Each spring University School hosts a free day-long event that brings together nearly 1,000 middle school and high school students from across Northeast Ohio. A nationally recognized entrepreneur presents to students in the daytime and to the general public at night. A Young Entrepreneur Market is held following the public evening program, where student entrepreneurs sell their creations. Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship at University School is made possible through the generous support of Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
A serial entrepreneur with a wide range of business in consumer products and media production, Graham will discuss the entrepreneurial mindset and his own exciting and fast-paced entrepreneurial journey. A 2000 US alum, Graham received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bates College and worked as Director of Marketing and Communications at Nantucket Nectars and Plum TV for four years before becoming an entrepreneur.
Nine years ago, Graham started North Water Partners, an Emmy Award winning video production firm, but he didn’t stop there. With a strong interest in his hometown of Cleveland, he saw an opportunity to develop an area north of Ohio City, subsequently named Hingetown. He initially brought in Rising Star and Urban Orchid, and other businesses soon followed, creating a vibrant urban neighborhood.
Graham is also actively engaged in the region’s civic life. He is involved in urban farming through Green City on a Blue Lake, serves on Cleveland Public Theatre and several other boards, was a 2016 Presidential Leadership Scholar, and ran for a U.S. congressional seat in 2012.
For more information about Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship, please contact Ariana Smith at 216.831.2200 or click here to email him directly.