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Social Entrepreneur Student Selected for Prestigious Program

April 30, 2019

Hannah King, a senior in international affairs and social entrepreneurship, has been selected from a pool of national applicants to be part of the Student Entrepreneur Program of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

King, founder of the award-winning enterprise Woven Futures, is one of only 23 female founders of start-ups selected for this year's program. She will receive mentoring from some of the most successful Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) and America's largest Fortune 500 companies while also participating in a tailored entrepreneurial curriculum, a pitch competition awarding $20,000 in seed capital and experiential learning through off-site visits to WBEs, corporate campuses and accelerators.

A member of the 2018 Social Science Scholars cohort, she has won numerous competitions and accolades for Woven Futures, formerly called Mayan Traditions, a company that seeks to preserve the Mayan artisan culture through ethical partnerships with textile weavers and merchants in Guatemala. Through the sale of textile products, the organization aims to open up markets, stimulating the economy and providing sustainable incomes for partner merchants.

King's work on the project landed her a first-place prize at the 2017 InNOLEvation challenge, an annual event sponsored by FSU's Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship (see full story here).

Her work has also been recognized by such events and organizations as the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards and the inaugural Turkey Tank competition at the University of Florida.

In 2017, she was chosen as an FSU Innovation Hub intern, and in 2018, she was selected to participate in the Future Founders cohort, a nonprofit fellowship that empowers the development of top student entrepreneurs across the country. She has also joined the staff of Domi Station, a Tallahassee-based nonprofit startup incubator and co-working space, as its director of entrepreneurship.

Since its inception in 2008, nearly 200 students from 80+ colleges and universities across the country have graduated from the WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program.