In Partnership with Local Schools, Gaithersburg’s University Startups is Uplifting Student Entrepreneurs

When Georgetown University professor and entrepreneur-in-residence Marc Steren decided to launch a social venture for enterprising high school students, he certainly was not looking to create another startup.

“I’ve had five different companies before. I wasn’t interested in starting another company,” Steren told about that moment in the summer of 2020.

Things instead went differently for Steren, who’s worked in the entrepreneurship departments of several colleges, and fellow professor John Jabara. After hearing various students’ success stories, like getting into their preferred colleges, Steren got a call from a friend who worked for a foundation. This friend pointed out how much students from underrepresented backgrounds could benefit from Steren and Jabara’s efforts.