Thanks to COVID-19, most of our summer plans are looking a lot different than usual. But that isn’t stopping a group of enterprising students in Macalester College’s MacNest 2020 program from pairing up with local businesses to gain insight and experience in the startup realm.

Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be shining a summer spotlight on the MacNest 2020 participants to learn more about what they’re getting out of the program, and what they like most about the startup world.

You just might get some hot summer jam recommendations, too.

Let’s take a look at a couple of the MacNest 2020 student participants.

 

Kaitie Brown

MacNest Kaitie Brown

Graduation Year and Major: 2022

Major: Political Science and International Studies

Majors: Spanish Minor

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Startup Pairing: UrTurn

What made you want to participate in the MacNest 2020 program?

I wanted to participate in the MacNest program because it’s a very unique opportunity for Macalester students to participate in the Twin Cities business ecosystem and acquire important skills that can’t be taught in the classroom. Skills like outreach, networking, communication and prioritization are learned hands-on and are increasingly important in the modern workforce.

What are you hoping to learn during the program?

What I’m most excited to learn from my experience working at Ur Turn is how to work in a dynamic environment and beyond my comfortable skill set.

What’s the allure of working with a startup?

The allure of working with a startup is that every day is different, and every moment is an opportunity to learn and grow. There’s no such thing as a “typical day.”

What are some of your entrepreneurial goals?

This is my first opportunity to work in the field of entrepreneurship, so right now I’m just looking forward to learning as much as possible and acquire skills that are important to a wide variety of goals!

UrTurnWhat do you find most interesting about the startup you’re working for?

What I find most interesting about the startup Ur Turn is that it gives students the necessary tools and transparency to achieve their goals, graduate and pursue a secondary education.

Outside of the entrepreneurial lifestyle, what are your
hobbies?

I love being a competitor on the Macalester Mock Trial team which takes up most of my free time. When I’m not doing that, I love watching documentaries and reading.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice you’ve gotten
about entrepreneurship?

The most valuable piece of advice I’ve gotten about entrepreneurship is to be willing and unafraid to seek out support from others when you need.

What’s the summer jam of 2020?

Blossom by Milky Chance

 

Keegan Greaney

MacNest Keegan GreaneyGraduation Year and Major: 2021, Political Science

Hometown: Bend, Oregon

Startup Pairing: Imagine Deliver

What made you want to participate in the MacNest 2020 program?

I wanted to participate in the MacNest program because it’s a great opportunity to work with a startup. I’ve always been curious about entrepreneurship and innovation. It’s a field driven by self-motivators and goal-oriented people so I knew it’d be a good fit for me.

What are you hoping to learn during the program?

I hope to learn more not only about consulting but the actual day to day operations of what it takes to run a business.

What’s the allure of working with a startup?

I was attracted to work for a startup because there are so many components that go into sustaining a business. When you’re working for a startup, you aren’t limited to one aspect of the business, rather you’re forced to see the whole picture. I found that unique outlook to be really interesting.

Imagine DeliverWhat do you find most interesting about the startup you’re working for?

The most interesting thing is the unique brand Imagine Deliver has. I’ve never seen a business operate like Imagine Deliver, its mission and values are completely congruent with mine. Not to mention, the people are great to work with.

What are some of your entrepreneurial goals?

Sometime in the far-off future I would like to start my own law firm which focuses mainly in POC communities.

Outside of the entrepreneurial lifestyle, what are your
hobbies?

I enjoy reading, spending the day at the lake, and watching movies.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice you’ve gotten
about entrepreneurship?

The best advice I’ve been given is the importance of mentality. This was something that I noticed when I met the founder of Imagine Deliver, Kate Downing Khaled. It takes a lot of courage and passion to run a startup, so whatever issue that the business addresses need to be one which you are passionate about.

What’s the summer jam of 2020?

I will listen to J. Cole all day, so that’s always the move.

Be sure to check out our spotlights on more MacNest students!

MacNest Student Spotlight: Abby Hinds, Alex Thomas