By Amanda Sulkosky,
Stillman News Writer
On Thursday, Jan. 14, Ryan Skolnick’s startup, Aveho Learning, was one of thirty-two student startups who advanced to the semi-final round of the 2015-2016 Student Startup Madness (SSM) Tournament.
SSM is a nationwide tournament that focuses on digital media startups from entrepreneurs still in college.
This amazing opportunity gives students the chance to vastly increase their professional networks.
It can often lead to finding investors and other supporters.
The semi-finalists represent twenty-five different colleges and universities, with startups ranging from media and entertainment to medical devices.
The next step is reaching the SSM National Champions at South by Southwest.
There, the final eight startups will present their business to experienced entrepreneurs.
Skolnick, a Stillman sophomore, has experience in pitching Aveho Learning.
In 2015, he won Pirate’s Pitch, an annual Seton Hall University venture fund competition.
When looking back at the experience Skolnick stated, “I was very proud to make it into the top 32 of SSM. It was honestly amazing to see the culmination of my hard work in getting to the top 32!”
Making the cut into the top thirty-two is a great honor, and the fact that he was able to learn from those around him made the experience even more enriching.
Aveho Learning is a startup that creates a video-game like experience in order to teach students both the culture and language of a country.
The idea behind Aveho Learning is to immerse the user in the foreign language that he or she chooses to learn.
Aveho is pronounced “A-Way-Ho.” It is not a word that one would normally think of; therefore.
After inquiring why Skolnick chose the name he said, “I came up with the name Aveho because it means ‘I carry’ in Latin. When you are using Aveho Learning, you are carrying the language with you.”
Skolnick is looking forward to the future of Aveho Learning and seeing its impact on the world.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 9th print edition.
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