Three Temple University alumni, including a pair from the Fox School of Business, have been chosen for inclusion in DreamIt Ventures’ recent round of accelerator programs.
Fox alums Yasmine Mustafa and Ofo Ezeugwu, and School of Media and Communication alumna Bethany Edwards, comprise Temple’s best showing in a DreamIt Ventures batch. Founded in 2008, the Philadelphia-based idea incubator invests $25,000 in seed money in exchange for a 6-percent equity stake in the entrepreneurs’ business plans. DreamIt Ventures also provides a vast network of industry professionals with whom to network.
Mustafa, a 2006 alumna of the Fox School, founded self-defense technology company Roar for Good, which produces wearables marketed toward women. Mustafa’s devices are designed to alert the authorities, flash lights, send text messages and sound an alarm, among other features, in cases of emergency. Mustafa recently won first place in two categories at the 2014 Innovative Idea Competition, organized by Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. She also won Temple’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl in 2010 with a separate venture.
Ezeugwu, who graduated from the Fox School in 2013 with a degree in Management Information Systems, is President and Chief Executive Officer of WhoseYourLandlord. The site gives users a platform upon which to rate the people from whom they rent, to “know what they’re getting into before they even sign the lease,” Ezeugwu said. Ezeugwu is a past winner of Temple’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl, having won $20,500 in 2014.
Edwards, who graduated from SMC in 2006, founded LIA Diagnostics. The company designed a flushable pregnancy test, which won the grand prize at last year’s Innovative Idea Competition.
Mustafa, Ezeugwu and Edwards are among the 12 companies to have been selected into DreamIt Ventures’ accelerator program.