Entrepreneurship Articles & Blogs

Victoria Mariano stands in front of a brick building, her restaurant Bull Mansion, in downtown Worcester while holding onto an iron gate.
October 11, 2017
If Victoria Mariano ’08 had her way, she never would have attended college. “I wanted to open a business — a recording studio — right out of high school,” the entrepreneur recalls while sitting at a table in her restaurant, Bull Mansion New American Bistro in Worcester. “I took college-level business courses and wrote a...
Jason Feifer '02, editor-in-chief at Entrepreneur Magazine (Photo by Rachel Pradhan)
March 27, 2017
The most valuable lesson Jason Feifer ’02, editor-in-chief at Entrepreneur Magazine, learned while a Clark University student? Question everything. The advice has served him well as he’s navigated a writing and editing career through media outlets like the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Boston Magazine, Men’s Health,...
Delight Gavor
March 21, 2017
Delight Gavor ’16 lives by a lesson she learned at Clark University: To dream big, then never stop trying to turn those dreams into reality. Gavor, now working toward a master’s degree in education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, held true to that lesson as a Global Scholar pursuing a psychology...
Krissy Truesdale, founder of Solar For Our Superheroes stands outside at Clark University in Worcester
January 31, 2017
Clark University sophomore Krissy Truesdale lives each day to make the world a cleaner, greener and friendlier place. Solar for Our Superheroes (S4OS), the nonprofit she formed as a 16-year-old, is how she hopes to accomplish that. Truesdale, a Traina Scholar who’s planning to major in global environmental studies,...
Mohamed Elmaola '18 plays soccer on the Campus Green with a young person
December 20, 2016
On a cool, bright morning last April, Mohamed Elmaola ’18 found himself standing on a stage in Jefferson 320 speaking to a room filled with fourth and fifth graders from Columbus Park Preparatory Academy in Worcester. Wearing a Worcester Soccer House T-shirt, holding a soccer ball, he comfortably asked the more than 50...
Alexander Vesenka wants to create a makerspace on Clark University's Worcester campus.
October 25, 2016
When Alexander Vesenka ’18 isn’t busy making people laugh, he’s busy “making” in a whole different sense.
Oriola Koci
September 26, 2016
As it so often does, Clark University enjoyed a robust presence at the Worcester Business Journal's 17th annual "40 Under 40" awards program held Sept. 14 at Mechanics Hall. Launched in 2000, the awards honor business leaders under the age of 40 who are making an impact in the Central Massachusetts/MetroWest region. Among...
Radiant Sport
September 20, 2016
Raja Venkatachalam, M.B.A. ’16, always thought life was easy before starting Radiant Sport, his nonprofit sports organization focused on engaging people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. “When I interacted with orphans and the downtrodden, my perspective of life changed,” says Venkatachalam, who recently earned a degree...
Alum Gary Cohen-Macarthur is recognized for his work in health care and  on the environment
August 9, 2016
Gary Cohen ’78 is a genius. That’s what the MacArthur Foundation insists. Last year, Cohen was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and its accompanying monetary prize — commonly known as a “genius grant.” “I have a lot of trouble with this genius thing,” he admits. “I’m not a genius. I had a good idea and I’ve worked hard, and...
Millennial Train Project rail car
August 8, 2016
Vintage trains aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about social innovation and entrepreneurship. However, Clark University alumnus Harris Rollinger ’13, M.P.A. ’14, and the organizers of the Millennial Trains Project (MTP) would like to change that.
Charlie Bresler, M.A.’83, Ph.D.’84, walked away from a lucrative career and found a richer purpose
August 5, 2016
"You’re gonna like the way you look.” George Zimmer, the gravel-voiced founder and CEO of Men’s Wearhouse, delivered the line in countless television commercials that touted his clothing stores, punctuating each ad with the promise, “I guarantee it.” Zimmer peddled suits, slacks, shirts and ties with the fervor of a guy...
Freight Farms founder Brad McNamara with business partner Jon Friedman
August 1, 2016
Behind the closed doors of the nondescript trailer in a city parking lot, leafy lettuces and bushy herbs sprout from vertical rows of gutter-like panels. The plants are fed nutrient-rich water while dangling strands of blue and red LED lights bathe them in an otherworldly pink glow. 
Lelani Williams demonstrates her Sun Top Solar Cooker on a sunny day at Clark University in Worcester.
June 29, 2016
On a sunny day in Haiti, Lelani Williams, M.B.A./M.A. (CDP) '16, started crafting a recipe. She wanted to feed people devastated by natural disasters, but, more importantly, help them feed themselves more easily in the future. Her recipe didn’t use traditional ingredients. It consisted of equal parts hard work, inspiration...
Clark University students with urban farmers and college students from Bogota, Colombia
June 15, 2016
Millennials, now the “largest segment of the U.S. labor market,” have latched on to social entrepreneurship, seeking to use innovative ideas to solve the world’s most pressing problems, Forbes reports. They want to support and work for businesses and organizations that make a difference.
Carla Lee Perez
June 15, 2016
Carla Lee Perez ’19 traveled to Colombia recently as part of a Clark University social entrepreneurship project to assist the Fundación Mujeres Empresarias Marie Poussepin (or Marie Poussepin Women Entrepreneurs Foundation), a nongovernmental organization (NGO) based in Bogotá. The foundation helps women develop urban...
7 Continents, 1 Summer 2016 Logo
June 1, 2016
At the school’s 112th Commencement two Sundays ago, Clark University said farewell to more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students who took their diplomas and futures in their hands after years of hard work. We also said, “See you in the fall” to thousands more students who are still toiling away on their formal...
Delight Gavor speaks during Clark University's 2016 Reunion Weekend Friday Night Dinner
May 31, 2016
When she was considering Clark, Delight Gavor ’16 was skeptical that the University could live up to its motto, “Challenge Convention. Change Our World.” But her father wasn’t. “He said, ‘This is the place you should go,’” Gavor told the audience in her featured address at the May 20 Friday Night Dinner, a cornerstone of...
Thea Sahr - Clark University
April 24, 2016
Thea Sahr '86 describes her career path as "very Clarkie." Her professional experiences have been driven by her passions, her routes not especially linear. And "As I look back on it 30 years later, I see that I've had a series of interesting jobs that have turned out to be this really cool career," she says. Sahr is the...
April 8, 2016
From solar power to soccer, the winners of this year’s Clark University Ureka Big Idea Challenge are set to energize the world, quite literally, with their entrepreneurial ideas. The students — who range from a first-year to a graduate student — had five minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of accomplished alumni judges...
Produce at a supermarket
February 22, 2016
One in six Americans struggles with hunger. That's 49 million people. It's a disarming statistic, and it's also an unnecessary one, insists Doug Rauch, the former president of the Trader Joe's Company grocery chain.
January 7, 2016
Rebecca Liebman is shining a light in what some consider to be a most confusing place — financial literacy for 20-somethings — and the world is taking notice. The 2015 Clark graduate co-founded LearnLux, a free website that teaches millennials personal finance skills, with her brother Michael two years ago. Just this week...
September 30, 2015
Clark alumnus Gary Cohen is the recipient of one of 24 MacArthur Fellowships — commonly known as “genius grants” — from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Fellows each receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant for their cutting-edge work that is transforming their fields. Cohen, a 1978 graduate of Clark...
Forbes Most Entrepreneurial Universities 2015
July 30, 2015
For the second year in a row, Forbes has named Clark University as one the country's top 20 most entrepreneurial schools, appearing at No. 16 on its list of "Most Entrepreneurial Universities." The rankings appear in the August 17 print issue of Forbes. The list is based on the research universities' entrepreneurial ratios...
July 22, 2015
The Graduate School of Management and the International Development, Community, and Environment Department are proud to announce that two dual-degree graduate students have been chosen as Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps fellows this year. Christian Davies (MBA/MS-Environmental Science & Policy, ’16), and...
June 17, 2015
Delight Gavor '16 received $10,000 award from Davis Projects for Peace to share her "Butterfly Effect Program" with Ghanaian schoolchildren

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