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Jesse Alton

Jesse Alton, entrepreneur

My entire life, I have been a speaker, a thinker, a dreamer, and most importantly a doer. I believe in being part of the solution, and intend to make my fortune doing so. I've been inventing and using entrepreneurship my entire life, and I love meeting others who do the same thing.

 Jesse Alton

For Jesse Alton, being an entrepreneur is a defining characteristic. It brings him joy to develop business plans, uncover new supply chains and challenge conventional pricing models. So, is it any surprise that Jesse believes that entrepreneurs stand apart from regular people? The way he describes it, they’re almost a species unto themselves, the kind of folks who are excited to take on challenges and who aren’t afraid of taking risks. Alton’s current business venture, Native Flats, is a line of biodegradable, customizable sandals—an idea he’s been working on for several years and one that he is now refining in the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program. He also was runner-up in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s 2013 Start Up UB Venture Pitch competition, again with his biodegradable shoes concept. Constantly striving to expand his knowledge, network with potential partners, suppliers and customers, Alton in a sense is already living his dream. But he dreams big, and that means someday doing work that helps to build nations, grow economies, and truly change the world one venture at a time.