DC: What’s your name, major, and anticipated graduation year?
Bekele: My name is Hana Bekele and I am a Community Health Major graduating this Spring 2021.
DC: In two to three sentences, how would you describe your startup?
Bekele: Hana’s Cake Bar is a bespoke bakery where I tailor every baked good for what the customer desires. I aim to provide high quality and unique flavors for every treat.
DC: At what point did you know you wanted to create your own startup?
Bekele: My startup was actually created by accident. I created a cake design for a friend just to see how well I could do it and once I posted it a lot of people started inquiring about cakes so I thought I should start it up.
DC: What or who is your biggest influence for your startup?
Bekele: My friends are my biggest influences for my startup. Since the beginning they’ve encouraged me and have always helped me through everything for my business.
DC: In the new virtual world, how has your focus or ideas changed?
Bekele: The virtual world definitely helps my ideas. Following new cake trends and ideas that are all over social media helps me keep up.
DC: What updates or significant accomplishments can you share with us about your company from the last six months?
Bekele: Well my company only started 6 months ago, but in 6 months I have been able to surpass my revenue goal which is a huge accomplishment for me.
DC: If you could give advice to any aspiring entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Bekele: If I could give advice to any inspiring entrepreneurs I would say to do it! You lose nothing from trying something out so I would definitely encourage them to follow what they want to do.