Students BUILD Businesses to Reach Their College and Career Goals

Yesterday, a group of staff from the Kapor Center partner organizations participated in a Business to Business challenge meeting with BUILD, a non-profit that runs the nation’s largest youth incubator with the mission to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success.  Groups of BUILD students provided an overview of their business teams, the business ideas they were promoting, an overview of what they’ve done at BUILD so far and what the program consists of, and an overview of their career aspirations and the role college plays in achieving their dreams.

These high school sophomores were quite impressive, having created three amazing businesses to produce lego jewelry, travel pillows, and custom t-shirts.  They also provided us with professional resumes and business cards.  Following the presentations, the Kapor Center staff spoke of their college-to-career paths and provided advice to the students regarding their own academic and career goals.  It was quite an inspirational event.

BUILD will be hosting their Annual Youth Business Plan Competitions in May where the program’s 9th grade student teams of 3-5 members present their innovative business plans (including financial statements) in two rounds of competition to a panel of prestigious judges. The winning team receives a cash prize and automatic acceptance into BUILD’s second year program, the Youth Business Incubator.  You will be wowed by the youths’ charisma and ingenuity!  If you’d like to attend the Business Plan Competitions, see the information below:

12th Annual Peninsula Youth Business Plan Competition

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Bishop Auditorium
518 Memorial Way
Stanford, CA 94305

5th Annual Oakland Youth Business Plan Competition

Sunday, May 22, 2011
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
Arthur Andersen Auditorium
2220 Piedmont Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94720-1900

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