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Mentoring Matching Engine Gears Up for Fall

Mentor Matching Engine

Would you like to help Illinois students perform research and get students interested in careers in R&D?

The Mentoring Matching Engine is here to provide you with that opportunity! If you are interested in participating, please write to us for additional information.

IMSA Alumni - Become Mentors! Request More Info Here

TALENT student a Google Science Fair Finalist

Google Science FairA Google's Global Science Fair finalist is one of IMSA TALENT's own!

Not only did Trisha Prabhu come away with first prize in Power Pitch this year, she is a finalist with her cyberbullying project, renamed ReThink, in Google's Science Fair. Watch here for information how to vote for her project.

See Trisha's Project:

She acknowledges TALENT for helping her develop her idea:

"I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank those that mentored me through my anti-bullying product prototype. As part of being an innovative and enterprising 13 year-old, from a young age, I have enjoyed developing product ideas and pitching them to potential investors. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA -, a gifted college preparatory school for 10-12th graders runs a program called “Talent PowerPitch”, where the students pitch their Product ideas to real investors at 1871(  an entrepreneurial hub in Chicago, for cash prizes. Despite the fact I’m only 13, two of the directors of this program, Carl Heine and Jim Gerry, have allowed me to compete against the high school students for the last 3 years (I did my first PowerPitch when I was 11). This year, I pitched my anti-bullying software product idea as part of the Prelims and at the Finals at 1871 and won 1st place. Thank you Carl and Jim for believing in me all along." source

IMSA Meetup at 1871: The Full Spectrum

Today's first IMSA Meetup at 1871 has attracted an amazing group of alumni, students and staff, a microcosm of 1871 culture and practice. Organized by Melvin Bacani ('90) and James Valadez ('99) with help from Alumni Relations, the IMSA room and hallway are filled with recent graduates, not-so-recent grads, interns, new startups, job seekers, mentors and investors. Literally, the entire entrepreneurship pipeline, IMSA's vision for joining 1871, is represented.

For some, the meeting is an introduction to 1871. For others, it's an opportunity to give their elevator pitch, share business cards and make appointments. Speaking only for myself, I meet Reggie ('02), an attorney involved in mergers and acquisitions who is interested becoming involved in a TALENT Monday Night Live session on "legal stuff every entrepreneur needs to know." I promise to connect Paul ('89) a leader of a new media marketing team with businesses involved in the formation of Matter, the new healthcare incubator going in down the hall from 1871. I help connect Brandon ('04) who is heading up a new startup with Moises, a TALENT board member--who is passing by in the hallway--to learn more about financing a business. I listen as Ravi ('09) and Tom ('09) (they are now members at 1871 with their start up Study Cloud) and Milosz ('14) exchange business cards with the latter's promise to introduce Study Cloud to a new college out east this fall. I get ideas from Andrew ('14) one of our TechStars interns for new ways to engage IMSA students in TALENT teams this year (I'm thinking this could be new programming for the Innovation Hub). There's more. All together, it's a week's worth of work in 90 minutes.

Life at 1871 tends to move quickly; things come together. I'm pumped.

IMSA's Summer Presence at 1871

Today was the second time in a week I was at 1871. From an IMSA perspective, I was not alone. There is a significant IMSA presence at 1871 this summer. Most of the students and alumni are interning with businesses. Here are the individuals I saw today.

  • Andrew Kuznetsov - interning at TechStars
  • Brendan Batliner - interning at TechStars
  • Advith Chelikani - interning at CityScan
  • Sagar Punhani - interning at CityScan
  • Arthur Li - interning with Magna Real Estate Ventures
  • Ravi Pilla - Study Cloud. His team now has a membership at 1871.
  • Ryan Eberhardt - working with Navier (Josh Metnick)
  • Eric Hennenfent - working with Navier
  • David Casem - his start up, Telnyx, is a new TechStars business
  • Jessica Droste Yagan - director of Impact engine
  • Melvin Bacani - IMSA alumni association and developer for the MME/CoolHub project

I understand that Joanne Kwak is down here as well, working with Structure.PM and Lydia Stone is interning with SageCorp!

I'm sure I missed some. Pretty good for a few hours on site, though.


CoolHub Annual Report

CoolHub accomplished a great deal during the 2013-2014 academic year. For an update, see our Annual Report!

Highlights include

  • Mentor Matching Engine

  • Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership

  • New Projects

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