By Emily Gran '16 and Thomas Hague '16

Helix mattress

Jerry Lin ’07 majored in Economics with Honors and the Financial Economics sequence at CMC. Truth to tell, he lost a lot of sleep cramming for exams, but he’s made up for it with a new ecommerce business he recently launched – Helix Sleep – that deals in mattresses.

And so far, media buzz on his company (stories in Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Fortune and Fox News) is enough to keep anyone wide awake.

Angel Summit at CMC in May 2015 sponsored by the CIE

The undergraduate years are a pivotal time when students are encouraged not only to try new things, but also to recognize an important fact:  Mistakes are necessary on the road to new ideas and self-discovery.

Daniel Black ’09

On May 1, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association (CMCAA) hosted the Angel Summit. The Summit brought together alumni and students interested in starting and investing in entrepreneurial ventures.

40 under 40 logo

The San Francisco Business Times recently published their annual “40 Under 40 Class of 2015.” Choosing the 40 most influential talented young professionals who are driving the Bay Area economy proved to be challenging as hundreds of nominations were submitted for consideration and the competition was fierce.  However, two Claremont McKenna alumni Nate Gross, M.D. ’06 and Gavin Teo ’03 made the list.

2015 Silicon Valley Networking Trip delegation

“Do it. The more you think, the more you’ll convince yourself you can’t.” Sunil Rajaraman ’01, Co-Founder and CEO, Scripted

“Don’t fail by the misuse of your integrity.” – Trustee George R. Roberts ’66 P’93

“Marketing is a quest for the truth.” – Daniel Freeman ’96, Vice President, Product Marketing & Sales, Atlassian

CMC students like to make an impact and engage on issues that matter . See two student-edited journals that showcase international affairs along with technology and entrepreneurship.

Ugandan women

The CMC-student led FUNDaFIELD team has recently launched an important new campaign and is calling all CMCers to join in their efforts to raise at least $28,000 dollars to relocate 31 Ugandan women and 198 Ugandan children from their temporary camp set to be demolished this month.

entrepreneur imageHow do entrepreneurs turn ideas into marketable concepts and strategies?  What are the steps?

Ashoka at Claremont McKenna


Claremont McKenna has been designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for being a leader in social innovation in higher education. CMC is the 30th campus to join the Changemaker Campus Consortium.