Meet the 2019 Emerging Founders

Introducing the twelve next-generation, innovative leaders selected for Emerging Founders. These undergraduates and recent graduates are working on ventures that address issues ranging from the pre-trail justice system, automation, homelessness, fashion, food, financial literacy, and more. Click the photo of each Founder to learn more about their venture.


Han Ju Seo

Founder, Asian Creative Network
Rising Senior, Washington University ST. LOUIS

Asian Creative Network is a platform that strives to inspire and elevate Asian creatives who want to explore and pursue their creative passions. 

Gregory Guggenmos

Founder & Executive Director, Community Bail Fund of North Texas
Recent Graduate, Southern Methodist University

Building a more just America by engaging and evolving the pretrial justice system by exposing flaws in pretrial detention.


Christian Lee

Head of operations, flame broiler
Recent graduate, university of southern california

Flame Broiler is a Korean-inspired quick-service restaurant franchise dedicated to serving healthy, quality, and delicious food at an affordable price.

April Chen

Co-Founder, Gentle
Recent graduate, Babson College

Gentle’s mission is to create opportunities for the integration of gentleness into our daily lives, communities and public engagement, through products, events and partnerships. 


MollyKate Cline

Founder, MollyKate Cline LLC.
Rising SENIOR, Columbus College of Art & Design

MollyKate Cline LLC. educates millennial women on environmental issues within the fashion industry, while providing consumers with US made eco-friendly alternatives. 

Will Long

Founder & CEO, Numinar
Recent Graduate, Harvard University

Numinar is an AI-powered grassroots outreach platform for political campaigns that's using technology to transform the way that our public leaders engage with their constituents


Rebecca Wong

Co-Founder & COO, Red Leader Tech
Stanford University

Red Leader is building the ultra-high resolution 3D sensors necessary for the safety and reliability of future automation and automated perception.

Rafael de la Vega

Founder & CEO, Salt Athletic
Rising Junior, University of Colorado

Salt Athletic is bringing fresh style and innovation to the athletic community because we love you. We currently create anti-odor, anti-bacterial athletic bags.


Brian Grasso

Founder, Simple Charity
Recent Graduate, Duke University

Simple Charity helps the local church practice solidarity with the global poor by engaging college students, conducting research, producing content, and simplifying generosity.

Grant means

Founder & Author, Start Now Press
Recent Graduate, Stanford University

Start Now Press seeks to educate and empower future generations as a new kind of publisher that specializes in financial literacy content for children.


Alexis cook

Co-Founder, unlocked
Recent Graduate, Vanderbilt University

Unlocked is an ethical jewelry brand that creates sustainable pathways out of homelessness by pairing employment with crucial resources like housing and financial training. 

Samuel Haynes

CEO & Lead Creative Designer, YWear
Harper College

Through creativity and positive messaging YWear creates a new path in fashion with an aim to empower people through what they wear.