College students in the US always have many tasks to deal with, including school work, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. In fact, there’s so much to do that more than 55 percent of students get fewer than seven hours of sleep.
“The traditional means of getting information were just adding to my stress level. And my own experience of struggling and trying to keep up everything was exhausting and incredibly trying.” said ANTrepreneur Esosa Agbonwaneten, founder and CEO of Bulletin, a mobile platform that keeps students organized and up-to-date with all the latest course news. “It’s not only study for the class, but how to make sure that you are doing the right things at the right time to move to the next level.” Staying organized and scheduled is important for college students living a stress-free life.
Launching a startup is never a simple task for college students. Originally a UCI Biology Science major, Esosa switched to Public Health and minored in Digital Information Systems & Anthropology after consulting with professors and realizing that she needs to accommodate for business and coding skills to start and develop her idea in her senior year.
Meanwhile, David Ochi, Executive Director of UCI ANTrepreneur Center, encouraged Esosa to apply for the proper business competitions. To prepare for them, he helped her pitch and network with other skilled people.
The most valuable lesson Esosa gained was to ask help before you need help. For college ANTrepreneurs, surrounding yourself with a group with complementary and diverse skill sets could help reduce mistakes and promote your startup faster. Also having many different conversations with advisors and other competitors provides you more opportunities.
After one year of training by attending many business forums and competitions, Esosa and her team will focus on developing their application and then exploring fundraising opportunities with investors.
Article by Zejin (Lucy) Guo.