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The ELS Fellowship program connects active student-entrepreneurs with other underclassmen. The ELS Fellows is a peer-mentoring program designed to help others navigate the available resources, networks, and opportunities to launch a business at Tufts. These students also serve as Ambassadors for ELS and receive mentorship from ELS Faculty and Advisory Board Members. If you are interested in becoming an ELS Fellow, please contact Inge Milde.

ELS Fellows for 2014-2015 academic year

  • Danielle Feerst, 2014 $100k 2nd Place Winner – Social Track
  • Tanay Modi, Co-President of the Tufts Entrepreneurs Society, Founder Piinch
  • Sharad Sagar, 2013 $100k 2nd Place Winner, Montle Prize Winner

Danielle Feerst

Danielle Feerst is a junior majoring in Engineering Psychology and minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. She is currently working on raising money for her startup, AutismSees LLC, which she began at Tufts her freshman year. AustismSees won 2nd place at the Tufts $100k in 2014, and is a semifinalist at Stanford BASES product design and the Mass Challenge startup accelerator. Danielle spent the summer working at Draper Labs in the Networking and Information Systems team to design an iPad application for clinicians and therapists. Her previous experience includes working in Corporate Communications at the Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston, SC.

  • Areas of expertise: $100k New Ventures Competition, Fundraising, Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program
  • Reach out to schedule a meeting with Danielle. (Please have the subject line read “Request for ELS Fellow Meeting.”)

Tanay Modi

Tanay is a fourth generation entrepreneur from New Delhi India. As a sophomore, he is majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science, Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies, and Finance. Tanay is currently the Co-President of the Tufts Entrepreneurs Society, which aims to help students find other like-minded students and network with industry experts. His interest in both startups and technology led him to found Piinch in April 2014. Piinch is a location-based startup which aims to help students meet in real life by providing them with a location based mobile platform. Tanay’s interests include technology stocks, startups, and economics research on social networks.

  • Areas of expertise:  Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program, Entrepreneurship at Tufts (how to get involved), Fundraising, Mobile app development
  • Reach out to schedule a meeting with Tanay. (Please have the subject line read “Request for ELS Fellow Meeting.”)

Sharad Vivek Sagar

Sharad Vivek Sagar is an impact entrepreneur, a multiple UN Awardee, the Founder of Dexterity Global and one of the Top 100 Social Innovators of the 21st Century. Sharad sits on the Board of several startups and advises several others, informally. Sharad’s vision is to democratize education and create a platform for every kid.

At the age of 16, Sharad founded Dexterity Global, an internationally awarded social enterprise which designs solutions and platforms to help democratize education and create greater access for middle school and high school students to scholastic and co-curricular opportunities, resources, and platforms. In the past five years, Dexterity Global has engaged close to 1 million students in more than 46 countries across 6 continents, online and offline.

A Bruce and Leslie Male Scholar at Tufts, Sharad is the recipient of the Paul and Elizabeth Montle Prize for Entrepreneurial Achievement 2013-14 and the Empower Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs 2012-13, a Clinton Global Initiative backed fellowship. He is the first freshman ever to win at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition and the youngest speaker to address the Social Innovation Pitch at the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Media houses from around the globe have reported on his work and vision.

  • Areas of expertise: Strategic Planning, Social Entrepreneurship, Non-profits, $100k New Ventures Competition, Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program, International Development, Social Media
  • Reach out to schedule a meeting with Sharad. (Please have the subject line read “Request for ELS Fellow Meeting.”)