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A Road Trip to Entrepreneurship

Andrew Bouldin takes accelerated path with launch of his own venture

Andrew Bouldin
Principal, FCA Venture Partners

Vanderbilt MBA 2010

By the time he was 21, Andrew Bouldin had started and sold his first company—a successful lawn care/landscaping business. Through that experience, he says, "I was hooked on the ability to make five times as much as my friends while setting my own schedule." After his sophomore year at the University of Tennessee, Andrew completed the Accelerator program at Owen, where he was one of 20 students selected to design a $5 million marketing plan to help Dodge improve its brand image among college students. During the remainder of his time in college, he and a student team helped implement that plan, reaching their audience through online promotions they developed from scratch. For a business launcher such as Andrew, an avid backpacker who has visited 35 countries, an MBA at Owen was the logical step after graduation. "To be a major asset to a startup," he says, "I wanted to build on the skills I had learned and become more confident in my own entrepreneurial abilities." His internship was a natural choice, too. Andrew worked for his own company, MyCollegeRoadTrip.com—a travel planning site aimed at college students. Andrew launched the site in the fall of 2008. Business boomed. Now, as a principal in a venture capital firm, Andrew continues to apply what he learned from his MBA concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship. Along with reviewing investment opportunities, he's involved in the Nashville entrepreneurship community as a member of Leadership Healthcare, a mentor at Blueprint Health, and the Jumpstart Foundry, and as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Owen Entrepreneurship Center.