Early Charm Hosts Eight Collegiate Interns this Summer

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

College Interns with Early Charm are studying engineering, aquaculture

technologies, computer science, chemistry and business administration

July 22, 2021, Baltimore, MD – Early Charm, a company that creates, owns and operates ventures that convert science to revenue, this summer is hosting a class of eight collegiate Interns, each of whom are complementing their academic work by learning more about market research, international marketing strategy, business planning and technology commercialization.

Early Charm’s 2021 Interns are:

Troy Baker, a Rochester NY native and rising senior at UMBC, is working this summer with Early Charm’s portfolio company, Lankenau Ventures, as a Research and Design Engineer. At UMBC, Troy is studying Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Biomechanics and Prosthetic Design while racing for the university's Division 1 swim team.

Satya Baliga, from Princeton, NJ, is majoring in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University with a minor in entrepreneurship and management. During the academic year, Satya volunteers with Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) and serves as a campus tour guide. For Early Charm this summer, she is conducting customer discovery and market research for three technologies in Early Charm’s Engineered Products portfolio. Satya is aiming for a career in consulting or business.

Indyah Davis is a Baltimore native who resides in Pikesville, MD. She is a recent graduate of Baltimore’s Bard High School Early College, graduating with her Associate's Degree and High School Diploma. Indyah is currently studying HTML and CSS as a junior web developer. This summer, she is working with Early Charm’s Web Development Project to expand her skill set. Indyah will attend Capital Tech College this fall to pursue a degree in Computer Science.

Nikelene Mclean, a native of Saint Vincent, is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Bioenvironmental Science at Morgan State University. This summer, Nikelene is working with Early Charm portfolio company, Minnowtech, as an aquaculture technology associate. Her academic research includes conducting aquatic and ecological research through the employment of sonar technology, GIS techniques, data analysis and predictive modeling. For her career, Nikelene is interested in aquaculture, ecosystem management, climate change adaptability and environmental governance.

Daniel Nafarrete, from San Diego, CA, is pursuing a major in Electronic Technology at Kauai Community College, Hawaii. This summer, Daniel is working with Early Charm’s portfolio company, Minnowtech, as an aquaculture technology technician on a shrimp farm in Kauai. His current career focus is on exploring innovative applications of electronic technologies within the aquaculture field.

Lori Sawyer, a native of The Bahamas, is a graduate student at the University of Baltimore with plans to complete her MBA (with a focus in Marketing) this fall. Sawyer is working with Early Charm this summer to help develop and implement Early Charm and portfolio company engagement and PR messaging on social platforms; support development of marketing collateral; and support the implementation of outbound automation campaigns for customer discovery.

Connor Walsh, from Pittsburgh, PA, is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a major Biology and minor in Chemistry. He is currently completing a Masters of Professional Science in Aquaculture at the University of Miami. This summer, Connor is an Aquaculture Technology Intern for Early Charm’s portfolio company, Minnowtech, and is based in Kauai, Hawaii.

Ashley Ye, from Rockville, MD, is a rising sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley and is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Ye is interested in computer vision and in exploring the applications of computer science within healthcare among other fields.

“We’re excited to host this dynamic group of students as our 2021 Early Charm intern class,” said Ken Malone, Executive Officer with Early Charm. “It’s a boon for our team to have the opportunity to engage with these interns and help them bolster their academic work and experiences with practical learning through interaction with our Early Charm portfolio companies.”

About Early Charm:

Early Charm creates, owns and operates businesses that convert science into revenue. We are the management team, the operators and the entrepreneurs. We don’t write checks and just pop in for board meetings. We show up to our labs, our production facilities and our offices every day to do all the heavy lifting in our portfolio companies. Learn more: www.earlycharm.com

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