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D36 Alum Pursues Entrepreneurial Venture

Niloo Mirani (Washburne Class of 1999) began honing her skills in entrepreneurship and developing a passion for cooking by helping with her family’s restaurant business as a child. In 2016, Niloo launched Niloofar, maker of Persian Trail Mix (also know as "Ajil"). Through this business venture, Niloo’s mission is to make the unique cuisine of her Persian heritage more accessible and encourage Americans to “learn more about the Persian culture I know and love.”

Niloo graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BS) in 2007, and went on to earn an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Oregon in 2012. However, her years in District 36 helped pave the way for her current endeavors. “I absolutely believe in the "Winnetka Experience.” Growing up in Winnetka offered me a world of opportunity - something I am grateful for every day,” she says. “It was a very warm and fostering environment. I met some great friends in D36 - some with whom I am still close. That first day at New Trier was scary for sure, but I felt ready after my years at Hubbard Woods and Washburne.”

To budding young entrepreneurs, Niloo offers the following advice, “I would encourage anyone with the entrepreneurial bug to just go for it! There will always be excuses, there will never be the perfect time to start a business, and it will likely be the most challenging thing you ever do - but it has been the most rewarding experience of my life!”

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