I’m grateful for my time at Kogod and the AUCI. The opportunities outside of the classroom were instrumental in my continued passion and entrepreneurial journey.”
Almost immediately after beginning her Kogod journey, Bendt became involved with the Private Equity and Venture Capital Club. Through this, Bendt was introduced to entrepreneurial-related competitions held by Kogod and the AUCI, such as the Venture Capital Investment Competition, the AU Hack-for-a-Change Hackathon, the Kogod Case Competition, and the Startup and Standout Series.
“I participated in all of these competitions, and with my teams’ help and support, we even won first place in a few!” says Bendt.
Now, as an alumna, Bendt remains connected to the AUCI.
The AUCI has been the most influential component of my journey. They provided continuous support and mentorship that was greatly appreciated during times of need."
A year from now, Bendt hopes to be able to offer additional features, including a mobile app to Ageovisa users—and she couldn’t have gotten this far without the support of fellow entrepreneurs and mentors she met along the way through her involvement with the AUCI and other competitions.
“Never be afraid to ask for help,” advises Bendt. “Entrepreneurship is a journey of learning, usually by trial and error. These experiences make you stronger and more resilient to challenges you may encounter in the future.”
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, get involved with the Kogod and AUCI community to grow your connections and your business!