Nitiya Walker, Founder of Seeds of Fortune
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College: Babson College
College/Current Venture: Seeds of Fortune
Year in College Founded: 2013
Years out of College: 1
Favorite class: Critical Race Studies
Least-favorite class: 2420 Math Class. Combo of statistics, finance, and calculus – love them separately- together a death sentence!
Why bother with entrepreneurship?
Control of my destiny and providing opportunities to the next generation!
Tell us about your college venture, and where you are on it?
Seeds of Fortune was started as an organization to help African American girls receive scholarships for college. It has since expanded to now strategically help young women of color find and apply to scholarships for college, and teach both career and financial skill sets to promote financial empowerment.
Where was your favorite place to do work on campus?
Author Blank Center Entrepreneurship Center
What’s one way students can start today?
Students who desire to start a business need to think of the 5 W’s:
Who- wants what you’re offering
What- is it product or service
When/How- delivery of your goods or services
Where- online, in-person, national, or international
Why- is most important, the reason behind why you are creating your product/ service
What’s your best tip for entrepreneurs still in college?
Get started now, this is the best time when you have limited responsibilities to take risk!
When did you found your company and with how many others?
Founded in 2013 and incorporated in 2014- we now have a team of 5!
How do you manage your week?
Calendars and prioritization- there are always enough hours in the day.
What’s the most important lesson you learned as an entrepreneur out of college so far?
Your business will progress as much as the effort and time you put into it!
What advice would you offer student entrepreneurs soon to graduate college?
Make a plan on how you will balance your venture and career or if you will make a YOLO (You only live once) to embark on your own venture.
What resources do you recommend others take advantage of?
Go to free start up classes: Meetup.com has different organizations by region; it will give you a support system and provide valuable information!
What’s your sleep routine like?
At least 6 hours or I will be a wild woman!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Make sure you are involved in every part of the process in the beginning stages of your venture.