North Central College - Naperville, IL

Millennial Entrepreneurs: Kyler Juckins ’15 and Jeremy Markham ’15

Sharing insight about restaurant food inspired a mobile app for users to share pictures of food they like. Entrepreneurs Kyler Juckins ’15  and Jeremy Markham ’15 are the creators of DinnDinn, a smart phone app for food lovers. DinnDinn works like a virtual refrigerator. Users upload photos of food, drinks and other items and rate them. Their friends and followers, known as “taste buds,” can comment on the posts. There is even a virtual tongue where users meet people based on actual tastes—sour, sweet, bitter, salty, spicy.

Markham and Juckins thought of the venture while students at Naperville North High School. “Once the idea for DinnDinn was on the table, so to speak, our love for food and experience working in the food industry helped us to further expand on the idea and help get us on our way to where we are today,” Markham says. After securing funding from the Colorado-based firm, Youth Venture Capital, they launched the app in August 2012. “That’s when it finally became real,” Markham adds. “Before that, our parents maintained an air of skepticism about it.”

Markham is majoring in finance and international business and Juckins is majoring in political science. Staying organized is the key to managing their time commitments, they say. “This is an experience most college students don’t have,” Markham says. “Because we love the one thing this app revolves around, it’s a much better product and something we both enjoy working on.” They continue to expand their venture, adding help from interns and a marketing consultant and sharing their story on a blog. They are also expanding the presence of DinnDinn on different social media platforms. The free DinnDinn app is available in the Apple App and Google Play stores.