Born in Dorms: ORIGAMI Brings Japanese Art Shock to the World

3 Day Startup explores the journey of student entrepreneurs from all over the world in the ongoing blog series Born in Dorms. Universities are ripe for more innovation: the combination of bright students, open information, and more accessible tech creates an environment where student companies can flourish better than ever before. These highly motivated and driven students share their successes, failures, and everything in between as they navigate the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship in their local communities. Read more about each student’s unique perspective on building a viable company in and around campus.

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Co-Founder of ORIGAMI, Hirokazu Morita and team at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Hirokazu Morita, a MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, co-founded ORIGAMI with Yuto Ezure in 2012.

ORIGAMI brings Japanese Art Shock to the world by connecting Japanese art to the global market, especially the online game industry. ORIGAMI offers character designs, animations, 3D arts, and other creative artworks through their online stock and direct sales services. Their mission is to bridge the huge gap between individual Japanese artists and the global market.

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Born in Dorms: ZipFit Denim, helps men find perfect jeans

3 Day Startup explores the journey of student entrepreneurs from all over the world in the ongoing blog series Born in Dorms. Universities are ripe for more innovation: the combination of bright students, open information, and more accessible tech creates an environment where student companies can flourish better than ever before. These highly motivated and driven students share their successes, failures, and everything in between as they navigate the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship in their local communities. Read more about each student’s unique perspective on building a viable company in and around campus.

ZipFit Denim, UChicago

ZipFit Denim, UChicago

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Liz Kammel, a MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, co-founded ZipFit Denim with Seth Pychewicz in 2011.

ZipFit Denim helps men find perfect fitting jeans through proprietary technology that matches users to their ideal pair of jeans based on true size and specific fit preferences. Zipfit expedites and simplifies the jeans shopping experience for men who don’t like to shop. Users can buy recommended jeans from ZipFit online or they can visit the flagship retail store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

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Born in Dorms: Kip Solutions, from student startup to acquired company

3 Day Startup explores the journey of student entrepreneurs from all over the world in the ongoing blog series, Born in Dorms. Universities are ripe for more innovation: the combination of bright students, open information, and more accessible tech creates an environment where student companies can flourish better than ever before. These highly motivated and driven students share their successes, failures, and everything in between as they navigate the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship in their local communities. Read more about each student’s unique perspective on building a viable company in and around campus.

Co-founders Sonia and Patrick at NYSE

Patrick Ip (right), UChicago, Co-founder of Kip Solutions

Kip Solutions logoPatrick Ip is a senior political science major at the University of Chicago. He founded
Kip Solutions in September 2011 with Kavya Shankar (Harvard ’14) and Sonia Chokshi (Tufts ’14).

Kip Solutions helps social impact companies disseminate their message using social media and the web. Kip Solutions aims to magnify the charitable work that organizations do by helping them re-work their digital image and strategy to maximize their impact. Current clients include, AMIS Cameroon, a hybrid profit and not-for-profit that bridges the gap between farmers and consumers to reduce hunger and poverty for millions of Cameroonians.

“It was important to our initial momentum that on day one, we had paying clients. Kip Solutions wasn’t a business idea that we sat around a Starbucks trying to come up with, but instead, by clients coming to us seeking our skills to solve their problems. After signing our first four clients, we realized there was a larger market to scale our talents and help more people,” says Ip.

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