The Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley has awarded two inaugural $5,000 prizes as part of the Hansoo Lee Fellowship for Entrepreneurs, a new fund established to honor entrepreneur and alumnus Hansoo Lee, MBA ’10, who died in March of lung cancer.
Romi Elan and Charlie Hughes, MBA students in the Class of 2014, were selected from 10 applicants for the fellowship for a photo app they designed to help friends connect around shared interests and hobbies. Called “Goalzy,” the app is intended to help small groups of friends encourage one another through pictures to pursue personal goals. Seeing pictures of their friends’ latest harvest, for example, could spur other friends to get their own hands in the dirt at the community garden. ““We wanted to help people keep true to their promises to themselves,” Elan said in a statement.
Two of Lee’s Haas classmates, Bhavin Parikh and Pejman Pour-Moezzi, and his fiancée, Wendy Lim, established the fellowship in his name after he died in March following a 15-month battle with lung cancer. Friends and family have raised $63,000 for the fellowship, which will be awarded annually to a Berkeley MBA student or team focused on pursuing an entrepreneurial venture for a summer internship. To donate to the Hansoo Lee Fellowship for Entrepreneurs, click here.