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Tommiepreneurs For Social Change

Through the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at St. Thomas, we empower students from all disciplines with tools to innovate for social impact.

At St. Thomas, students and alumni solve more than just business problems. They use entrepreneurship as a way to look at the world. By using empathy as a force for good to build equitable communities, raise awareness of societal issues, and seek transformative solutions.

From coursework and competitions to mentorships and accelerators, the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship empowers Tommies to transform their passions into actions. Explore some of the ways our social entrepreneurs are advancing the common good.

How Tommiepreneurs Drive Social Change in the World

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Cafe Imports

Noah Namowicz '09

A carbon-neutral importer and developer of fine specialty green coffees.
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Food to People

Will Pittner '22

Addressing communal food insecurity through food recovery and transportation.
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Gabriel Riegert and Georges Macheta

An innovative recycling process that diverts batteries from landfills and rivers.
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Muso Makoi

Fatoumata Jaiteh '19

Empowering women through fashion, storytelling, and health advocacy.

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Julie Singh '03

Adventure company promoting responsible outdoor exploration through silent sports.

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Hao Taing '22

Youth-led initiative sustaining cyclo drivers and supporting street dwellers in Cambodia.

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QUEERSPACE collective

Nicki Hangsleben '21 MBA

The first mentorship program for LGBTQ+ youth in Minnesota.

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Jay Victoria

Jamie and Souphak Kienitz '16

A mission-driven apparel brand for plus women, non-binary, and queer humans.

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Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech

Solome Tibebu '12

Expanding mental and addiction care through technology and innovation.

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Perky Plant

Liz Murphy '23

An organic plant food company on a mission to improve mental health in young people.

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Willa's Oat Milk

Christina Dorr Drake '05

Organic oat milk combating wasteful processes and artificial flavoring.

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Jenny Behrens ’23 MBA

Socially conscious jewelry line ensuring fair wages for women artisans overseas.

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Seraph 7 Studios

Jules Porter '18 JD/MBA

Disrupting the gaming industry with video games showcasing BIPOC heroes.

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