2022 Werth Innovators

Danielle Bernard
Danielle Bernard attended a small catholic high school in Bridgeport, CT, where she graduated as the salutatorian of her class. She is a member of the National Honors Society. She received over ten awards, some of them being The Bridgeport Rotary Club Service Above Self Award, the Philip Broadhurst Award, and The Cornell Book Award. Danielle is also the Co-Founder of the mentorship and scholarship program, T.O.P. She is currently working towards her degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. She is on the Dean’s list and finished her first year of college with a 3.9. Danielle hopes to mentor and educate students while enforcing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in the education system. She hopes to bring opportunities and introduce entrepreneurship skills to students. Danielle is committed to change, activism, education, inspiring others, and making a difference in the community.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielle-bernard-42a945228/


Laura Braddick
Laura is a Management student at the University of Connecticut School of Business. Outfit Insider is her start-up, establishing an unbiased platform for communities to review, share, and analyze their purchases transparently. Formerly, she was on the UConn Division I women's rowing team. Originally from Kennebunk, Maine, she's passionate about entrepreneurship and sustainable fashion. She studied luxury design management at Parsons the New School in Paris and Polimoda in Florence.

Laura gained experience through a venture capital internship at Loeb.nyc this summer with their portfolio company Nunbelievable. She is a Werth Innovator and incoming Hillside Venture analyst. Currently, she's engaged in ClimateWerx and Build Hartford cohorts as well as continuing my position at Loeb.nyc this semester.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-braddick/


Charlotte Chen
Charlotte Chen is from Weston, Connecticut pursuing a dual major in Materials Science and Engineering and Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Honors Program. She has experience as the Digital Editor of The Daily Campus and as the Vice President of Origami Club. She is also one of the co-founders of Geomate, an app that helps to ensure safe walking at night. When she's not working or in classes, Charlotte can be found crocheting the days away, tending to her mini plant army, and making noise with her violin.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotte-chen-64563616a/


Nathan Catapano
Nathan is studying Communications at the University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and disc golf. Nathan is also the founder of Swipestorm, a software company that offers digital solutions for restaurant management. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, leadership, and communication.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathancatapano/


Nathaly Herrera
Nathaly is an incoming junior Honors student studying Financial Management on the UConn Stamford campus. At school, Nathaly is a part of the Business Connections Learning Community, heavily involved in the Honors program as a Communications Coordinator and PATH Mentor, a part of the Student Government Association, and is a School of Business Peer Advisor on campus! One of her passions is playing tennis, coaching tennis, and giving back to the community! With this, her goal is to create a program that would support and teach students tennis while also giving back to their local community. This could be through volunteering efforts, community service efforts etc. Nathaly hopes to find others within the Werth Institute to work together on this project, or even possibly merge her ideas with someone else’s. More than anything she is excited to network with and meet other entrepreneurial students and get to share ideas with them! One of her goals is to also obtain a leadership position within the Werth Institute, and try and recruit more UConn Stamford students to join the new Stamford cohort! Outside of school and tennis, Nathaly enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, going to concerts, working, and playing with her cat!

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathaly-herrera/


Arav Parikh
Arav is a third year Honors Computer Science student at the University of Connecticut with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. Arav is interested in applying the emerging fields of AI and data science for the social good and has already had countless opportunities in his time as an undergrad to do so. One of these opportunities as the Lead Data Scientist at UConn startup PatentPlus not only allowed Arav to hone his technical skills but also discover his passion for entrepreneurship. As a NursEng Fellow this year, he hopes to be able to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in the world of healthcare with a multidisciplinary team. In his free time, Arav enjoys playing and watching sports, running, cooking, and listening to music. As a Werth Innovator, Arav hopes to be able to network with like-minded individuals, refine his softer skills, and kickstart his entrepreneurial journey.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arav-parikh/


Asley Perez
Asley Perez, a third-year undergraduate majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology with a minor in Communications at the University of Connecticut, is a versatile and detail-oriented professional. As an EMT with a strong commitment to healthcare, she has provided timely and compassionate emergency medical care at New Britain EMS. Simultaneously, Asley is an entrepreneur, owning Asley's Backyard LLC, a landscaping and masonry company in New Haven County, which champions women's empowerment in a traditionally male-dominated field. Her involvement in the Werth Innovators Leadership Development Program Cohort showcases her commitment to making a meaningful impact on her entrepreneurial journey. Her assistant research in Allied Health, focusing on the impact of social media on health promotion, demonstrates her commitment to improving the well-being of individuals and families, particularly pregnant or postpartum individuals. Asley's academic prowess, entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, and dedication to healthcare have shaped her into a versatile and driven professional.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asley-perez-7517b0223/


Jonathan Schoelkopf
Jonathan Schoelkopf is a 3rd-year Management & Entrepreneurship student extremely passionate about the ever-revolving door of businesses. He's been a part of the Werth Institute since the Fall of 2022 and currently participating in the Fall 2023 ClimateWerx cohort. Beyond that, he's involved with Hillside Ventures investing in early-stage startups and a former member of the Business Connections Learning Community. A few of his interests include sustainable fashion, small businesses, and seeing the world.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-schoelkopf/



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