Melvin Clark III
Melvin Clark III has been fishing most of his life.
What started as a childhood hobby became a way to heal after 12 years with the U.S. Army left him with severe anxiety. It wasn't until he came to UB that Melvin realized he could use his passion to drive a business venture.
"Sitting in class one day, the professor said your passion and your mastery will lead you to your product," says Melvin, a B.S. in Business Administration student and an Entrepreneurship Fellow.
His classes offer the perfect mix of discussions about business concepts and hands-on learning, he says.
"I get to learn on fields and levels where only certain business students get to learn," Melvin says. "I get to learn outside of the corporate side. It's pretty amazing and going forward to today, look at me: I've developed a glove, I'm not too far from launching my own business, so it's a pretty awesome program."
Melvin created AMJ Fishing Gloves, which allow anglers to bait the hook, handle the fish, cast and more without removing their gloves. He has pitched the idea at two business competitions offered at UB and took the top prize both times, winning seed money to further develop his idea.
UB's Entrepreneurship Fellows program gives students the mentors and opportunities to build on a business idea. Through the program, Melvin is receiving a full scholarship to attend UB and is on his way to earn his bachelor's degree and start a business.
"I was looking for a school where I could do exactly what I'm doing: learn how to run a business, learn how to grow it, learn how to scale it. ... To learn all that at UB in a year and to apply it and win, that's impressive," he says. "I'm glad to be part of this school."