YEA! Polk Investor Panel Presentation
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PITCH TO LOCAL INVESTORS
Young Entrepreneurs Seek Funding for Startups
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., student entrepreneurs will take the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience. The students are dressed as young professionals, and are ready to wow the crowd.
Fifteen students in grades 6 through 12 from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Polk County (YEA! Polk), a chapter of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, will have five minutes to pitch their business plans to prominent local members of the business community, during the program’s annual YEA! Investor Panel Event “Shark Tank” style. Based on the appeal and merit of the students’ plans and presentations, representatives from companies such as Allen & Company of Florida, Inc., Bank of Central Florida, Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership at Southeastern University, McGee Auto Service & Tires, Publix Super Markets, and SunTrust will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business or social movement.
The investors will also select one business to advance to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Saunders Scholars Competition, in Rochester, NY, where they will compete with students across the United States for college scholarships.
The students are all from Polk County – Auburndale, Bartow, Lakeland, and Mulberry – and represent the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High School, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, McKeel Academy of Technology, Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy, Southwest Middle School, Union Academy Bartow, and home-school.
Attachables is a LLC that produces a microfiber eyeglass cleaning cloth with a peelable hemming adhesive attached in order to adhere to articles of clothing of the consumer and provide them with a surface to wipe eyeglasses without smudging or scratches. The production of the single product will be hand assembled with two main materials, the cut pieces of cloth and hemming adhesive, and then packaged for online sale. The target market is with individuals with eyeglasses that wear clothing with a surface that would unseen such as the underside of the hem of a shirt. The product will be sold in packs with independent cloths by custom order only. Though it is the working product of the business, there are plans for future developments in progress.
BusWiz is a bus tracking app that tracks drivers of school buses – there are 510 buses in Polk County Schools. I'm passionate about this idea because when I ride the bus my mother is always worried if the bus is late, but with this app parents would have peace of mind to know where their child's bus is.
Connect the Town is an online service where teenagers pay to make an account. Senior citizens can pick that person to do a specific thing. An example of one things is that senior citizens can get their yard picked up.
Cubs & Co. is an agency-like website designed to help parents easily hire babysitters ages 11 to 15 to care for their children.
Custom Metallics creates customizable jewelry printed out of steel /metal on 3D printers. Market by social media, website. Completely customizable – you can put anything on it. May gold-plate, depending on costs.
DreamProfessions.com is a website designed to help anyone anywhere land their dream job and change the world in their own image. This website allows people to connect with others in hopes to expand their knowledge on specific areas, improve on skills, land their dream job and hopefully keep and excel in their fields.
Emu Cases is a phone case that has all accessories but you can access ports. Selling online. 18.9 million people in Florida subscribe to internet service. Made out of durable plastic with 3D printing. Competitors are Otter Box and Life Proof.
GeoCandy is a business that sells candy from around the world on a subscription basis. Customers can order online at my website GeoCandy.com they will receive a box of candy from around, each month they get a different country. I'm marketing to 6 year old children and their parents.
The Gravity Water Feeder is a corporation that aspires to help people who love gardening! This product will help people with spine problems and save money. Almost 30% of Americans garden all the time and my target is people from 20-40 year olds.
Kara's QT-shirts is a company selling fresh, fun and feminine shirts themed after the four seasons, to young women. The shirts will be good quality, long lasting but cost effective. My goal is that these shirts will make young women feel confident and beautiful.
Madi's Halo, LLC's 4-in-1 brush has multiple functions. It's not only a de-tangler, it also offers a replaceable mirror, a lift/release of excess hair, and a secret compartment in the handle (which is also replaceable). The target market is young girls, teenage girls, and young female adults. Competitor is Wet Brush. Marketing would include patterns and designs of bright neon colors and trending designs and sayings. Product will initially be sold on-line, with long term goal to sell in major retail stores and/or home shopping networks. 10% of proceeds will go to Shriners Children's Hospital. Product line will eventually expand to specialty hair care products (shampoos, conditioners, hair accessories, etc.). Heaven for your hair.
Math Is Reality offers an online advance math course marketing to homeschoolers, but available to anyone. Sold online. Gap in market with advanced upper level math courses. Reach through social media, homeschool events, etc. A key principle is flexibility. Company motto is: Efficient, Comprehensive Understanding.
Prakruthi is a natural cough syrup. No preservatives. No shelf life / long shelf life consideration with honey. Sell online, ship out. Expand to pharmaceutical stores. Will advertise with commercials, social media. Able to make on own. Bottles and packaging.
Project PING offers a non-invasive way to correct idiopathic scoliosis through muscle stimulation with TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). The device adheres to the skin with the pads provided and sit between the shoulder blades around the T1 vertebrae. The shell is 8 inches by 4 inches and is made out of a thin 3D printed material.
Stand Up! is a seat cushion reminds you to stand up. 84% of Americans sit for their job. Increases productivity, blood flow, decreases weight gain. Should stand 10 minutes every hour. Settings can be adjusted. Target office workers and maybe medical / blood problem patients.
The event is free and open to the public. Interviews with young entrepreneurs or members of the judging panel can be arranged.
Buena Vida West Auditorium, Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
5:30 - 6:00 pm Meet & Greet
6:00 - 8:00 pm Investor Panel Presentation
Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551 x 229
Free and open to the public. Registration requested.
YEA! teaches kids ages 11 to 18 how to identify their passions, develop a business idea, write a business plan, pitch investors for funding, and obtain all the necessary components to create a fully, formed and functioning business or social movement by the end of the 30-week class.
Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,700 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements:
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice.
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C) 3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures.
Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today's youth and tomorrow's future leaders.
YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. For more information, visit yeausa.org.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.