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Indian American trailblazers among distinguished recipients of Emory Entrepreneurship Awards

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Cover photos courtesy: Emory Alumni website.

Atlanta, GA, March 25, 2024: The annual Emory Entrepreneurship Awards, a celebration of entrepreneurial excellence among Emory alumni, is set to recognize two remarkable Indian American entrepreneurs, Anu Chiluveru and Shashwat Murarka, among nine distinguished recipients. Established by dedicated alumni volunteers committed to showcasing the achievements of Emory graduates in the business realm, these awards spotlight individuals who have made significant strides in their respective ventures, driving innovation, growth, and influence across various industries.

Coming from a background in education with a strong passion for Atlanta’s culture, Anu Chiluveru has a unique perspective on business strategy and operations as an entrepreneur. Along with building systems that are optimized for creative individuals, Anu focuses on pioneering innovative operational strategies that not only enhance efficiency but also position her company for sustainable growth and success. She believes in a people-centric approach, fostering a collaborative and diverse work culture actively allowing for an equitable and inclusive environment that empowers her team to excel. This commitment to nurturing the creative workforce not only improves productivity but also establishes Chil Media as an agency known for its innovative solutions. As the company expands, Anu’s aspirations include providing workshops, seminars, and coaching services to emerging business owners and entrepreneurs in the future.

Shashwat Murarka, CEO of doorstep.ai, charts a remarkable journey characterized by diligence and adaptability. Prior to founding doorstep, he successfully launched an independent e-commerce venture during the pandemic. From the venture’s inception, Shashwat single-handedly orchestrated the development of the website, growth strategies, and payment systems. Achieving rapid growth and securing six figures over subsequent collections, the venture garnered worldwide profits. Guided by family encouragement to pursue education, Shashwat temporarily exited the e-commerce venture to attend Emory. After graduation, he re-entered the entrepreneurial scene with doorstep.ai, beginning as a student founder within the Emory incubator. Notably, Shashwat’s commitment to intimately understanding business problems led him to work as a delivery driver, gaining firsthand experience and insights into the challenges faced by the industry. Under his leadership, doorstep.ai has garnered recognition in the prestigious Antler Founders Residency in New York City, securing a significant half-million-dollar investment from the venture capital arm. Shashwat’s story reflects resilience, strategic vision, and a commitment to entrepreneurial excellence.

The nine ambitious Emory alumni who are blazing trails in health care, artificial intelligence, business, nonprofits, and more will be awarded at a reception in April 2024.

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