Sarah Kellogg, Young Entrepreneur
Clarkson University engineering and management student Sarah Kellogg '18 is turning a project into a business with the help of the Young Entrepreneurs Program. Kellogg, from Binghamton, N.Y., began building a portable photo booth with her dad for fun before she came up with the idea to start her own business. This summer, she successfully filed for an LLC.
"Halfway through this project, I realized we could make this our own business and we can rent it out to people," she said. "Now I'm getting my name out there, and it's really starting to pick up at Clarkson."
Evan Jennings, Young Entrepreneur
Evan Jennings, a home-schooled high school student from Lowville N.Y., was named the winner of the Young Entrepreneurs Award. Jennings won the Young Entrepreneurs Award for his business the E3cubestore Rubik's Cube and Puzzle Shop. The business is an e-commerce site that sells puzzle cubes designed for speed solving and competition. He will begin as a freshman at Clarkson in the fall.
"Recognizing an opportunity in the puzzle cube market, Evan started E3Cube store when he was just fifteen years old," says Erin Draper, director of operations of the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship. "He embodies the traits we look for in a young entrepreneur -- passion, strategic thinking and a deep understanding of his market. We were impressed by his ambition and his entrepreneurial achievements to date and are looking forward to helping him realize even greater potential as part of the Young Entrepreneurs Program."
Find E3Cube Store online at: http://www.e3cubestore.com/
Briar Bonadonna, Young Innovator
Honeoye Falls-Lima High School student Briar Bonadonna of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., was named the winner of the Young Innovators Award. Bonadonna was named the winner of the Young Innovators Award for her business idea the PodBottle. She has a provisional patent on the innovation, which is a bottle that can store your keys, phone, etc. She will begin as a freshman at Clarkson in the fall.
"Briar Bonadonna brings an enthusiasm and passion for her technology and the process of commercialization to the Young Innovator’s Program," says Matt Draper, deputy director of the Shipley Center for Innovation. "Her professionalism and preparation set her apart in the competition and her innovation strikes at an everyday market need with tremendous potential for growth. We are excited to start working with Briar and are confident that her energy and vision will inspire others on campus to pursue their innovations."