is proud to honor Mawukle Yebuah, a University of Denver graduate student and co-founder of Flare & Square (, as a distinguished finalist for his outstanding achievements in entrepreneurship.

You can learn more about Mawukle in his interview below, and also find out what award winner Cassandra Lin and distinguished finalist Gianfranco Filice have to say.

Square & Flare Co-Founders Mawukle Yebuah and Fatima Rashad

Square & Flare Co-Founders Mawukle Yebuah and Fatima Rashad

What inspired you to start your own business venture?

I was inspired by the hard work of my parents, who both worked multiple jobs to support our family growing up. It was their sacrifice and resilience that inspired me to face the many obstacles of being an entrepreneur and take a leap to start my own business. My dream is to use Flare & Square to support my family in the States and my family in Ghana.

How did/do you balance your business project with school and your other responsibilities?

I balance my business, school and other responsibilities by organizing everything I have to do into weekly tasks. Then I prioritize everything into daily tasks so I am able to take it all one day at a time. I also recently started practicing meditation and breathing techniques as a way to manage stress.

What’s one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far?

One of the biggest lessons I learned so far is to ask for help and put a team of amazing people around me. Flare & Square would not be possible without the help I received from my business partner and childhood friend, Fatima Rashad. It is our teamwork and partnership that has allowed us to grow the business and establish ourselves online and in stores.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

In 10 years I see myself continuing to grow Flare & Square with my business partner Fatima Rashad. We will be using our business to give back to our community and helping the younger members of our family to go to college and achieve their dreams.

What advice would you give to other young entrepreneurs?

My advice to young entrepreneurs is to simply take a leap of faith. As a young entrepreneur you face many doubts from people around you and even from yourself. However, by taking that first step you will open yourself up to new learning opportunities that will allow you to progress towards your dream.

Here’s a little more about Mawukle, from the 2017 Future Entrepreneurs Scholarship announcement:

Yebuah developed a passion for entrepreneurship from his parents, Ghanaian immigrants who each worked three jobs to support their family. In his senior year of college, Yebuah co-founded Square & Flare, a retail company that specializes in fashionable pocket square accessories.

Currently a first-year student in Denver University’s Master of Science in Marketing program, Yebuah is committed to giving back to his community. He developed a business plan workshop and teaches minority students how to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses. In 2016, Yebuah chaired Denver University’s Black Male Initiative Summit program, an event that he’s worked with for five years.

The Future Entrepreneurs Scholarship is given annually to one student currently in college or graduate school. The recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the current school year. Distinguished finalists are not usually part of the scholarship, but two were chosen this year because of the high quality of applicants. is an automotive data and research company that helps consumers find the best car deals by providing key insights and guidance. It turns used and new car shopping on its head by applying big data analytics powered by over 25 billion (and growing) data points and using proprietary algorithms to objectively analyze, score and rank millions of cars and thousands of dealers. Based in the Boston area, was founded by former TripAdvisor and SAP developers and executives determined to improve the car shopping experience for consumers.

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