Three Brown students have been named the first recipients of Brown Venture Launch Fund's grants for entrepreneurial projects.  Receiving "Level 1" grants of $1,500: Tim Natividad, whose Social Exposures is a web-portal and phone app that will publish photographic essays about pressing social issues; Hao Tran, whose FundAField aggregates small donations to build soccer fields in post-conflict communities in Africa to improve the quality of education and to reconnect families affected by the conflict; and Eddie Diaz-Santana, whose Pokhara Project seeks to understand the system of orphan care in Pokhara, Nepal, with the goal of improving the quality of health care and other support to the orphans. Made possible by an anonymous donor, the Brown Venture Launch Fund (BVLF) serves the Brown community by encouraging student entrepreneurs to take their ideas and make them into new ventures. The BVLF provides three levels of awards: ventures will typically begin with a level one award and progress through the following two levels if they are able to explain what they accomplished, what they learned, and why they are ready to progress to the next level.  The fund is a collaborative project of the Office of the Dean of the College, the Brown Entrepreneurship Program, the Social Innovation Initiative, and the Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship program. 

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