Julia Winter

Julia Winter

Founder & CEO


Alchemie

Detroit, MI USA


Don’t look for a problem to solve. Know in your heart what problem you want to solve. Then the hurdles won’t feel as high.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Growing up she was an avid athlete and a camp counselor—says these interests sparked an early interest in working with young people and teaching.
Attended the University of Minnesota where she received two bachelor’s degrees; one in chemistry, and one in education.
Got married and moved to Utah with her husband where she began teaching middle school chemistry.
Attended Wayne State University where she received her master’s degree in chemistry.
Moved to Detroit, MI to accept a teaching position at Detroit Country Day School, a private college preparatory school—she taught chemistry and coached track there for over 20 years.
In 2013, she started her first company, OChemPrep, an online preparation program designed to help students succeed in college organic chemistry, but it only lasted one summer.
Inspired by the idea of teaching digitally and using technology to better help students, she started her second company, Alchemie, which creates digital tools for students to learn chemistry concepts.
In 2016, she earned the James Bryant Conant Award, the highest honor given to a high school teacher by the American Chemical Society.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Chemistry, General
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
undergrad
Bachelor
Education, General
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
graduate
Graduate
Chemistry, General
Wayne State University
Career

Career

Founder & CEO

I create mobile learning technology that makes learning accessible and affordable for students.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Science
Education
Education
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I consider myself the VP of Sales for our company, so I go to a lot of conferences and events to demo our product and generate interest among faculty and students. I also do a lot of research and development on the marketing side of things like using influencer marketing, social media, etc. in order to help grow our business. I also do a lot of fundraising.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

My time as a teacher has given me valuable insight into what teachers and students need, which has made the product development side of my business easier. Coaching sports has also helped prepare me for my role as CEO and leading people effectively. Playing sports or being on a team prepares you for a lot of things in business. Have an understanding of marketing, PR, sales, and social media. Those areas are hugely important when starting a business and helping it succeed.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Trust your instincts. You have to go with your gut. Embrace your mistakes and learn from them, but never stop trying things. Never close a door or burn bridges. Networking keeps you in the game and can make or break you.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"Why are you giving up your good job with benefits?"

Challenges I Overcame

Career Change
Financial