Published 10/25/16

SEG Changemaker Jake Zimmer

From left: Kelly Ramirez, CEO, Social Enterprise Greenhouse; Jake Zimmer, Bryant University ‘19; and the Honorable Stefan Pryor, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary.

Jake Zimmer '19 named Changemaker Fellow by Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Sophomore Jake Zimmer of Monroe, CT, an advocate for entrepreneurial initiatives at Bryant, has been named a 2016 Changemaker Fellow for by Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) in Providence, RI.

Changemaker Fellows, selected from among Rhode Island’s 11 universities, collaborate to connect student entrepreneurs with resources and opportunities. With support of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, they develop entrepreneurship programming, activities, and ideas at their respective schools. Each of the nine Fellows receives a $1,500 stipend for a year of service. Tim Levene '17 was a 2015-2016 Changemaker Fellow.

The Fellowship cultivates exceptional students who have the potential to influence local business communities.

Zimmer serves on the executive board of Bryant’s chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) and is the director of the Bryant University Northeast Entrepreneurship Conference (BUNEEC), one of the largest entrepreneurship events in the region. His efforts bring successful entrepreneurs from all over the country to campus to provide inspiration and guidance to Bryant’s aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators. Zimmer is also a play-by-play announcer for Bryant’s Division I athletic teams on NEC Front Row and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

“I’m excited to be a Changemaker Fellow,” said Zimmer, a double major in Social Entrepreneurship and Management. “I want to inspire young entrepreneurs to realize that they can truly have a recognizable impact, not only in their community, but also worldwide.”

Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor recognizes that the Social Enterprise Greenhouse provides a valuable service to young, driven entrepreneurs in Rhode Island. "The Changemaker Fellowship cultivates exceptional students and recent graduates who have the potential to make a considerable impact on their local business communities and the state's workforce and economy,” he said. “Every dollar we can put toward connecting them with tools for success is a dollar well spent. We are very proud to help support Jake on his journey."

“Fostering these students to think outside the box, and giving them the tools to think about entrepreneurship at a time when they are thinking about the future, is a great way to keep our talent pool in Rhode Island,” said Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse. “We are glad to play a role in promoting that vision across our state's college campuses."