Building the next generation of entrepreneurs

Applications for the Entrepreneurial Fellowship are due to the Center for Career Development on Friday, February 12.

What does it take to become an entrepreneur?

Three Gettysburgians can answer that, having been awarded substantial financial prizes to kickstart their own entrepreneurial journey through the Center for Career Development’s Entrepreneurial Fellowship.

“When you believe in something, you’ve just got to go with it,” said Vitor Melo ’18. “I think an entrepreneur is someone who believes in something and wants to make it happen.”


Vitor Melo ’18

Melo was one of two recipients of the Entrepreneurial Fellowship in 2015. He invested both his own money and that of the fellowship to launch Trybo, a social networking app that allows people to form friendships around the globe.

His app, which has been available through the App Store and Google Play since October, has had more than 8,000 downloads.

Will Cauffman ’16 was the other 2015 Entrepreneurial Fellowship recipient. His business venture, Greenstone Aquaponics, creates visually appealing and affordable aquaponics systems for personal use. Not only has he brought on an additional employee and sold out of his stock since launching his business, but he has also attracted the attention of the Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology’s own aquaponics startup, Grove Labs.


Will Cauffman ’16

It is the mentorship these entrepreneurial fellows have received that has seen their business aspirations to fruition.

“The mentors to the Entrepreneurial Fellowship were great. They would listen to the issues that I had and offer a lot of great advice,” said Cauffman.

The mentors are made up of fellow Gettsyburgians, alums who have proven themselves as entrepreneurs and savvy business men and women.

“Actually having someone who has gone through the process themselves was a really great experience for me,” said Cauffman.


Wei Xiong ’15

Scholar Oasis founder Wei Xiong ’15, who won the inaugural year of the Fellowship, agrees. His company has facilitated the sale of textbooks for more than 600 people on 10 different college campuses.

“You have all of the people in the career center who will support you, all of the alumni who are involved – I’m really grateful for that,” Xiong said.

All of these student-entrepreneurs believe in one thing – that their ideas can make a difference in the world. Thanks to the support of the Gettysburg network, they are able to make those ideas a reality.

To learn more about the Entrepreneurial Fellowship mentors and other entrepreneurial alums, check out these profiles:

Tom Azelby ’86 on Gettysburg’s entrepreneurial edge

The 3% Conference: alum ignites spark for increasing female creative leadership

To live a life of meaning: Allan Kawala ’14 shares his focus of leadership

Launching a business, inspiring change

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Kasey Varner, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6806

Posted: Tue, 9 Feb 2016

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