Olivia Menzia (Comm ‘19) and Gabriella Suliga (Arts ‘20) were recently been named to Wisconsin Inno’s “Under 25: The Rising Wisconsin Tech Leaders to Watch” list.
A digital media and events company, Inno covers news about Wisconsin startups and technology. Since 2018, Inno has been reporting on the state’s ecosystem, producing content about the entrepreneurs, executives, startups, businesses, trends and topics that are the shaping the present and future of Wisconsin’s economy.
Menzia, who studied advertising and graphic design, is the founder of “Liv a Little Ice Cream,” a vegan ice cream brand she launched during her final semester at Marquette. The brand quickly caught on with students, selling 100 half-pints in the first two weeks. Menzia is the creative manager at Blue & Gold Ventures, Marquette’s student–run business program and the only one of its kind in the state of Wisconsin. She’s also the artist behind Milwaukee Brewing Company’s mural and a freelance graphic designer for several startups.
Suliga studies political science and philosophy. She is the president and director of events for the Marquette Blockchain Lab, a resource for blockchain innovation in the Milwaukee area. Suliga and her team have organized the 2018 Milwaukee Blockchain Conference at Northwestern Mutual and the 2019 Digital Economies Summit at Cream City Labs, hosting more than 800 tech developers, entrepreneurs and business professionals at the events.
Last February, Suliga led a workshop on student entrepreneurship at Harvard University. She was named the “2019 Miss Milwaukee Area” and has spoken at high schools across Wisconsin to inspire students to pursue entrepreneurship as a career path.