Romi Elan and Charlie Hughes, MBA students developing a photo app that helps friends inspire each other in the pursuit of interests and hobbies, have been awarded $5,000 each as the first recipients of Hansoo Lee Fellowship for Entrepreneurs.
Elan and Hughes, both MBA 14, were selected from 10 applicants for the fellowship, which was created to honor entrepreneur and alumnus Hansoo Lee, MBA 10. Lee died in March after a 15-month battle with lung cancer.
The idea behind the app, currently called “Goalzy,” is to share photographs between a small group of friends with like-minded interests as a way to encourage the pursuit of personal goals. For example, friends could share photos of roasting marshmallows or dining out to inspire those who want to camp more or try new restaurants. “We wanted to help people keep true to their promises to themselves,” Elan says.
The Hansoo Lee fellowship was founded by Lee’s classmates Bhavin Parikh, Pejman Pour-Moezzi, both MBA 10, and fiancée, Wendy Lim, BS 99. It will be awarded annually to support a Berkeley MBA student or team focused on pursuing an entrepreneurial venture for a summer internship.
Friends and family have raised $63,000 for the fellowship. To give to the Hansoo Lee Fellowship for Entrepreneurs, visit givetocal.berkeley.edu/fund/?f=FM8331000.