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Middle And High School Students Will Pitch Their Business Ideas April 5th

LAKELAND – Young entrepreneurs will get a chance to pitch their business plans to a panel of Polk business leaders in a local version of “The Shark Tank.”

On Wednesday, April 5, sixteen student entrepreneurs will take the stage, dressed as young professionals, and be ready to wow local investors.

Students in grades 6 through 12, representing 16 businesses from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Polk County (YEA! POLK), a chapter of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, will each have five minutes to pitch their business plans to prominent local members of the business community.

Based on the appeal and merit of the students’ plans and presentations, representatives from companies such as Bank of Central Florida, McGee Auto Service & Tires, and SunTrust will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business.

The investors will also select one business to advance to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Saunders Scholars Competition, where they will compete with students across…

Firm to Empower Youths With Ingenuous Business Ideas

INTAFACT Hero’s Foundation has kick-started its annual activity aimed at empowering youths between 18 to 35 years of age with ingenuous business ideas.

Godwin Oche, General Manager,  Intafact Beverages, said in a press briefing that adequate preparations have been put in place to ensure that the second edition is bigger and better than the previous edition.

“The Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart is a CSI initiative uniquely focused on helping the youths to build their future. Our plan is to continue to tackle obstacles to entrepreneurship such as ambitious measures to facilitate start-ups and new businesses, improve access to finance, and give the incentives to inspire niche business ideas from young people,” he said.

Oche explained that the process is simple and straightforward. “Applications are received and screened rigorously by experts. The successful applicants are trained on business rudiments and then given seed capital to either start up their proposed business ventures o…

Shropshire's Young Entrepreneurs Showcase Business Ideas

Southwater Shopping Centre was host to 20 Young Enterprise Companies formed of students from across Shropshire.

The students were tasked with creating a business and fulfilling their appointed roles as managing directors, marketing directors and finance directors – selling their businesses to the public.

Mayor of Telford, Councillor Rae Evans, gave some words of encouragement after being amazed by how inspirational the students were, saying: “Young Enterprise is an initiative that every school should look into.”

Teachers, local business advisors and judges from a variety of backgrounds all supported the students during the event which saw a range of business ideas from personalised candles, custom made t-shirts and cookbooks.

Student Tamara Fox from the Shrewsbury School whose company Icarus was one of the companies formed by the students said: “The communication between us has improved dramatically and learning our individual roles and the part they play in a business has helped us …

Entrepreneurship Prize Open to Canberrans

Aspiring Canberran entrepreneurs will have the chance to impress the nation with the launch of a $100,000 prize by Australia Post.

The competition, called Regional Pitchfest, allows rural Australians to submit a 60-second video ‘pitching’ a business idea.

Using the Shark Tank format, entrants’ ideas will be judged by an expert panel on their potential profitability, scalability and the gap in the market their ideas address.

Winners at state level will proceed to nationals, where large prizes and potential seed funding await. Entry is free and entrants of all ages are welcome.

“Australia Post is committed to helping all small businesses thrive, wherever they are,” said Rebecca Burrows, General Manager Small Business at Australia Post.

“We know there are amazing innovators throughout regional Australia who may not have the same level of access to the resources or platforms to take their big idea to the next level.”

The award was founded by Dianna Somerville, a Navy mum whose experience…

Plains Art Museum Hosts Breakfast to Brainstorm Art

FARGO—Business leaders know that ROI stands for return on investment, but Sandy Thompson said there's another way to think about the term.

Instead of only focusing on dollars and cents, the Plains Art Museum development director said it's important to look at the return on imagination, initiative, innovation, ingenuity, inspiration, insight and invention as the local business and art communities search for better ways to cooperate.

"These are all qualities that not just the arts community possesses, but the business community possesses, so how do we get them together?" he asked.

There was no answer Tuesday, March 14, during the museum's first Art & Business Breakfast, but the dozens of arts, culture and business leaders who attended offered ideas that could shape things to come in Fargo-Moorhead.

Statistics show an undeniable return on investment, said Andrew Maus, director and CEO of the Plains Art Museum. Across the nation, the arts had a $140 billion econ…

Campbellsport Team Wins First Place in 2017 IGNITE! Youth Idea Challenge

FOND DU LAC - Eight area high school teams pitched their big ideas to a panel of five judges or “sharks” plus an audience of 100 supporters at the Second Annual IGNITE! Youth Idea Challenge on March 8.

Engaging high school students is a focus strategy of IGNITE! Business Success, the network of 18 local organizations supporting area entrepreneurs. Job and wealth creation relies on new business startups and scaling up innovative existing business. Identifying and unlocking entrepreneurial potential among youth is vitally important as they are our future economic drivers.

Each team worked with a business mentor to refine their idea, submit a mini business plan and prepare for the “pitch” event. Judges evaluated each team’s pitch based not only how they presented, but also how clearly they described the problem and their solution, value proposition, target market, marketing, how they would make money and key metrics.

Judges/sharks included:  Beth Kuehl, founder of the Great Plate; Mike …

BeingSmart Phones by Salman Khan gives New Business Ideas

Dating Apps to Comedy Shows Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is all set to launch BeingSmart Android mobile phones business soon. The 51-year-old actor has already registered BeingSmart trademark for his smartphone venture. Salman Khan is also the founder of Being Human, a philanthropic foundation which also has its brand of clothing and jewellery line. Salman Khan, one of the profitable actors in Bollywood whose movies sets cash registers ringing is proving to be one of the leading entrepreneurs in the country. After seeing Salman’s interest in the smartphone business, BeingSmart, we are thinking which business Bhaijaan should invest next in? In our minds, there is a list of new business ideas, from – dating apps to producing comedy shows, which Salman Khan can invest to leverage his Being Human parent brand.

According to an Economic Times report, Salman Khan is planning to launch smartphones brand for the middle-class segment. The mobile phones will be reportedly going to be priced …

PHS Students Share Business Ideas

Plattsmouth High School Business Program students used their researching skills to make the most of it for group projects presented to local city officials last Friday.

The students are enrolled in the second course of the High School of Business program. Their Make the Most of It project was required in Dawn Danauskas’s business class. Groups were asked to research possible uses for empty lots and buildings in Plattsmouth.

They presented their project results to Plattsmouth City Administrator Erv Portis, Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert, Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cindy Cruse, Plattsmouth Main Street Association Director Charles Jones and the new Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Director Jenny Serkiz.

Each official gave a brief summary of his or her duties. In addition, Portis gave them a few tips on economic development projects.

No project, he indicated happens overnight. “We started having conversations with Casey’s five years ago,” Portis said. In 2…

K. Kavitha Welcomes Women Entrepreneurs to Come up with Innovative Business Ideas

Hyderabad (Telangana), Mar 06 (ANI): Diageo in association with the British Council celebrated the success of The Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development Program in Hyderabad on Monday. The program hosted panel discussions on women entrepreneurs and K Kavitha, Member of Parliament attended the program as chief guest and talked about policies and business opportunities for women in the state as well as the country. She welcomed women entrepreneurs to come up with innovative business ideas.

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Minister Chagger Encourages Young Entrepreneurs to Pursue Their Innovative Business Ideas

Conference helps GTA teens develop and pitch solutions in such areas as financial literacy, youth mental health and more

TORONTO, March 6, 2017 /CNW/ - Access to meaningful learning experiences helps young entrepreneurs explore their passions and sets them on a course for success. This is the message that the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, delivered to an audience of young entrepreneurs at the Y2 Entrepreneur Conference for Teens at Seneca College. Minister Chagger also encouraged teens to keep bringing their ideas forward to drive Canada's entrepreneurial culture and create new jobs for the future.

Founded in 2015, the Y2 Entrepreneur Conference allows high school students between the ages of 12 and 18 to learn how to bring an innovative idea from concept to customer validation to pitch presentation. Throughout the conference, students participate in workshops led by business leaders and benef…

TransferWise to Help People Develop Their Business Ideas

The deadline for submitting ideas to is 31 March 2017. By that time, the Startup Surgery team expects to receive the description of the business idea or prototype. Up to six candidates will be chosen for the three months’ mentoring and development programme...

The Estonian money transfer company, TransferWise, has launched a mentoring programme, Startup Surgery, to help people with innovative business ideas develop their products or services.

According to Kaarel Kuddu, the company’s product lead and one of Startup Surgery’s initiators, the TransferWise team wants to share its experience and knowledge with others.

“Our story is often set as an example of successful entrepreneurship,” Kuddu said in a statement. “We would like to take it one step further and boost people’s confidence so that their smart business ideas can succeed.”

Kuddu added that the programme was designed for people with an idea or a prototype that needs an extra pair of eyes or expert advice to take it to the next lev…

Easy Startup Business Ideas For College Students

Building a startup business in college may seem daunting but there are easy and simple ideas that can help students earn a little bit on the side. Who knows? This may even become into one of their primary sources of income.

There are a lot of things that college students can do to build their startup business. Intuit shared five ideas that college students can do to startnjj.

Idea #1: Tutoring Service
This is most probably the easiest business that college students can start with. You already have the skills necessary to be a good tutor if you study hard and make sure that you understand your lessons. Plus, you can tutor fellow college students or those in high school or elementary.

Idea #2: Cleaning Service
Another easy business to try would be to charge a fee to clean other students' dorm rooms. You can start there and offer your cleaning services to people in the campus community. You can get ahead of larger cleaning companies by charging a lower price. This also requires li…

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Accessible Markets for Start Up Businesses

People in the UK have a much greater desire, now, to start up and run their own businesses, and this represents a massive untapped potential in our economy. It’s broader than just trends in business. There are societal trends and educational trends at play: the corporate-ladder job for life is much less of a priority. A faster pace of change in communication and technology makes it easier – and in some ways harder – to run businesses. But there’s no question that the small-business economy now works in a different way, and I see in that a greater ability to contribute to the economy.

Anyone can start a business now, because markets are much more accessible. Traditional corporates think in terms of geographical markets; entrepreneurs, particularly in the technology space, think less in terms of country borders and more in terms of one open market, because that’s how information flows.

It’s also much more accepted to start up a business, bu…

Autism App wins top prize at 2017 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp

A group of budding Irish entrepreneurs have walked away with the grand prize at the 2017 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp with their app for people with autism.

Held in NovaUCD – University College Dublin (UCD)’s start-up incubator – the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp brings together some of Ireland’s brightest young entrepreneurs to show them how to set up and run a start-up.

This includes how to write a business plan, create a marketing campaign, draft a budget and present their ideas competently to senior academics and business people.

After four days of workshops, all students took part in a pitch competition to show off their business ideas and products in front of a panel of judges.

A group of teenagers from Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Offaly and Dublin won the top award for their app designed to aid those with autism.

The winning app – called Mi Contact – is based on applied behaviour analysis to enhance early intervention programmes, and to encourage children with aut…