Marissa Lucero is a Bay Area native with Hispanic roots. She founded My Fashion Design Kit out of a desire to do something meaningful with her skills. She created her first business plan in high school through NFTE, and earned a degree in Fashion Design and International Trade and Marketing from FIT. She has 6 years of experience developing products for companies such as Gap Inc. and Pottery Barn Kids. She recently won first place at an EdTech Startup Weekend in Oakland.
Suz Somersall founded KiraKira, after graduating from Brown University and RISD. She believes in leading with creativity and teaches kids about design-thinking and engineering through building products they love—from iPhone cases to jewelry to skateboards.
Elana Polichuk is a first generation immigrant refugee with a passion for education. She designed and completed a degree in Education Reform at the University of Minnesota, and upon graduation launched a tutoring agency helping students apply to colleges, which is how she discovered her love for entrepreneurship. She is currently advising Google’s top executives in communications strategy.