprofits, and individuals wanting to make a positive impact on the environment.<br />

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Nitant Patel

Business Finance, 2021

Nitant has always had a passion for displaced people and realized that there is a large population of refugees who have skills but no way to use them. So he decided to create an online platform that matches refugees skills and past experience to current business needs in Austin for sustainable employment.

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Obinna Akahara

Physics, 2021

Obinna loves to learn, but realizes that many of his friends back in Nigeria have not gotten the educational opportunities that he has. Therefore he desires to create a free online platform for educating, training, mentoring, and matching to current employers around Nigeria.<br />

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Oscar Lopez

Business Honors, 2022

Oscar realized there is a decreasing number on politically engaged students on campus, so Oscar is in the midst of creating the Tinder for political engagement. This app takes user data and outputs relevant representative, issue-focused information for that specific user to take action on.

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Rachel Schlesinger

Plan II Honors, 2022

Rachel believes the greatest gift we have is the Earth, so when she realized the effect that CO2 has on our environment, she decided to create 'Commute ATX' that help major companies in the Austin area carpool employees to save money, provide convenience, and take cars off the road to reduce CO2 emissions.

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Sofia Vega

Advertising, 2022

After working in a fast food restaurant, Sofia realized that many goods that can be recycled are thrown away, causing 25 million tons of waste to fall into the ocean. So she has created a platform that helps replace single-use plastic with biodegradable products in Austin quick-service restaurants.

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Vinayak Chatterjee

Business, 2022

In Vin's experience, many street dependent people are highly motivated and skilled, yet lack the opportunity for employment. He has created a networking platform for employers and people experiencing homelessness to meet, interview, and have substantiation behind an individual's resume.<br />

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Yoon Lee

Business MIS, 2020

Yoon has seen stress and anxiety destroy many of his friends' lives, and felt that he had to do something about it. He decided to create a dedicated program for people who have anxiety to receieve personalized coping techniques and community support to beat mental illness and increase their quality of life.

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Zach Epstein

Plan II Honors, 2021

The best lessons Zach has learned in his life have been through extracurricular activities, so when he realized that many children do not get to engage in after-school programs due to funding, he developed a mentorship, funding, and equipping program to provide schools with more after-school extracurriculars.