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TMSAtalks session: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

By Rahul Bhatia

On Monday, February 6, 2017 TMSAtalks invited senior student Ibanca Anand from Duke University to speak to our high schoolers about Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Ibanca Anand is a senior at Duke University double-majoring in Economics and Literature with a Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. While a sophomore in high school, Ibanca began a nonprofit organization, Suhanee Foundation, which aspires to provide quality education for the millions of girls across the world who are prevented from learning because of their gender. Over the years, the organization has raised tens of thousands of dollars for schools in rural villages in India. At Duke, Ibanca is involved in various innovation programs, like Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs and The Cube living community.

Key points from the presentation:

Ibanca spoke on her journey with Suhanee Foundation, the college admission process, and the entrepreneurial experience in college:


  • Innovation does not begin with an idea or a passion. Innovation begins with a problem.
  • Researching your problem and discussing it with as many people you can gives you a better chance of making a meaningful impact.
  • Get connected to people in your community that care about your cause.
  • Find mentors that are willing to support you and lend you free advice.
  • Be confident! You may not have all the answers, but as long as you’ve got the grit, people will listen.
  • The idea you start with will never be the idea you end with. Be adaptable and accepting of new opportunities.
  • Be willing to compromise, but never compromise on your key values and goals.
  • You never know what opportunities you may get connected with. Reach out to as many people as you can BEFORE you need them.
  • Keep in contact with your contacts! Send holiday greetings, birthday wishes, whatever so they know what you are up to!
  • Surround yourself with friends that are also go-getters and are supportive of your ambitions. Best friends make the best volunteers and cheerleaders
  • Build your team selectively. Find people that have different skills from you, but care equally about the mission

Feel free to contact Ibanca Anand at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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