International Educator - May/June 2019 - 48

ashi Gulati Menda

HOME COUNTRY
INDIA

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in Economics and
Business (2011), University of MinnesotaTwin Cities
CURRENT POSITION
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Zapyle

Not having time to shop due to 14-hour workdays gave Rashi Gulati Menda,
29, the idea to start a business. And Menda's business education at the
University of Minnesota (UMN) gave her the skills she needed to put that idea
into practice. The result is Zapyle, an online fashion platform for Indian women
on the go.
Sourcing brands from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United
States, the start-up is an online womenswear platform that curates a selection
of clothes for individual users. Menda experienced the ease of online
shopping when she was an international student in the United States, but
"when I moved to India," she says, "I struggled to find a platform where I
could just find a simple solution."
"Working women do not have time, but they want to look fashionable,
they want to look great, and they want to feel comfortable-so why not create
a platform where they only see what they would really like to purchase?"
Since Menda founded the company in 2015, Zapyle has won numerous
innovation awards in India and has raised more than $1.5 million in capital.
"We are growing in terms of options, in terms of brands, and we have been
profitable for almost 6 months now," Menda says.
Menda did not originally set out to found her own company, although she
did create her first start-up while still an undergrad at UMN. She worked at
Ernest & Young in the United States and India immediately following college,
and then worked in investments. Looking back now, she sees how her UMN
education helped pave the way to becoming an entrepreneur, partly due to
her adviser's suggestion to take accounting and entrepreneurship classes in
case she ever wanted to start her own business.
"The reason I'm able to raise money today, keep up with my investors, and
hire the right cofounders or team is because I have the gift of the education
that I got," Menda says.

WALE
ELEGBEDE
HOME COUNTRY
NIGERIA
EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in Information
Systems (2005), University of
Wisconsin-La Crosse; MBA with
an Emphasis in Leadership (2019),
Viterbo University
CURRENT POSITION
Head of the Project Management
Office, Mayo Clinic Center for
Regenerative Medicine

Wale Elegbede first encountered
U.S.-style education at an
international elementary school.
After finishing his secondary
education at a school run by the
Nigerian navy, Elegbede traveled
more than 6,000 miles to enroll
at the University of Wisconsin-La
Crosse (UWL), which he had
learned about from a family friend.
The only drawback, he says, was
the weather: "I heard it was cold,
but honestly, if you have never
been in negative temperatures,
minus 30, minus 20, you really can't
comprehend it."
Although Elegbede had learned
about leadership and team building
in high school, UWL was where
everything came together for him.
"My experience at UWL was where
I honed my technical, analytical, and
critical thinking skills," he says.
After he graduated in 2005, he
continued to grow the business
software company he founded while
an undergraduate at UWL. In 2016,
Elegbede joined the Mayo Clinic's
Center for Regenerative Medicine
as a senior project manager. He is
now the head of the Center's Office
of Project Management, where he
provides management oversight
for all of Mayo Clinic's regenerative

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Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: Africa’s Education Evolution
Feature: Mental Health: At Home and Abroad
Feature: The Faces of International Education
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment Management
International Education Leadership
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