Entrepreneurship Student Honored by White House

UMKC EScholar Riddiman Das Honored by U.S. President as an Immigrant Innovator “Champion of Change”

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Das (photo courtesy of Dave Kaut/Kansas City Business Journal)

On Wednesday, May 29th, the White House honored 11 people as Immigrant Innovator “Champions of Change.” Among the elite 11 was UMKC graduate Riddiman Das. This Champions event highlights immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs – the best and brightest from around the world – who are helping create American jobs, grow our economy, and make our nation more competitive.

“Immigrants have long made America more prosperous and innovative, and the Champions we are celebrating today represent the very best in leadership, entrepreneurship, and public service,” said US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park.  “We are proud to recognize these leaders who work every day to grow our economy, advance science and technology, and support their home communities.”

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

Das came to the United States in 2008 to pursue an American college education and study computer science, mathematics and entrepreneurship. As an undergraduate student, he co-founded three startup tech companies—Dr. Peet’s Software, LLC, TalentHelix LLC, and Galleon Labs LLC.  He is also heavily involved with EyeVerify LLC, a Kansas City-based technology startup that has commercialized the Eyeprint Verification System as a simple, safe replacement for entering passwords on smartphones.

After his graduation from college, Das he had to either join a bigger company who could sponsor his visa, or remain enrolled in school in order to stay in the country and be able to focus on his businesses, so he decided to pursue a graduate degree and remain engaged in his businesses.  “My proudest moment was being able to hire two of my fellow graduates and one of my college professors full time to work at my consulting company three months after I graduated,” Das said.

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