Diving into Entrepreneurship
The Widener advantage helps Markevis Gideon launch a technology repair company and plunge into the ABC Shark Tank.
- School of Business Administration
- College of Arts and Sciences
Markevis Gideon ‘10 credits Widener University for nurturing his entrepreneurial spirit and leading him on a life-changing path that resulted in his technology repair company being featured on the popular television show Shark Tank.
Widener faculty and staff supported him at every turn. They helped him secure scholarships and work-study positions to finance his education; they led him and other students on a global exchange trip to China; and they cheered him on as he sought investment in his budding business venture.
Widener has exposed me to a great deal of opportunities that forever shaped my life. Now, as a well-traveled entrepreneur with a young but growing business, I am excited to see how Widener University is still preparing graduates toward a path of excellence. – Markevis Gideon
From the age of 12, Markevis Gideon had an interest in computers. Naturally, at Widener, he combined this passion with the skills to be business savvy – double majoring in computer science and accounting.
Faculty and staff helped Markevis get scholarships and work-study positions that allowed him to focus on his studies, instead of finances. He also joined Spectrum, a club focused on diversity, and volunteered for a financial outreach initiative through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
He was selected as an ambassador to represent Widener at Chongqing Technology and Business University in China. The experience prompted him to move after graduation to China, where he lived for five years.
Markevis now owns NERDiT NOW, a company specialized in fast technology repairs. He and his partners appeared on Shark Tank, a popular ABC show that gives entrepreneurs a chance to secure business deals. While the company didn’t get funding, the investors agreed they are destined to go far.
Harkening back to Widener’s devotion to civic engagement, the NERDiT Foundation donates computers to community centers and nonprofits in underserved neighborhoods in Wilmington, Delaware.