CEO and Founder of GreenHopping and Co-Founder of InsideCrowd
Catherine is an entrepreneur that uses her skills to help others unlock their true potential through creativity and mindfulness. She was named as a "Top Food Tech Entrepreneur to Watch in NYC" by AlleyWatch. Catherine is laser focused on behavioral change and food policy; and at the heart of it all is her passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and communications. Catherine co-founded GreenHopping in 2014 with her husband. GreenHopping is an app, e-commerce, and marketplace start-up aimed at inspiring healthy food choices by connecting you to the nearest options near you while at home, on-the-go, or when traveling, for delivery or pick-up. Catherine is completing her Masters Degree in Food Policy from New York University (NYU) and earned her BA in International Relations and Politics from Coventry University, England. She is originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and grew up in Geneva, Switzerland and Brussels, Belgium partially. She is the founder of the technology and wellness start-up GreenHopping, the creative consulting agency InsideCrowd, and is co-founding her third company, GRACEx, a sacred space for female minds to unite, create, and inspire. She is a regular public speaker, and was most recently at Harvard University and Alley NYC. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, NY. You can follow her on Instagram here and here.
What is your top tip to current students?
To travel, branch out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and network! It all comes back in the end and it's who you meet on the journey that then comes back to help you achieve your dreams.
How did studying at Coventry University enhance your career?
My experience at Coventry is what broadened my horizons and allowed me to grow professionally and personally. The UK's educational system taught me how to become independent, analytical, self-sufficient, and a hard worker. My professors at university showed me that team work is what's most important to succeed and that networking is a valuable tool; which pushed me to use my social skills to connect with mentors. Subsequently, the UK's progressive educational system allowed me to take unpaid positions in the Dom. Rep., Berlin, and my first internship in New York City which is where I jump-started my career upon graduation (CU provided a stipend). These experiences were instrumental in my growth as a professional and in becoming a worldly/conscientious being; I learned how to relate to others coming from a different culture, language, or values which are pivotal. The UK is the hub of progressive mindsets and its encouragement to go beyond what's available is what made me who I am today.
What is your favourite memory of Coventry?
All of the good times I shared with the friends I made, both English and international (thank you Erasmus!) Good times at the SU and fond memories of moving every single year.
What would you say to a student thinking of studying at here?
To take advantage of the opportunities that the University has to offer (travel, paid placements, etc) and to tap into the very solid network of top professors.