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Nesha Sanghavi receives the award for SBA West Virginia District Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2016
May 10, 2016
The State Journal - University Girls Clothing a Success Nationwide

Nesha Sanghavi Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016


At 29 years old, Nesha Ashok Sanghavi, owner and creator of University Girls, has her products in more than 400 stores in the United States.

Working from an idea she had in college, which was to create fashionable women’s tops to support the home team, Sanghavi developed her product and now is licensed to use the logo of 31 of the top universities in the country, including West Virginia University.

She recently was chosen as West Virginia Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office.

Upon receiving the award Sanghavi said, “I am really excited. Anytime I get to represent West Virginia on any type of scale, locally, nationally or globally, it is a great accomplishment for me. It makes all the hard work worth it.”

Born and raised in Charleston, Sanghavi graduated from WVU in 2008 after studying finance and economics.

“I started making my own tops when I was in college and received compliments,” she said. “Friends told me they’d never seen things like I was making.”

After graduating from WVU, Sanghavi went on to begin a career in banking.

“I soon realized that wasn’t what I really wanted to do,” she said. “I wanted to be happy doing something for myself.”

The next decision led her to go back to school and learn fashion design.

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Nesha Sanghavi Puts Some Oomph Into Collegiate Clothing 
by Lolita Alford, June 6, 2014

 After graduating from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, Nesha moved to Pittsburg to begin her career. During her time in the financial industry, Nesha continued to receive requests from friends and acquaintances to make her homemade West Virginia University gear. Nesha saw a business opportunity with her custom gear and decided to leave the financial industry.

After graduating from Parsons The New School of Design, Nesha moved back to her hometown of Charleston, West Virginia and formed a plan of action.

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University Girls Owner Featured in Newly Published Textbook
UG Apparel's owner, Nesha Sanghavi, had the opportunity to be the featured entrepreneur and share her story in the Entrepreneurship Chapter in newly published Management Textbook, by Wiley. The textbook is  co-authored by Dr. Christopher Neck, Charles Lattimer & Dr. Jeff Houghton and is being used in business schools across the country. 

Check out the pictures of her feature below, and click here to purchase the textbook.

 Nesha SanghaviVoices of Management



"Business in WV - UG Apparel"

UG Apparel was 1 of 6 businesses chosen by the WV Department of Commerce to represent business in WV. Check out UG's film vignette below!




"WVU Grad Turned Entrepreneur Fashions Own Business"

The Charleston Daily Mail, August 29, 2013
by Jared Hunt

Armed with a laptop, cellphone and a lot of passion, one Charleston entrepreneur has elbowed her way into the collegiate apparel market, carving out her own niche against corporate titans like Nike and Victoria's Secret.

When Nesha Sanghavi founded her UG Apparel women's fashion company in 2011, she only had license to sell West Virginia and Marshall university-branded items in just a handful of retail outlets across West Virginia.

Two years later, her clothing brand has earned license approvals from a dozen NCAA schools, and her retail footprint extends all the way from the Carolinas to Nebraska.

While she designs all the fashions in her apparel line, Sanghavi, who turns 27 next month, doesn't think of herself as a fashion designer. She considers herself an entrepreneur.

"I think an entrepreneur comes up with an idea and then does whatever it takes to meet that goal," she said.

That goal was to provide a fashionable college-branded clothing line for the modern woman.

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West Virginia Development Office 
Business at the Speed of Life, July 10, 2013

 Recently the West Virginia Development Office selected 6 business owners in the State of West Virginia to be featured in a film on business in WV. UG Apparel's owner Nesha Sanghavi was selected as one of the business owners, and aside from being a part of the film, was selected to appear in a nationally televised commercial! The commercial aired on CBS during the Greenbrier Classic Golf Tournament, July 6th and 7th.

Check out the commercial below! 


The Statewide West Virginia Business Plan Competition
West Virginia College of Business & Economics, April 1, 2013

 The West Virginia Statewide Business Plan Competition affords college students around the state the unique opportunity to make a business idea come to life with the support of state institutions of higher education and seasoned business professionals from around the country.

Get the education, skills, contacts, and motivation necessary to create a viable start-up company in West receive $10,000 cash in addition to accounting, legal, and virtual or physical incubator space.

UG Apparel's owner, Nesha Sanghavi, was in the Business Plan Competition during her senior year at West Virginia University, making it to the finals, but did not win. Ms. Sanghavi has remained active in the Business Plan Competition, serving as a mentor and judge, to inspire other hopeful entrepreneurs to follow their dreams. 

Check out this video, featuring Nesha Sanghavi, and get an inside look at the mind of an entrepreneur. 


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