Craving gourmet ramen? Want to improve your golf swing, get a close shave with a German-made razor, or find a personal shopper? Check out Made by Hopkins, a new searchable online directory of businesses founded by alumni that's designed to facilitate business connections and growth.
The advent of Made by Hopkins dovetails with the university's interest in supporting alumni who are established or aspiring business owners, said Madeleine Stokes, director of innovation initiatives and corporate relations for Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures.
"There is a burgeoning, dynamic ecosystem on campus that we've never seen before," Stokes said. "The investment in Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures has led us to have a renewed look at how we celebrate alums who are also entrepreneurs. Made by Hopkins is that next iteration."
Companies supply their logos and tag their entries by industry type, Hopkins division, and diversity category to indicate owners who are people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, or women. The industry categories—everything from augmented reality to wellness—parallel those used on the university's job and mentoring platforms Handshake and OneHop. Soon the site will include an integrated map, said Margia Arguello, associate director of the innovation initiatives team and manager of Made by Hopkins.
Vicky Schneider, associate director of Collaborative Partnerships, who helped bring Made by Hopkins to life, said, "This is one of many initiatives sending out a message that Hopkins is here to support entrepreneurship across all disciplines."
Rachel Underweiser, A&S '19, co-founder of a personalized delivery service called this, this, and this, is among the inaugural users of Made by Hopkins. She keeps the Hopkins home fires burning by staffing her team of "GoGetters" with students and recent graduates from Hopkins. "It's awesome to continue to be part of the Hopkins world and to surround myself with the energy and drive unique to the students and the alums of the Hopkins community."
Alumni founders can upload their businesses' information using the form found at the Made by Hopkins site.