TYE Program Director
3 years working with high school student entrepreneurs
2 years scaling and improving a high school entrepreneurship and mentor program (according to MENTOR.org Elements of Effective Practice)
2 years experience in community engagement and corporate volunteer recruitment
Passionate about exposing entrepreneurship and STEM education to youth of all ages!
Fun Fact: Before starting her career supporting entrepreneurship education, Katie performed as a professional actor in various regional productions and has toured Asia and the Middle East.
Why are you involved in TYE?
What amazes me about the TYE program is the dedication from board members, charter members, staff and parents alike to foster a healthy community where young people can try on many different hats and explore where their passion and skills might lead them. The TYE program has an incredible legacy of providing high school students the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship, strengthen their interpersonal skills and practice their professional skills all while participating in a robust curriculum that has been proven over the past 10+ years. The fact that TYE Alumni have credited this program for being the catalyst to a career in business, finance or entrepreneurship is a true testament to the care that went in to creating it here in Boston.
I firmly believe that high school students have the creativity, passion and capacity to create the world they want to see and that entrepreneurship provides them the tools they will need to make those thoughts a reality. I look forward to supporting the current and future TYE participants as they embark on this wonderful journey!
Arun Nijhawan is a jack-of-all-trades entrepreneur and is the founder of Remedy Health, a therapy program for chronic pain. Previously, he started FillMyFork, a nutrition wellness product that was acquired by a Series B startup Zipongo. There he went on to lead data science and guide product vision. Arun has been covered in broadcast outlets around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, MobiHealthNews, and of course, TiE Boston.
In his late 20's, Arun shifted his thinking to believe that compassion and connection will solve many world problems: climate change, burdensome disease, and world war. In his free time he hosts a weekly meditation circle, is a health coach, and writes about surviving cancer and mental health.
Arun holds a BS in Physics and Astrophysics rom the University of Toronto.
Why are you involved in TYE?
I participated in the first ever TYE competition. My team didn't win, but it was a wonderful experience. I grew to enjoy to public speaking, learned how to solve big problems, and 15 years later I'm still friends with my teammates. For the 2018 cohort I was invited to be a guest speaker. We designed a game called the Kendall Sq. Challenge. The goal: use random office supplies to generate maximum revenue in 30 minutes. The group ingenuity was remarkable. One group bet passerby's to a ball and cup game; if the 'client' lost, they forked over $5. It brought me so much joy seeing each student grow in their courage and creativity. I wanted to be involved more!