Kent State College of Business Administration Alumnus Grows International Shoe Business

A man's shoes in the hallwayAzib Bajwa, a 2016 Kent State College of Business Administration alumnus, combined his interest in the fashion industry with his entrepreneurial mindset to start his international company, Mochi Cordwainers, as a student.

After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in entrepreneurship in May, Bajwa has continued to grow and promote his shoe company online.

Bajwa built a foundation in entrepreneurship early on, as his family owned a number of Papa John’s pizza franchises. Motivated by this level of entrepreneurship within his own family and his interest in fashion, Bajwa started Mochi Cordwainers as an undergraduate with the guidance of entrepreneurship faculty members.

“Under the leadership of the College of Business Administration’s highly-qualified faculty, I was given the ideal environment to grow as a student and entrepreneur,” said Bajwa. “By the time I graduated, I was ready to lead my company into the highly competitive fashion industry.”

According to the company’s website, Mochi Cordwainer’s emerged in the market as a footwear brand aimed at filling the price gap between high end and fast fashion brands. The company’s aim is to “provide luxury footwear that is trendy and affordable.”

The brand prides itself on having the ability to craft and ship a pair of shoes within a week. In the next five years, Bajwa aims for his shoes to be occupying shelf space in retail locations. He plans to add to his product line by producing men’s and women’s clothing. He also plans to develop a campaign stressing the importance of sustainability and safeguarding the environment by planting a tree for each product sold.

“It’s amazing to see Azib’s company grow from my Entrepreneur Experience class to being able to place my and receive high-end, hand-made luxury shoes shipped to my doorstep within four business days,” said Craig Zamary, lecturer in the marketing and entrepreneurship department. “I love wearing my Mochi Cordwainer shoes - they fit like a glove.”

To learn more about Mochi Cordwainers, visit

Kent State University's College of Business Administration is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and one of the largest colleges of business in Ohio. The College has more than 4,300 students representing 43 countries with over 85 full-time faculty from 16 countries.

The college grants undergraduate through graduate degrees, and is one of only three public business colleges in Ohio with a comprehensive Ph.D. program. The MBA program is offered in an accelerated format. The Executive MBA program offers two tracks: one targeting corporate professionals and the other healthcare executives. The M.S. in Accounting and M.A. in Economics are specialized master's degrees for those seeking advanced study in these disciplines. The College also offers a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics (MSBA) that spans all industries and organizations. The college boasts 10 undergraduate majors, 12 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program.

The college is listed as a Best Business School by Princeton Review, ranked as a Best Business College by U.S. News and World Report, one of only 23 accounting programs worldwide to be endorsed by the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), ranked Top-Tier for Executive Education in North America by CEO Magazine and recognized by the SEF (Sales Education Foundation) for Professional Sales Education.

The college boasts an onsite Career Services Center and International Programs Office dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond. Working on an individual investigation credit, Deibel is the only undergraduate on the three-person team she’s leading, with electrical engineering graduate student Sriram Matturi and mechanical engineering grad student Chaitran Chakilam.

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