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Founders’ Pledge

Support the next generation of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and innovators at Smith School of Business and help accelerate their success.

What is the pledge?

Make a personal commitment to support Smith once your business has taken off or you have a successful exit. Sign up for the pledge and when you’re ready, we’ll work with you to determine the right time and amount for your gift. Together, we’ll also help you decide where best to direct your gift at Smith to achieve your desired impact.

Why pledge?

Your gift will help support excellence in education and increase the odds of success for future entrepreneurs. Join the community of Smith alumni who have already pledged their commitment to support the school. By thinking about your future giving at an early stage, you’re inspiring others to do the same and helping our Smith entrepreneur network thrive.

Founders’ Pledge Members

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Somen Mondal, MBA’06
Chair, Smith Founders’ Pledge
GM, Talent Intelligence, Ceridian
Co-founder and CEO, ideal (acquired)
CEO, Field ID (acquired)

Connie Lo

Connie Lo, BCom’15
Co-founder, Three Ships Beauty

Tom Kinnear

Tom Kinnear, BCom'66, LLD'02, PhD
Honorary Chair, Smith Founders’ Pledge
Serial Entrepreneur and President, Venture Michigan Fund

Tim Ray

Tim Ray, AMBA'11
Founder and CEO, Carnivore Club

David Caldana

David Caldana, BCom'99
Co-Founder, Borough Kitchen
@boroughkitchen Instagram
@boroughkitchen Twitter

Travis Ratnan

Travis Ratnam, MBA’11
Co-founder and CEO, Knowledgehook Inc.

Marcus Daniels

Marcus Daniels, AMBA’05
Founding Partner and CEO, Highline BETA

Robbie Mitchnick

Robbie Mitchnick, Ryan Peterson, Cord McGee, Donald Gawel, all BCom’13
Co-founders, Q4Q Beer Company Ltd

David Jackson

David Jackson, BCom’91
Owner and CEO, Hydropool Hot Tubs and Swim Spas

Mitch Gudgeon

Mitch Gudgeon, MBA’13
Co-Founder & CEO, TalentFit AI

The Gist

Jacie DeHoop, BCom'14; Ellen Hyslop, BCom'14; and Roslyn McLarty, BCom'14, GDA'14
Co-Founders, The Gist

John Hui

John Hui, MBA’15
CEO, Twiage

Evan Hall

Evan Hall, BScH’11, MBA’17
CEO & Co-Founder, Wittaya Aqua

Peter Wilson

Peter Willson, BSc(Eng)'92
Chairman and CEO, Willson International

Ahmed Shehata

Ahmed Shehata, BCom’03
General Counsel and Head of Corporate Development, MediPharm Labs

Lisa Orr

Lisa Orr, BCom'10, AMBA'16
Founder and Designer, LaBroga
Founder, Orr Etiquette

Jake Dancyger, BCom'15
Co-CEO, Clariti

Cyrus Symoom, BCom'15
Co-CEO, Clariti

Josh Barr, BCom’10
Co-Founder, brüst

Robin Kovitz, BCom’02
President & Co-Founder, Baskits Inc.

Mark Balovnev, BCom’19
Co-founder and CEO, Educhain (acquired)

Sahar Jamal, BCom'11
Founder & CEO, Maziwa Breastfeeding

Karn Saroya, BCom’08
Co-founder & CEO, Cover

Natalie Gray, BCom'09
Co-founder, Product & Design, Cover

Jenny Lemieux, MMAI’20
Co-founder & CEO, Vivid Machines

Make an impact. Pledge today.