NPR Announces First Class Of ‘How I Built This’ Fellows

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NPR today announced the inaugural class of fellows participating in the first How I Built This Fellowship supported by Yahoo Small Business.  

We created the How I Built This Fellowship to make NPR’s How I Built This Summit with Guy Raz accessible to small-business owners and budding entrepreneurs who might not otherwise have the financial resources to attend the Summit. We received more than 400 applications and selected 40 How I Built This Fellows who (1) have a great idea; (2) would benefit from attending the How I Built This Summit; and (3) whose unique story and entrepreneurial journey will add diversity to the Summit. We were also in interested in candidates who have a social or charitable mission.

We believe these builders have the passion, ingenuity, and perseverance to turn their ideas into reality—and their unique, diverse experiences and strong sense of purpose will contribute to the Summit. We’re proud to welcome these fellows to NPR’s first How I Built This Summit on October 16 in San Francisco.

Meet the 2018 How I Built This Fellows:

Adeseye Lawal-Solarin
Alana Glass
Alexandra Del Gaudio
Amr Kahhaleh
Amy Bacharach
Angel Poon
Angelisa Candler
Austin Bryan Sanchez
Brenda Horton
Ceara Kirkpatrick
Chi Nguyen
Christa May
Crystal Matson
Dewan Farhana

Ellen Cassidy
Joshua Romero-Reyes
Katie Burton
Kim Arrington
LaTonya Davis
Lizette Avineri
Lizia Santos
Maya Tobias
Mercedes Gibson
Myisha Lewis-Reed
Nelson German
Nereah Aluoch
Noelle Johnson
Nyarre Hudson

Omar Allam
Rashima Sonson
Sacha-Rose Phillips
Saman Ghani Khan
Sheilia Lewiel
Shiloh Johnson
Sicily Johnson
Tippy Tippens
Trisha Kothari
Tracy Youngston
Vincent Martinez
Viviana Franco


To learn more about these fellows and their stories, check out their bios here.

The fellowship covers Summit registration and includes access to the Premier reception on Monday, October 15.