Em­i­lie CusH­man

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KiRa Tal­enT

When Em­i­lie Cush­man ap­plied to the men­tor­ing pro­gram the Next 36, she had to sub­mit a minute-long YouTube video pitch­ing her­self. The ex­pe­ri­ence sparked the idea for Kira Tal­ent, an on­line in­ter­view plat­form that sim­pli­fies aca­demic ap­pli­ca­tions. Over the next cou­ple of years, Cush­man con­nected with uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try, and col­lected fund­ing from arts white knight Gary Slaight and eco­nomic whiz Roger Martin. Th­ese days, she counts more than 150 school pro­grams—in­clud­ing ones at Yale, North­west­ern and Toronto’s big three—as clients.

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