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Student Entrepreneurs To Showcase Their Businesses at the Entrepreneuring Youth Expo

Thursday, May 29, 2014 8:31
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At the June 5th Ignite Possibilities Business Expo hosted by local non-profit, Entrepreneuring Youth , one young entrepreneur will take home $1,500 and earn a trip to a national business pitch competition in Silicon Valley; Another eight will be named finalists and earn cash prizes to re-invest in their businesses.

For these middle school and high school students from five area schools or community organizations, the business expo (which runs 5 pm – 7 pm at the Rivers Club in Oxford Centre) marks the culmination of several months of hard work and three rounds of intense scrutiny by outside judges on the development and pitching of business plans as part of the George W. Tippins Business Plan Competition.   The expo also provides the opportunity for students to promote the businesses they created and get practice selling their products in a tradeshow-style environment.

Also recognized will be teachers and volunteers who help to grow Entrepreneuring Youth, whose mission it is to guide hundreds of young people to start and manage businesses as a way to help them discover confidence and life opportunities.

The event is FREE to the public, thanks to the generosity of EY. Attendees are asked to pre-register through Entrepreneuring Youth’s website ( and come to the event eager to financially support the young entrepreneurs by purchasing their wares.

“It’s remarkable to watch students advance from just having an idea  - to writing a business plan  - to competing and winning in our competitions – to selling their products and seeing, first-hand,  how their ideas now have value to others,“ says Jerry Cozewith, President and Co-Founder of Entrepreneuring Youth.

Cozewith believes that gains in confidence come, in part, from the advice of business leaders who’ve run companies themselves and volunteer time to help guide the students as mentors and judges.  About 40 judged the recent George W. Tippins Business Competition.

“Most of all, we want the students to enjoy being entrepreneurial and experience where that kind of mindset leads them,” says Cozewith. “Events like this help them taste what it’s like to talk to customers, promote their products and compete. Being named a ‘winner’ for one’s own creation is definitely a confidence boost and is important to ALL young people trying to figure out their place in the world.”


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