2019 Fellows

We're helping passionate entrepreneurs transform their ideas and existing work into sustainable ventures that create positive social change. Meet our new Summer 2019 Fellows!

Economic Development

Sarah Huaman

Casselberry, Florida

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Sarah Huaman believes that everybody deserves to feel worthy of honor, respect, and love.  As the founder of Love, Cookies she is fully committed to engage in the lives of teens to give them tools, experiences and relationships to empower them to make better opportunities for themselves.  She has been teaching for 15 years across all different education levels, in different capacities and in different socioeconomic environments.  She understands the difficulties and joys in working with a teen population.  Sarah earned her bachelor's in biological sciences from Michigan Technological University and a master's in science education from University of Central Florida. She is a mother of three strong and creative girls.  Sarah understands that it is her job to discover the good, the true and the beautiful in everything and that extravagant love can do marvelous things.

Love, Cookies, Inc.

Love, Cookies provides marketable training, employment and relationships to teens with barriers to employment so they can create better opportunities for themselves.  We will be a nonprofit cookie bakery and food truck operating out of the Sanford, FL community.

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Education

Julia Dexter

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Story

Julia Rivard Dexter is an innovative tech entrepreneur and former Olympian and mother of 4. She has lead several successful technology ventures, including as CEO of SheepDogInc.ca, Google’s first North American premier GoogleApps partner. Currently, Julia is Co-Founder and CEO of Squiggle Park which aims to improve literacy rates for children worldwide. In 2019, Squiggle Park was the winner of the Future of Education Technology most innovative technology in Orlando, Florida. Julia was honored with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2014 and in 2015 she was awarded the BMO Global Growth and Innovation Award. Currently, Julia is a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Round Table for the Digital Industries and recognized as one of Canada’s Inspiring 50 Women in STEM.

Squiggle Park | Dreamscape

Squiggle Park | Dreamscape is a global literacy platform providing universal access to learning through digital games designed with proven efficacy empowering players to unlock their potential through play.

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Education & Economic Development

Jamela Peterson

College Park, Georgia

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Jamela Peterson is an entrepreneur and global citizen, leveraging social enterprises to build a greater humanity. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Davidson College and was a recipient of the Arnold Snider $200,000 full-merit scholarship. Jamela also has a diverse background in business, nonprofits, government, healthcare, and education— which ranges from spearheading neighborhood revitalization projects with Habitat for Humanity to conducting community health assessments at the Sedgwick County Health Department. In 2014, a business development internship with Afara Global sparked and shaped her passion for social entrepreneurship. In this position, she traveled to Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa to study business ecosystems and innovation in various incubators, hubs, and accelerators. Based on her education and experience, she built a platform and curriculum, geared towards K-12 students, to expose youth to entrepreneurship concepts at an early age. In 2016 she founded SocialPreneur Lab®  to give students the opportunity to experience social entrepreneurship by launching a startup of their own.

SocialPreneur Lab

SocialPreneur Lab provides a comprehensive curriculum and a web-based crowdfunding platform & online marketplace to help K-12 educators teach entrepreneurship in the classroom.

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Environmental Sustainability

Andis Diaz

Orlando, Florida

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With an MBA focused on Strategic Management and Leadership, Andis has served in Management roles for various companies; successfully developing and implementing business plans for numerous businesses.His background as an International Business Consultant for start-ups and franchisees has provided him a wealth of knowledge to ensure effective management and compliance, budgeting and projections, as well as implementing growth strategies to ensure success and profitability.It is in his latest endeavor in the real estate industry that Andis realized the lack of recycling and waste management services that he partnered with Tim to launch re:nü. Through the re:nü initiative, Andis hopes to be able to change consumers’ habits to create a sustainable future.

re:nü

re:nu was established to provide food waste and recycling services to Central Florida communities that can't currently do so. Through re:nu, we hope to educate and empower the population of the importance of sustainability, clean up landfills and waterways, produce clean energy and natural compost, and also rescue food to distribute to the hungry.

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Education

Renee Joseph

San Antonio, Texas

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Renee Joseph spent almost two decades in a battle to earn the college degree she felt she needed to pursue her dreams. A minority and low-income student raised in and out of the foster care system, Renee thought she was prepared for a challenging road through college. But she found herself stuck in a higher education system that was not equipped for the reality of her life, and she racked up student loan debt at four different for-profit universities. While building a successful career, raising two children and caring for a mentally disabled younger brother, Renee eventually found a university that gave her the support, counseling, mentoring and accountability that she needed. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in business and human resource management. Shortly after finishing that degree, she began an MBA program.Renee also knew that both of her children would need a post-secondary education to achieve their dreams. With her own student loans to pay back and retirement to save for, it wasn’t going to be possible for Renee to pay for their educations via traditional paths. Research into affordable alternatives left her frustrated; it was difficult to understand her options, many weren’t truly affordable and the education wasn’t always of good quality. And, Renee wondered, what about all the people who want to get an education but don’t have the support system that her children do?That was the catalyst for ecoEDI, a college accelerator designed specifically with socioeconomically disadvantaged students in mind.

ecoEDI

ecoEDI provides a college accelerator program supported by mentorship and career coaching, for socially and economically challenged students. Providing access to online, self-paced courses saving students half the time and over 60% in college tuition.

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Justice & Human Rights

Jennifer Foster

Orlando, Florida

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Jennifer Foster is the Founding Executive Director of One Orlando Alliance. Prior to accepting the ED position, Jennifer helped spearhead the formation and program development of One Orlando Alliance and was named Chair of the Board, by coalition members, during the formation process in 2017. She served solely in a volunteer capacity from 2016 until becoming Executive Director in October, 2018. In June of 2016, Jennifer was appointed by Mayor BuddyDyer to serve on the OneOrlando Fund board to help provide oversight of the funds donated to assist those directly affected by the Pulse tragedy. Jennifer has also served on the Advisory Council of the Orlando United Assistance Center, a collaboration between The City of Orlando, Orange County Government, and Heart of Florida United Way to connect those affected by the Pulse tragedy to community resources and support long-term recovery in the Orlando community, since inception.Jennifer is also the Owner/President of Foster Productions, Inc. - a video production company located in Orlando, Florida with clients around the globe. Over the past 25 years, she has written, produced, and directed projects for many of the most prestigious corporations in the world. Her portfolio includes a wide range of content including Commercial, Documentary, Interactive, Learning Development, Marketing, Animation, and Broadcast media. Foster Productions celebrates 20 years in business in 2019 and Jennifer now chooses to limit her work to projects that she feels makes the world a better place and do not distract from her work with One Orlando Alliance.

One Orlando Alliance

One Orlando Alliance unifies and empowers LGBTQ+ organizations in Central Florida. Central Florida serves as the model of nonprofits, businesses, philanthropies and government institutions working together to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive community for all LGBTQ+ people.

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