OEI names seven graduate fellows in entrepreneurship for 2023

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The Graduate Entrepreneurship Scholarship helps promising graduate students from all disciplines pursue intensive entrepreneurial education.  Clockwise from top left: Angellina Treat, Nhiem Cao, Anthony Owura-Akuaku, Joshua D. Upshaw, Morgan Reese, Katherine Alejandra Miranda Munoz, Saja Alshafeay.


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The Graduate Entrepreneurship Scholarship helps promising graduate students from all disciplines pursue intensive entrepreneurial education. Clockwise from top left: Angellina Treat, Nhiem Cao, Anthony Owura-Akuaku, Joshua D. Upshaw, Morgan Reese, Katherine Alejandra Miranda Munoz, Saja Alshafeay.

Seven students received the prize Graduate Scholarship in Entrepreneurshipallowing them to pursue in-depth entrepreneurial training in a myriad of sectors, from agriculture and biomedical engineering to outdoor recreation and healthcare.

Led by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the scholarship program launched in 2021 and aims to support promising graduate students from all disciplines in pursuing scalable technology-based businesses. Fellows spend at least 20 hours per week in entrepreneurial activities and benefit from intensive mentoring and networking opportunities, access to startup funding, and business model development. During their first year of scholarship, renewable for a second year, most scholarship recipients pursue the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

Laura Moix, program manager for Biodesign sprints And graduate programs in OEIsaid these students play a “crucial role in advancing the university’s land-grant mission.”

“With the support of the Entrepreneurial Fellowship, these talented innovators can focus on commercializing their ideas and providing solutions to real-world challenges facing Arkansans and beyond,” Moix said.

For Anthony Owura-Akuaku, the stock market is a “crucial stepping stone” to becoming a socially conscious entrepreneur. Owura-Akuaku strives to prioritize sustainability and outdoor recreation as catalysts for progress in Ghana and across Africa.

“The fellowship represents a valuable opportunity for me to work towards my overarching goal: to establish myself as a successful entrepreneur at the intersection of business, innovation, sustainability and law,” said Owura-Akuaku .

Katherine Alejandra Miranda Munoz will use the scholarship to pursue her passion: improving livestock medical care.

“I look forward to finding practical ways to apply advanced biomedical technologies to improve veterinary care for farm animals,” Munoz said.

“My passion lies in developing and commercializing advanced drug delivery solutions, such as microneedle patches, to improve the welfare of farm animals, which aligns with my long-term entrepreneurial vision of to create effective solutions for the veterinary healthcare sector. »

The fellows, listed below, will devote at least 20 hours per week to their entrepreneurial activities:

Katherine Alejandra Miranda Munoz

  • Program of Study: College of Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Discipline: biomedical engineering

  • Educational advisor: Jorge Almodovar

  • Entrepreneurial focus: Discover practical ways to apply advanced biomedical technologies to improve livestock veterinary care.

Saja Alshafeay

  • Program of Study: College of Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Discipline: biomedical engineering

  • Educational advisor: Leonard Harris

  • Entrepreneurial Focus: Using computational modeling to enable researchers and healthcare professionals to make informed, data-driven decisions, leading to new scientific discoveries, increased operational efficiencies, and better patient outcomes.

Nhiem Cao

  • Program of Study: Sam M. Walton College of Business, Master of Science in Product Innovation

  • Discipline: strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation in venture capital

  • Educational advisor: Justin Urso

  • Entrepreneurial orientation: Pursue and evaluate new innovations in the medical industry.

Anthony Owura-Akuaku

  • Program of Study: Walton College of Business, Master of Finance; Faculty of Law, LL.M. candidate

  • Discipline: finance

  • Educational advisor: Cash Acrey, Susan Schneider

  • Entrepreneurial Focus: Identify and prioritize sustainability and outdoor recreation as catalysts for progress in Ghana and across Africa.

Morgan Reese

  • Program of Study: Walton College of Business, Master of Science in Product Innovation

  • Discipline: product innovation

  • Educational advisor: Justin Urso

  • Entrepreneurial Focus: Improving the cycling and outdoor experience for marginalized groups through modification of safety equipment.

Angellina Treat

  • Program of Study: Walton College of Business, Master of Business Administration

  • Discipline: entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurial orientation: Pursue the commercialization of environmentally friendly technologies, particularly clean water and biofuels.

Joshua D. Upshaw

  • Program of Study: Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Discipline: psychology

  • Educational advisor: Darya L. Zabelina

  • Entrepreneurial focus: using technological innovations to optimize holistic well-being through the integration of health data from subjective experiences and objective biophysiological measurements.

Priority for the scholarship is given to students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree, but students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship as an independent program you can also apply. Full-time graduate students are eligible for a graduate assistantship, if necessary, and a $10,000 stipend for master’s students or a $12,000 stipend for doctoral students.

THE Kaneaster and Ruth Lindley Hodges The scholarship is awarded annually to three outstanding full-time doctoral students, bringing their stipend to $22,000. Part-time students and those pursuing a certificate as an independent program are eligible for a fixed scholarship of $15,000 for those at the master’s level and $17,000/year for those at the doctoral level.

About the University of Alberta Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation creates and organizes innovation and entrepreneurship experiences for students across disciplines. Through the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub, McMillon Innovation Studio, Startup Village, and Greenhouse at the Bentonville Collaborative, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers free workshops and programs, including design teams of social and business innovation, business internships, competitions and startup coaching. A unit of the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Division of Economic Development, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation also provides on-demand support to students who will be innovators within existing organizations and to entrepreneurs who start something new.

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