By Dana Guth, A17
Two School of Arts and Sciences students, Danielle Feerst, A16, and
Robert Wallace, A15, were recently named winners of the 2014 Paul
and Elizabeth Montle Prize for Entrepreneurial Achievement. The
prize, created by Paul Montle, A69, recognizes Tufts students who
demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial skills. The award, divided
between the two winners and equal to a full year's tuition at Tufts,
is intended to kick-start their future businesses.
Feerst and Wallace were selected from the competition by a panel of judges, including faculty from Tufts Gordon Institute and professors in the Department of Economics. Before the competition began, both students had demonstrated growth in and ambition for their businesses. Feerst founded and is now CEO of AutismSees, an educational technology company that develops software applications to help young adults on the autism spectrum improve their speaking and interview preparation skills. Wallace co-founded Suisey Fanware, a company whose flagship product is a sports jersey-blazer hybrid that Wallace designed.
"Danielle and Robert both show real innovation and feasibility for their projects," says Anne Moore, a member of the Scholarship Selection Committee and program specialist in scholar development. "We look for a few things. Is this business going to make money? Is there a clear vision for social impact? And what have you done with it so far?"
Danielle Feerst, A16, Founder and
CEO of AutismSees
Robert Wallace, A15, Co-Founder
of Suisey Fanware