There really wasn’t a great way to buy used surfboards, so I invented one. My company, Boardgrab, is the largest online marketplace connecting buyers to boards. At VCU, I pursued my passion like a job and made it one.

My name is Tony Cannella.

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We are bombarded by electromagnetic radiation daily, and we don’t fully understand the health risks. To protect us from this potential danger, we developed a product to outsmart smart technology. That’s what TinyTech is all about. Creating simple solutions to complex problems.

My name is Umar Hasni.
My name is Margaret Karles.

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By interning at the General Assembly, I’ve made valuable connections and set myself up for life after graduation. VCU is my shot, not just for basketball, but to open as many doors as I can for myself.

My name is Mo Allie-Cox.

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I wasn’t seeing artists who looked like me in school. The art world needed the voice of a black female on key issues, so I spoke up. My culture gives voice to my art; my art gives black culture a place to be heard.

My name is Angelique Scott.

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Traveling changed me in the best way. Working at a German company completely immersed me in a new culture and career. The new perspective I brought back to VCU impacts everything I do. That’s more valuable than any souvenir.

My name is Rachel Benton.

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Cancer is tireless and incredibly tenacious. But it’s got nothing on us. We are bringing immense resources, experience and 20 years of research to the fight. And we’re changing the odds. Right now, we’re a patient’s best chance.

My name is Dr. Gordon Ginder.

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I love horses. Horses hate flies. Keeping the two apart inspired me to use my chemical engineering skills to develop an all-natural fly spray. Now countless equestrians have a much safer alternative to protect their loved ones.

My name is Brooke Riggs.

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Growing up in Jamaica, dental care was not a priority. So I made it mine. Now I get to go back and use my dental studies as part of VCU’s Mission of Mercy Project and fill that gap.

My name is Shadae Anderson.

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