CFE Student Success Story: From Classroom Partners to Founders
When it comes to entrepreneurship, the most remarkable stories often begin with a single connection, a chance meeting, or a shared vision. The story of Sebastien Patino and Eddie Jung, two brilliant students in CFE instructor Grace Hsai-Halber’s Winter 2022 Entrepreneurship Practicum course, is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Not only did these two students excel in the course, but their journey took an unexpected twist, leading them to co-found Bastion LLC, a groundbreaking online fitness coaching platform that’s changing the game.
What makes this story so incredible? Sebastien and Eddie were almost not in the same class together. Eddie Jung, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong desire to bring his vision to life, reached out to Grace directly. He had a vision and a friend, Sebastien Patino, who shared his passion. He wanted to join the class with his friend, and little did he know, this seemingly small step would set the stage for something much bigger. With the CFE’s leadership stepping in to grant the necessary approval, Eddie and Sebastien embarked on a journey that would change their lives forever.
Today, Bastion LLC stands as a testament to their hard work, determination, and commitment to success. This innovative platform offers world-class coaches for individuals pursuing fitness goals, and it does so across a wide range of budgets. Bastion is a product of its time, capitalizing on the monumental shift towards online coaching. In an age where efficiency and convenience are paramount, Bastion connects coaches with clients seamlessly and effectively. Coaches benefit from a steady stream of clients, while clients rest easy knowing they’re hiring reliable, qualified professionals.
In just one year and nine months, Bastion has achieved remarkable growth, signing up 26 coaches to their platform and serving hundreds of users. Their trajectory is nothing short of astounding, proving that a shared vision and relentless determination can take you places you never imagined.
But that’s not all. Eddie and Sebastien’s journey has been marked by multiple milestones. They were accepted into the Ann Arbor Spark Boot Camp and, most impressively, joined the 2023 U-M Desai Accelerator Cohort, receiving $50,000 in funding to further fuel their dream. Eddie’s extraordinary achievements extend beyond the entrepreneurial realm. He is a Space Operations Officer (2nd Lieutenant) at the United States Space Force and a recipient of the Applebaum Family Philanthropy Fellowship.
The story of Sebastien and Eddie, from humble beginnings in a college classroom to the co-founding of Bastion LLC, serves as a powerful reminder that success knows no boundaries. It’s a testament to the power of partnerships, determination, and vision. Their journey is proof that sometimes, all it takes is one bold step to turn dreams into reality.
So, if you’re ever in doubt about the power of student success, remember Sebastien and Eddie, the entrepreneurs who turned a simple classroom connection into a thriving venture that’s changing the world, one fitness goal at a time.