Eddie Cullen is born at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx to native Bronx residents Edward Cullen Sr. and Helen Bolster.
Eddie and his parents moved to Manhattan from the Bronx to 64th and Lexington. Father received a job with 32BJ SEIU as an apartment building worker. Mother was working for a building signage business. In 1991 Eddie begins his schooling at P.S. 59 and in 1995 was one out of the 5/80 accepted to St. Ignatius Elementary School on 84th and Park
His grandfather, Paul Bolster, was one of 19 children born to Cornelius and Mary Bolster in the Bronx. At one point, they were the largest family in New York City. His grandfather and his seven brothers all fought in World War II with four serving in the Army and four serving in the Navy. They hold the World War II record for most American brothers to serve in the battle and to all survive. This includes Eddie’s great-uncle Joe who survived Pearl Harbor and was declared missing. It wasn’t until he returned to the Bronx that his family knew he was alive and well. The Bolster brothers all returned safely home to the Bronx to raise their own families.
Attends Xavier High School on 16th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Excelling in academics and athletics: captain of the football team, 2x All-American hurdler in track & field, the MVP of the national ranked rugby team, member of the National Honor Society, winner of Xavier’s Shakespeare competition, and voted Student Body President his senior year.
Eddie earns a scholarship to Fordham University in the Bronx and majors in Economics with a minor in Philosophy. Took 2nd semester of freshman year off to represent the United States in rugby for the U-19 World Cup in Dubai, UAE. Played matches against Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay, and Fiji and earned MVP honors. Completed Global Outreach trip to Belize
Joins the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Phoenix, AZ. Lives on $85/month and volunteers at Brophy Preparatory High School in Phoenix, AZ teaching high school classes and managing community service programs including 500+ hours to St. Vincent de Paul - consisting of a 12 hour period every Thursday where a different group of freshman students served 2,000+ of the homeless in the community.
- Leads service trips like the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Friends of the Orphans Program in Guatemala, Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, Mountaintop Mining Impact in West Virginia, Skid Row Program in Los Angeles, and 15+ additional service trips.
Spends a year playing competitive rugby with GPS in the Queensland Premier Rugby League and acting as a Board Master at Marist College Ashgrove in Brisbane, Australia.
Bridge - Eddie Cullen’s first company - is founded with a mission to bridge the gap between secondary and post-secondary students, and industry professionals. Bridge enhanced educational engagement and sustainable job creation with a portfolio management video game to train students.
The Fordham Foundry - the sole incubator on Fordham University’s campus - and becomes the Director of Innovation. Eddie launches the first ever hackathon on Fordham’s campus, securing sponsorship from Evernote with a feature in Wired Magazine.
Eddie is hired as the first employee at Company.co (formerly Grand Central Tech) and helps lay the groundwork to the largest technology ecosystem in New York City. This included founding the GCT Innovation Program launched in partnership with Microsoft, Google, General Assembly, and Goldman Sachs to feature 35 of the brightest young technologists in the city. He discovered the NYCEDC RFP to create an Urban Technology Hub in New York City and worked with the founders to develop a proposal.
Against a number of competitors, Grand Central Tech won the RFP to launch the Hub@GCT, which is a 50,000 square foot space dedicated to Urban Tech. The Hub@GCT has become a leader in technology innovation and infrastructure for New York City in the 21st century. Company.co’s impact has included 151 startups, 2174 jobs created in New York City, 12 exits, 232 paid internships, 258 founders, 832 events, $832 million raised in venture capital, 49% of companies female founded, and 80% of interns from CUNY Schools.
14. 2016 - Eddie founded Bronx.Tech to work with schools and corporations on building innovative education strategies. Projects included building a VR Empathy Software, an accelerator for event technology with the leading company who produces NY Fashion Week, as well as an educational series with a leading Fortune 500 company.
Eddie becomes a co-founder for the Harlem Tech Summit. An event designed to showcase diversity and inclusion brings in 1,000+ attendees with speakers such as Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Fred Wilson, and Ryan Williams. This included a venture science fair for 20+ minority-owned startups to provide access to venture capitalists for additional investment and a design thinking workshop from Google. On August 12, 2020, Eddie launched the second Harlem Tech Summit drawing 2,000+ attendees with 28 speakers who are leaders
in their respective fields, including Google, the Vatican, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Starfund, MIT, Cadre, and Union Square Ventures.
There were 11 moderators from organizations such as Univision, The Washington Post, Forbes Science, CNBC, NPR, Rolling Stone, America Media, and the Bronx Community Foundation. There was representation of 200+ universities from 75+ countries with over 1m+ students including the first female black student body president in MIT’s 159-year history.
December 25, 2018 - On Christmas morning December 25th, 2018, Eddie’s father went into sudden cardiac arrest at 10 AM in front of him. The FDNY revived him after being gone for 15 minutes, but he was clinically brain dead. His father celebrated his 71st birthday on December 29th and on January 2nd he passed away.
His father’s funeral was on January 8th, 2019, which was the same day as the oval office speech and rebuttal on the United States - Mexico border security. With his father passing and his volunteer year 10 years ago in Phoenix with time spent on the United States-Mexico border, he decided to chart a path forward to building education communities in collaboration with communities near the border.
17. December 26, 2018 - Immediately, the next day Eddie founded the company Impact USA Group. Impact USA Group is currently the head of two progressing projects: The first project is The Energy Corridor and is leading the way on changing the plan on immigration, climate change, and education on the United States-Mexico border. Together, the coalition is partnered with 200+ universities across 75+ countries.
The mission of creating the 21st century Panama Canal with water desalination piping for farmers to have access to an abundance of water, solar energy fields, and other clean energy innovations to pave the way for millions of American jobs is underway. The second initiative is building technology entrepreneurship ecosystems in underserved communities starting with Harlem then scaling to ten more cities in 2021 including Brooklyn and the Bronx. The goal is 500 cities in 10 years.
Meeting with the Pope's Ambassador to the United States today in Washington DC. A thoughtful conversation with His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre. Looking forward to continued efforts and working together.
18. 2019 - Eddie served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Karen Beltran to become the first Latina and first woman Mayor of Yonkers.
Eddie receives a visiting scholar in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University for his work on The Energy Corridor and announces his candidacy for Mayor of New York City in 2021.