National Advocacy Council of Young Entrepreneurs

Council Members |  About Empact

The National Advocacy Council of Young Entrepreneurs (NACYE) represents the voice of young entrepreneurs in Washington, DC. The council brings together Empact’s network of the country’s top young entrepreneurs and the advocacy resources of the nation’s largest business federation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Council participation includes:

  • Addressing legislative priorities with congressional leadership
  • Contributing content for and other communication properties
  • Networking opportunities and speaking engagements at U.S. Chamber events
  • Invitations to briefings on issues impacting small businesses by Chamber policy experts

Issue Priorities

Council members selected the following legislative priorities for 2013:

    Council Member Shradha Agarwal addresses attendees at the 2013 Free Enterprise Summit
    • Immigration
    • Crowdfunding
    • Intellectual Property

    Council members will address these concerns, and a range of other issues impacting their businesses, by raising public awareness and meeting with Members of Congress and their staff.



    Council Members

    Ahmed Khattak, GSM Nation

    Ahmed Khattak graduated from Yale in 2009. He founded GSM Nation in 2010 and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute was instrumental in ensuring that they hit the ground running. At Yale Ahmed was a part of the Varsity Squash Team. GSMight Nation has been a major influence in raising consumer awareness and the industry-wide shift away from overpriced contracts.

    GSM Nation, a wireless retail and services company, is changing the way we use our phones. Disrupting the market like no-one else, it is encouraging the US wireless industry to shift away from the practice of roping customers into restrictive, overpriced contracts by offering alternatives that would save wireless customers in the US in the region of $1 billion dollars.

    Shradha Agarwal, ContextMedia

    ContextMedia co-founder Shradha Agarwal has always had a passion for communication and launched her first media enterprise at age 9. While building ContextMediae from the ground up, she branded the healthcare media company as for-benefit, a successful for-profit enterprise that exists for social benefit, and focused on organizational culture architecture. Having led ContextMedia's product developments strategies for media and technology, Shradha currently designs and oversees the expansion initiatives that have doubled the company's growth year-over-year.

    Shradha is also an angel investor, conference speaker and startup advisor, mentoring at the Founder Institute, serving on the board of Northwestern Student Holdings, and participating at YEC, 1871, CEO, IIEE, The Executives' Club of Chicago and Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Shradha, along with co-founder Rishi, was honored at the White House as Empact's top 100 young entrepreneurs in the country. Shradha was also recognized by Crain's Chicago Business as one of the Tech 50 individuals leading Chicago's startup wave and inducted into the 40 Under 40 list of young achievers in 2012.

    Robby Hill, HillSouth

    Robby Hill is an entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of an information technology consulting firm called HillSouth. Prior to forming HillSouth in 2000 while still in high school, Robby spent 2 years working with the local technical college building their online college program and at a Fortune 500 paper-products company providing intranet expertise. His company, HillSouth, employs 21 people and has offices in Florence and Myrtle Beach providing application development and strategic information technology consulting for companies and organizations around the Southeastern US.

    Mr. Hill has served as a director of numerous non-profit organizations.

    Eric Corl, Fundable

    Eric has spent the last 8 years building companies that help entrepreneurs thrive. In 2004, as a Freshman at Ohio State, Eric was part of the founding team of, the first online funding platform connecting entrepreneurs with investors. The site has grown to over 400,000 members and 20,000 active, accredited investors. In 2007 Eric launched, which grew to be the largest online marketplace for intellectual property, matching over 10,000 patent holders with licensees and buyers.

    Eric currently serves as the President of, which he co-founded in 2011 to help entrepreneurs benefit from the recently passed JOBS Act Legislation, providing a platform to help small businesses raise capital.

    Rahim Fazal, Involver

    Rahim Fazal is a technology entrepreneur, startup adviser and public speaker who’s built three software companies, two which he sold by the time he was thirty.

    Most recently, Rahim was the Founder and CEO of Involver, an enterprise social media platform used by more than one million companies and many Fortune 500 brands, such as Best Buy, Target, Nike, MTV, and Facebook. Involver was a founding member of Facebook’s Preferred Developer Program, the first company to bring business applications into Facebook, and the platform Facebook chose to power its most high-profile marketing activities, including the Super Bowl, Olympics, World Cup and 500m user milestone.

    Chad French, PeerFly, Inc.

    Chad French is a high school dropout turned successful entrepreneur. After learning how to build websites by the age of 14, he began earning money online through commerce & advertising. Ten years later while unemployed and stretching the revenue earned from selling his last website, he built and founded PeerFly, Inc., now an award-winning, full-service sales & marketing agency. PeerFly’s main claim to fame is the PeerFly Affiliate Network that utilizes a risk-free; performance based marketing approach to drive new customers and sales to businesses all over the world.

    Benjamin Clarke, PeopleToMySite & InsideAgents

    Ben is a genetic engineer and bioinformatics developer turned serial entrepreneur and financier.   He started in 2006, as a sophomore in college, by creating one of the fastest growing cloud application development firms in the country.

    Ben joined the marketing technology firm PeopleToMySite as an executive in late 2009, at a time when the firm was losing over 1MM annually and had virtually no hope of surviving.  Over the next three years, he reimagined and reignited the company until it became one of the fastest growing marketing technology firms in the US— with nearly 80 employees, dozens of blue chip clients, and thousands of small business customers.

    Shama KabaniMarketing Zen Group

    Shama Kabani is a technology entrepreneur, a best-selling author, a public speaker, and a web and television personality. She is chief executive officer of the Marketing Zen Group, a full-service web marketing agency she founded in 2009 and author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz, and Increase Revenue which is among the top three selling web marketing books on


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