Introducing Natural Cuts’ Summer Startup Fellows

This summer gifted Natural Cuts an opportunity to expand its team, and we were fortunate enough to find four terrific summer fellows. Cynthia, Alex, Yilu, and Mahamud have each brought an enthusiasm and fresh perspective. Their contributions have helped us make difficult strategic decisions, laying the groundwork and infrastructure for what Natural Cuts will become.

Over the last year, we have been fortunate to become part of the entrepreneurial community at Cornell University. Our mentors at eHub, Johnson School of Business, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, particularly the Food Science department, have graciously offered their expertise and resources with an understanding of the complexities and vulnerabilities of young startups.

We hope that, over the course of this summer, Cynthia, Alex, Yilu, and Mahamud become inspired by this community just as we have. Entrepreneurship can’t be distilled down to a specific set of skills; it’s a mindset, a different way of thinking that can be cultivated, nurtured, and uniquely fulfilling. Cornell has been our ideal homestead, with its affirmation of innovation that we know will reverberate through the next generation of entrepreneurs.

We wanted to take the opportunity to thank our fellows for their hard work and creativity. Consider this just an introduction; we’re sure you’ll be hearing much more from them in the coming years.

Cynthia Chu

Cynthia is a rising sophomore at Cornell University studying environmental engineering. She is interested in entrepreneurship and social impact, and has experience working on sustainability initiatives to raise environmental literacy. Cynthia is passionate about cross-disciplinary collaboration, and would like to combine her diverse interests and engineering skills to make a meaningful environment and societal impact. In her free time, Cynthia enjoys learning different languages and gardening.

Alex Tripodi

Alex is a rising junior at Cornell University studying Industrial and Labor Relations. He is a member of the club lacrosse team, and the Chi Phi fraternity. Following graduation, he plans on pursuing an MBA to pursue business administration or venture capital. Alex knows the host city for every Olympic Games.

Yilu Sun

Yilu is a graduate student in Information Science at Cornell University. Currently she works as the Lab Manager at Virtual Embodiment Lab in the Department of Communications, and hopes to become a web designer and front-end web developer. Recently, Yilu taught twenty students how to create avatars that, when uploaded to a virtual space, form a mini “global village.”

Mahamud Osman

Mahamud is a rising junior at George Mason University studying computer science. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, and melding technology and the liberal arts to create a better world for low income communities. At George Mason he co-founded a nonprofit that introduces minority students to tech, helping to teach startup fundamentals. In his free time, Mahamud enjoys traveling and playing basketball.

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