What is Founders?
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What is Founders?

Founders is an initiative that connects founders with highly motivated USC students interested in entrepreneurship.

Why does Founders matter?

Founders brings USC students the opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs and hear their stories. This initiative is uniquely equipped to inspire and empower students, by connecting them directly with successful entrepreneurs. Students ask logistical questions, hear about startup stories, and learn life lessons.

Link to Mission:

  • We inspire a culture of innovation by exposing students to explore living examples of successful entrepreneurs.
  • We expose students to their creative potential by giving them the opportunity to meet and ask questions to successful company founders.
  • We connect makers across diverse communities by bringing students interested in entrepreneurship together with founders through fireside chats and mixers.

GT Dave responds to a question from Gitika, a previous Founders committee lead
GT Dave responds to a question from Gitika, a previous Founders committee lead
Part of the crowd at the GT Dave Founders event
Part of the crowd at the GT Dave Founders event
Attendees at the GT Dave event posing with GT's Raw Synergy blue kombucha
Attendees at the GT Dave event posing with GT's Raw Synergy blue kombucha

What do students learn as part of the committee?

Join Founders if you're interested in learning about:

  • Emailing, cold calling, and getting in touch with founders/guest speakers!
  • Event planning
  • Marketing
  • Outreach

In the past, we have brought in Jamie Siminoff (founder of Ring) , Ben Hantoot (co-founder of Cards Against Humanity), and Elon Musk (when Lavalab was under Spark SC).

We currently have received interest from several accomplished entrepreneurs:

  1. Wong Fu Productions (Asian-American Production Company)
  2. Ziad Ahmed (Co-Founder of JUV Consulting)
  3. Cody Ko (Youtuber)

Metrics for Impact

We measure our success with a few different "thermometers."

  • Value that the speaker brings our students
  • # of student guests
  • Marketing to a diverse community
  • Providing a unique opportunity for our students

Personal Note (from Fall 2019 Co-Leads):

Rem: "My first semester working with Founders was incredible. I found it really inspiring to hear success stories, both traditional and not, from founders of large companies to founders of smaller startups. I wanted to lead so I could not only help initiate this process, but also to push our initiative toward building a community of like-minded students and founders at USC”

Dillon: "I wanted to connect high-impact speakers to highly motivated USC students. I am looking forward to see the speaker events come to fruition!"