Where Are They Now?
We build lifetime relationships with our students. While all schools try to stay in contact with their alumni, this is especially important for entrepreneurs.
Most students do not start their first venture until several years after graduation. Many entrepreneurs start multiple ventures over their careers. We serve as a resource to all BU entrepreneurs, regardless of when they came to the University.
Some of the resources that we make available to alumni include:
- Advice and counseling on the business plan
- Assistance with identifying strategic partners or team members
- Identifying sources of capital and connection to the capital community
- Identifying possible student interns
- General advice on building and growing a new venture
Learn About Our Successful Alumni
Joanna Alberti SMG'03
The entry-level job in advertising that Joanna Alberti took after getting her B.A. from the Boston University School of Management in 2003 seemed like the first step on a well established career ladder. Instead, Joanna’s passions became focused more on her personal drawings and writings. As she began exploring the idea of starting her own business, Joanna met extensively with Peter Russo, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the Entrepreneurship Center, and Beth Goldstein, Associate Director of Communications.
Joanna developed her business idea – greeting cards based on a confident, independent, and fictional Sophie – while working at the ad agency. She also took on a part–time job as a children’s party planner to better understand the greeting card industry.
Two years after getting her B.A., Joanna devoted herself full-time to her business, which she named philoSophie’s. That same year she was voted one of Business Week’s top five entrepreneurs under 25. Her cards are now in stores nationwide and philoSophie’s have been incorporated in campaigns and events for InterContinental Boston Hotel, American Heart Association, YSL Fragrances and Macy’s East. Joanna writes a weekly blog for women entrepreneurs on entrepreneur.com and she recently completed a licensing agreement that will put her designs on mugs, shirts, and picture frames.
Although Joanna has since moved back to her native Rochester, NY, she still turns to Peter Russo and Beth Goldstein for advice and mentoring on important business decisions. We interviewed Joanna in October 2007, when she returned to speak at one of our events about starting her business.
Kimberly Mangino MBA’08
Kimberly Mangino MBA’08 was drawn to the BU School of Management because of the entrepreneurship community at Boston University and in Boston. As a concentrator in entrepreneurship, Kim served as president of the graduate BU Entrepreneurs club and mentored Junior Achievement students. In recognition of her outstanding service to furthering entrepreneurship at the School of Management, Kim received the 2008 Peter Russo Award. The award was established last year by neurologist Dr. Joseph Jabre, 2006 winner of the Business Plan Competition and a former student in the MBA program, and named in honor of Peter Russo, professor and director of entrepreneurship programs.
Kim current works as the Marketing Manager for Zoe Foods. In the videos below, she talks about the entrepreneurship courses, activities, and experiences offered at Entrepreneurship@BU and the School of Management that she found most valuable.
Adam DiNicola GSM’00
Adam DiNicola MBA’00 founded Trendline Business Analysts, LLC shortly after graduation to provide corporate financial planning and analysis to small and mid-size companies that don’t have an internal finance staff. When Adam first thought about starting a company, it seemed only natural to turn to Peter Russo. Adam received extensive mentoring advice from Peter and in return, Adam is a regular guest speaker in Peter’s classes, as well as participating in entrepreneurship events throughout the year. Adam hopes that by sharing his experience growing his business with future entrepreneurs, he can give them the same leg up in business that he received from BU.