MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PITCH TO LOCAL INVESTORS
Young Entrepreneurs Seek Funding for Startups
On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 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.
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! Shark Tank Investor Panel Event. 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, Publix Super Markets, and SunTrust will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business. Investors may choose to fund one business at 100%, several at various percent’s, or all of the businesses equally.
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 – Bartow, Lake Alfred, Lakeland, Mulberry, Ponciana, and Winter Haven – and represent All Saints Academy, Haines City High School, Highlands Christian Academy, the International Baccalaureate School at Lake Wales High School, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, Mulberry High School, Polk State Gateway High School, and the Thomas Christian Academy (home-school).
The event is free and open to the public. Interviews with young entrepreneurs or members of the judging panel can be arranged.
About YEA! Polk
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.