Sithara Gajapala

Major: Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation, Business Management

Minor: Statistics

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Academic year: Senior


What are you most looking forward to this year in the Shoemaker Scholars? What is one thing you hope to accomplish?

I am looking forward to bringing IU students across campus together to network and form entrepreneurial teams. I’d love to connect with innovative people and get a glimpse of how they see the world. 


What innovative or entrepreneurial projects are you working on this year? 

My startup, Eleadora Beauty, is an online beauty retailer that features skincare, haircare and makeup from minority-owned businesses and international companies looking to expand to US markets. 


What’s one piece of advice you have for IU students with regard to innovation and entrepreneurship? 

Keep your eyes peeled for problems you encounter in the world. Rather than letting them get you down, think of ways for them to be solved, or how a process could be made better. Then, come talk to us so we can help you get started!