Kent State College of Business Administration Student Receives Entrepreneurship Award

Kent State University’s College of Business Administration student Danielle Flemister is therecipient of the 2014 Rising Student Entrepreneur Award. 

The Rising Student Entrepreneur Award is presented by Cleveland Business Connects Magazine. 

Flemister is the first recipient of the award that will annually honor a female student entrepreneur who has demonstrated early success though innovation, creativity and motivation. The award was co-sponsored this year with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State’s College of Business Administration. 

“It was a really big honor,” Flemister said. “It was really encouraging to know that I have so much support, not only from the College of Business Administration, but from other entrepreneurs in the region.” 

Flemister is a double major in entrepreneurship and marketing with a minor in psychology. She is also the founder and CEO of her own company, Dunya Jeane, LLC., which is a clothing company that allows student to express their culture and diversity through clothing. The clothes are inspired by flags and symbols of various countries. 

Since launching the company in December 2012, Dunya Jeane continues to gain momentum vending its products through website sales and onsite at festival and cultural events. As CEO, Flemister manages interns, funds and inventory. She not only plans and executes the marketing effort for the brand, but also designs the apparel. 

Flemister, a Cleveland native, graduated as valedictorian from SuccessTech Academy in 2009. Her academic success has continued throughout her time at Kent State. She is a four-year recipient of Kent State University’s Academic Achievement Award and the recipient of the Cleveland Rotary Club scholarship. Additionally, Flemister was a recipient of Kent State’s College of Business Administration’s CEBI Student Venture Fund for Dunya Jeane, which helps students fund their business ideas. 

Flemister is already working to launch her second venture, AvaKare. The goal of the new start-up is to revolutionize children’s hospital wear. She and her team recently pitched the idea during Entrepreneurship Immersion Week at Hiram College and took second place. 

As the recipient of the 2014 Rising Entrepreneur Award, Flemister will receive marketing and education mentoring provided by Contempo Communications and Kent State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation for one year. This will include marketing Dunya Jeane through both Contempo Communications and the College of Business Administration’s communication channels, including email newsletters, social media, web pages and feature articles. 

For more information about the Kent State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation and the College of Business Administration, visit Kent State's website.

POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:50am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 8:32am