The Spirit of Alumni Entrepreneurs

By:
UA Alumni Association

UA alumni are artists, inventors, and philanthropists. Meet nine entrepreneurs who are impacting their communities for the better.

Ashley White ’09: Modern Aquarian

She was a gifted artist; why not put her gift to work? Now many of her days are spent creating intricate chalkboard menus, painting signs for businesses, or sketching portraits for a family. Read more...

Kysha Mounia ’98: Quiztory

‘Quiztory celebrates African-American achievements, from current-day pop culture to the contributions of those who came before us. It’s all about building a sense of identity and appreciating black heritage.’ Read more...

Eli and Jen Crane ’05: Bottle Breacher

‘You need to be willing to do the grunt work. Because as a startup, one minute I’m talking to investors and the next minute I’m taking out the trash.’ Read more...

Shannon Sartin ’09: Scraps on Scraps

Scraps on Scraps is an innovative nonprofit that provides residential pickup for food and green waste throughout metro Tucson. In 2014, Scraps on Scraps won a Tucson business competition and $10,000 in seed money. Read more...

Dominic ’98 and Kristel Johnson ’00: Isabella's Ice Cream

The secret to this company’s growing success? Follow your dreams, but temper them with thoughtfulness, hard work — and plenty of perseverance. Read more...

Jason Fried ’99: Basecamp

‘I’m not built to work for other people. I’m an entrepreneur and that’s it.’ Read more...

Cassandra Weinman ’11: Brand Together

She knew she wanted to help make the world a better place. And she has — not through words, but through clothes. Read more...

Eric Smith ’12: Aztera

Smith calls it a win-win for advancing Tucson’s tech industry with the UA as a partner. ‘We have such talented people with amazing ideas out there. But they don’t know where to go with those ideas.’ Read more...