Enspire summary, photos, a high school competition and a scholarship opportunity
ENSPIRE 2016 RECAP, LINK TO PHOTOS AND SHORT SURVEY
Educators, program directors and students came together Nov. 11-12 for the Enspire 2016 Conference sponsored by Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Friday’s keynote was Bill and John Nottingham of Nottingham Spirk, the father-son team that leads the Cleveland-based innovation firm. Their message focused on finding passion in the work that you do and how creative collisions lead to innovation. Teen Pitch Tank Live Awards Ceremony followed, where five local high school students were awarded with prize packages that include a Cleveland State University scholarship and other prizes – totaling up to $30,000 each.
A full day of activities on Saturday included the themes of empathy and grit. A fireside chat led by Jackie Acho of the Acho Group and Patricia Rashid of Shaker Heights Schools focused on instilling empathy in children for success. Next, Future Design School founder Sarah Prevette led a workshop for educators on teaching the process of design thinking, and setting students up for maximum impact in their entrepreneurial ventures. Psychologist, professor, and New York Times best-selling author Angela Duckworth gave a most-inspiring keynote about her research on how approaching goals with GRIT transforms performance in school and life.
An insightful panel discussion with the nationally-known young entrepreneurs of Mr. Cory’s Cookies, Zandra Beauty and Jack’s Stands & Marketplace provided lots of laughs and motivation. The conference ended with a Young Entrepreneur Market featuring local and national young entrepreneurs.
FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT ATTEND ENSPIRE
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$100,000 PRIZE POOL FOR HIGH SCHOOL ENTREPRENEURS
The Diamond Challenge is a free program from the University of Delaware open to ALL high school students. Students teams of 2-4 students and an advisor must register by November 27 at diamondchallenge.org, follow a video curriculum and submit a written concept and pitch by January 15. More information can be found here.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THE CLASS OF 2017
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are open to any graduating high school senior entering freshman year at an accredited two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute and who owns/operates an established business. Since 2003, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded over 2,800 scholarships to graduating high school seniors totaling more than $2.8 million. Students may apply until December 18. More information can be found here.
CONGRATULATIONS, TEEN PITCH TANK WINNERS!
– Matthew, Benedictine High School – 21SOX
– Andrew, Shaker Heights High School – Champions for Charity
– Kathryn, Walsh Jesuit High School – The CoSkin
– Onyango, John Marshall High School – Finger Activated Locker Combination
– Emma, Cuyahoga Falls High School – Track-let
– Students from 40 schools entered a business pitch video.
– 20 classes had eight or more students enter – winning a pizza party for their class.
– Beth Pagan of Polaris Career Center won a Microsoft Surface 3 for her 36 student entries!