9/18/14 | Business & Entrepreneurship
JWU Providence student Linda Garcia and 10 other college students from across Rhode Island have been named 2015-16 Changemaker Fellows by Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Founders League, two organizations dedicated to strengthening the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
SE Greenhouse created the fellowship program to “better integrate students and recent graduates into Rhode Island’s startup ecosystem, open entrepreneurship opportunities to new populations, and strengthen the flow of talent that drives startup success.”
The new fellows were announced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who noted, “Investing in the talented leaders of tomorrow is essential for our state to stay competitive in the global economy. The Changemaker Fellowship will help talented student entrepreneurs start and grow businesses here in Rhode Island.”
Founders League Director Melissa Withers called the 11 Fellows “incredible leaders.” She hopes that the Fellowship will build connections between RI’s college and university campuses, “even if only a few miles apart.”
In alphabetical order, the 2015-16 Fellows are:
- Nathalie Batista, Community College of Rhode Island
- Monica Canova, Roger Williams University
- Madeline Curto, Providence College
- Linda Garcia, Johnson & Wales University
- Octavian Goncalves, Rhode Island College
- Tim Levene, Bryant University
- Teri Minogue, Brown University
- Kyle Nacci, University of Rhode Island
- Tom Sulahian, New England Institute of Technology
- Dakota Williams, Salve Regina University
- William Zheng, Rhode Island School of Design
When asked for her personal definition of “changemaker,” Linda said, “Passion … and causing a positive impact in whatever you feel passionate about.” She holds an AS in Baking & Pastry Arts, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Food Service Entrepreneurship with a Sommelier minor. She is also president of Culinaria Latina, the Latin Culinary club.
The joint initiative has been made possible by a $200,000 Innovation Grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Pictured, l-r: L-R: Kyle Nacci, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce’s Janet Raymond, Octavian Goncalves (hidden), Tim Levene, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Natalie Batista, Linda Garcia (in magenta shirt), Dakota Williams, Teri Minogue, Madeline Curto, Monica Canova, William Zheng, Tom Sulahian.