NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2015

Seats Still Available! Celebration of Youth Entrepreneurship, April 15 AT 1:30PM in Shaker Heights

Seats are still available for the afternoon CYE event on April 15. Clint Greenleaf- entrepreneur, author and personal finance expert, will speak to students from 1:30-2:30pm at University School’s Shaker Heights campus. The program is free and funding is available for bus transportation. Clint has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Men’s Health, Entrepreneur and Money – to name a few!

In addition, if you would like to reserve a table for your student entrepreneurs at the evening’s Young Entrepreneur Market, please contact Reka Barabas (rbarabas@us.edu). If you are unable to attend CYE but are interested in the Young Entrepreneur Market at Shaker Square, Crocker Park or downtown Hudson, checkout www.youngentrepreneurmarket.org for market dates or contact Reka directly.

To register for the afternoon event on April 15 please contact Mary Schoen (mschoen@us.edu).

Student-run Startups Compete for $1,800 in Prize Money

Teams from ten area high schools presented their business plans at LaunchHouse last week, marking the third annual Business Plan Competition of the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. Over 100 teachers, parents and students were in attendance.

The team from University School received first place for Vamonos!, a smartphone application that saves people time and businesses money by automatically sending a text message when the user is within a defined distance of their destination. Second place was awarded to the team from Magnificat High School for ASMM Jewelry and Metals Art, a business featuring handcrafted, custom rings, bracelets, key chains and bookmarks that is already up and running at craft fairs and online at www.asmmjewelry.org. Third place was awarded to the team from Benedictine High School for G&H Customs, a service business that customizes personal electronic devices like game consoles, controllers and smartphone cases using airbrush painting and custom logos.

The judging panel was made up of notable leaders in Northeast Ohio’s startup scene and included Bob Sopko, director of Blackstone Launchpad at Case Western Reserve University, Alison Tanker, founding director of Tigress, and Bill Trainor, co-founder and managing director of Mutual Capital Partners Funds.

Camp Lead: Making a Difference in your Child’s Life this Summer

Camp Lead is an opportunity for your student to negotiate for success. Your student will be presented with lots of daily challenges and have to work as a team to advance to the next level – everyone will succeed, because they will gain essential real world skills through this intensive but fun, daily one week summer camp. Camp LEAD, serving students in grades 5-8 held at schools, community organizations and corporations. Students engage in interactive scenarios to build valuable life skills in problem-solving, goal-setting, team-building and leadership skills.

Providing students with the competitive edge as they head back to school in the fall. Register at www.effectivela.org.