I wear several hats - a student, entrepreneur, and intern at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
I graduated in May 2010 with a BBA from the Ross School of Business, minor in Environmental Studies, and College of Engineering Certificate of Entrepreneurship. At the University, I was the president of the Net Impact Undergraduate chapter at the University of Michigan, leading and growing a group of students to use their careers to make a positive impact in the world. I completed a nine-month project on the voluntary carbon market (link to http://erb.umich.edu/Research/Student-Projects.htm), and I have advised individuals and organizations on carbon instruments. I have been recognized for my on-campus sustainability and entrepreneurship efforts, as a 2009 Graham Scholar, Dare to Dream grant award recipient, and 2009 Student Entrepreneur of the Year, among others. I have also been involved with the Sustainable Energy Fellowship (www.teachenergy.org) for over two years.
I have been pursuing entrepreneurial ventures since high school and my efforts have been awarded with grants and awards (including acceptance to the 2009 and 2010 Clinton Global Initiative and 2009 Lakeshore's Next Top Entrepreneur). I have completed business plans for, pitched, launched, and developed companies in the food and beverage and clean tech industries, and social ventures. I have grown my family’s Italian treats retail/catering business, Iorio's (www.iorios.com) since its launch. Currently, I am helping start-up companies in the clean tech, food and beverage, consumer products, and nonprofit sectors, while continuing to build the entrepreneurial community in Michigan.
At the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, I assist with the Capital Access Program, 21st Century and Venture Michigan Funds, and helped raise $12 million for the Michigan Supplier Diversification Fund. I organized the inaugural Entrepreneurial Tailgate, bringing together the Michigan entrepreneurial community, and continue to build the resources and programs for Michigan companies and entrepreneurs.