Alumni Startup Showcase


Sunday, December 8
Olson Commons

Hear from 10 extraordinary Wes grads who founded or run their own ventures. This inaugural Startup Showcase will include stories about startup life, an unprecedented opportunity to mingle with inspiring young entrepreneurs, and hearty snacks and coffee to fuel your Reading Period work. Registration is strongly suggested!


drivechangeJORDYN LEXTON ’08
Founder of Drive Change

Drive Change broadens opportunities for young people coming out of adult jail and prison to help lead them to crime-free lives and bright futures.


InventureAJAY RAJANI ’06
Vice President of Growth of Inventure
InVenture is a mobile-first technology company that provides simple credit scoring and accounting tools to emerging markets. Our solutions target the >4 billion people across the globe currently lacking a credit score, and the rapidly growing number of lenders desperate to find them.


Co-Founder and director of Hatua Likoni
Hatua Likoni is a community NGO working to reduce unemployment and poverty in Likoni, Mombasa. Through scholarships, mentoring, career guidance, a community resource center and library, a football league, and civic education initiatives, Hatua helps Likoni’s top students contribute to and benefit from Kenya’s growing economy.


CEO of MyProject, Inc. is a social collaboration platform. We use artificial intelligence to help project teams leverage the expertise and interests of people in their social and professional networks to help build new things. As teams work, we build a community around them of peers, mentors, friends, family and fans.


CEO of is a free student-to-student textbook marketplace wrapped inside a price-comparison engine.  We facilitate local transactions where sellers earn more and buyers spend less, while staying local and green.  We partner with Amazon, Chegg, and others to find the lowest price when no on-campus deals are available.

CEO and founder of Givkwik Inc.
Givkwik is a technology platform that connects businesses with the causes you love. For businesses, we make it a snap to get employees and customers involved in corporate philanthropy. For nonprofits, we make it easy to promote their missions and find new donors and corporate sponsors.


Founder and CEO of MINDS Foundation
The MINDS Foundation is committed to a grassroots approach to eliminate stigma and provide educational, medical, and moral support for patients with mental illness in rural India.


EcoAfricaMUFARO DUBE ’08
President and CEO of Eco Africa Social Ventures
Eco Africa Social Ventures helps communities living in poverty to launch or expand sustainable crafting enterprises. By offering financial assistance, operational support and access to global markets, we create pathways to economic empowerment and build stronger communities.


GatherwellCYNTHIA JAGGI ‘00
Founder of Gatherwell
Gatherwell is the Think + Do Tank for Practical Idealists.Our mission is to organize and empower Practical Idealists to help solve the world’s biggest problems.


BrighterDawnsTASMIHA KHAN ‘12
Founder and CEO of Brighter Dawns
Brighter Dawns is a non-profit organization committed to resolving health issues in slum communities in Bangladesh. Our current goal is to make improve health and quality of life for residents of Ward 12 in Khalishpur, Khulna. Our current project addresses clean water access and lack of sanitation, by repairing and maintaining tube wells and sanitary latrines, as well as holding health seminars to teach women and schoolchildren the importance of basic sanitary practices such as hand-washing.


Sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Wesleyan Career Center, and the Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society (WES2).


Jelisa Adair

I am the Civic Engagement Fellow for 2013-2014. While a student at Wesleyan I double majored in Psychology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and completed a joint thesis during my senior year. I am interested in issues of social justice, mental health, media, and global welfare.