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Nathaniel Houghton '07

• Start-ups, Entrepreneurship
Nathaniel Houghton '07
• Start-ups, Entrepreneurship

Nathaniel (Nate) Houghton is a founder, an advisor to other founders, and a believer in the potential of entrepreneurship for international, local, and personal development. He is passionate about catalyzing positive change through entrepreneurship at any scale and across all sectors. 
 
Nate's current venture, growth IQ, is an ambitious solution for retail real estate. Beginning by empowering brokers, growth IQ endeavors to maximize the efforts of retail real estate professionals through technology. Using a database of hundreds of retailers and thousands of properties, growth IQ connects retailers, property owners, and brokers with hidden real estate opportunities.
 
Before growth IQ, Nate founded the Congo Leadership Initiative, a nonprofit organization that trains young leaders and entrepreneurs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. CLI has trained over 1,400 young leaders who have started hundreds of social and for-profit ventures. During CLI's most recent Leadership Institute, youth participating in the program averaged a 43% profit margin on their entrepreneurial ventures in a country where the median income is less than $1 per day. He also mentors young entrepreneurs through Catapult, an outstanding program that fosters youth entrepreneurship in the United States.
 
Nate has a bachelor's degree from Cornell and half of an MBA from Harvard. He is an avid runner (though not as avid as he probably should be) and a hopeful Buffalo Bills fan.
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