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I still remember the moment I posted the first job description for my startup, the first few people I interviewed, and the struggles I faced to hire someone to work for me, a 22-year-old at the time.

There have been countless times in the first month of hiring where I would offer applicants the job, they’d accept it, and decline weeks later. This entire cycle repeated itself for almost every one of those applicants within that month. …


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This past week, I was a featured speaker for Philly Tech Week’s leading event to represent my company for their leading event, Founding the Future: Empowering the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs. The funny thing is, just one year ago, (1) I had no idea what Philly Tech Week even was, (2) my company was nothing more than a one-liner pitch, and (3) because of that, we didn’t really have too much knowledge about “empowering entrepreneurs.”


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The 2019 Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Awards, hosted by the Social Innovation Journal (Left to Right: Jennifer Bogoni, Executive Director, Read by 4th and Free Library; Scott Peterman, Director of Strategy, BSD Education; Tiffany Yau, CEO, Fulphil, Hult Prize Ivy; Beth St. Clair, Urban Technology Partner Partner; Morgan Berman, CEO, MilkCrate LLC.; Caroline L. Watts, Ed.D, Director of School & Community Engagement, University of Pennsylvania GSE

Last week, I won the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award as the youngest finalist, a 22-year-old. I stood onstage next to all these amazing, established people who I personally admire for all the great work they do to make the world better every day. Being up against people who were so revered including a Forbes 30 Under 30 nominee made me believe my chances of winning were pretty slim. So, when my name was somehow announced as the first place winner, I was smiling for many reasons. Initially, it was to hide my shock from the results and the fact…


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I believe in empowerment. While often used as a “fluff” word nowadays, I personally define empowerment as the act of giving people opportunities to make something greater out of them.

I recently wrote an article titled, “I’m a 22-year-old CEO who gets mistaken as the intern and that’s okay.” While this is telling of my everyday reality, I started a company called Fulphil and we bring together university students to solve their city’s most pressing social problems through entrepreneurship. Maybe and hopefully you’ve heard of it. …


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May 22nd, 2018 — It was my first day of work. I had to be in the office by 9am so I made sure to wake up a bit earlier for some buffer room. The office was located on the 15th floor in a building across from and overlooking City Hall. As I walked out of the SEPTA station, I began to make my way towards the building questioning everything: Is my outfit okay? Do I have everything I need for orientation? Will anyone else be there earlier than me? …


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Hult Prize Ivy, Day 2 Award Ceremony, University of Pennnsylvania, April 7, 2018

March 28th, 2018

It was just 9 days before the big day. For the past 10 months up until that moment, I’ve had countless sleepless nights to prepare for the big finale: Hult Prize Ivy.


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Pre-event preparation for Fulphil’s first event in July 2018 hosting the Tristate Technology and Education forum

“Hi, I’m Tiffany and I’m the Founder & CEO of Fulphil” is what usually comes out for a lot of my initial formal introductions but what I really want to say to any readers out there is, “Hi, I’m Tiffany I’m also trying.”

We often take pride in and label ourselves by our successes. But the fact is, we often don’t talk about our failures. The funny fact is, our failures are what make us who we are today.

At Fulphil, we encourage our audience to share your own personal experiences of empowerment — transforming failure into resilience. As people…

Tiffany Yau

Founder & CEO, Fulphil | Doing my job to make the world a better place | 23 www.tiffanyyau.info

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