“My favorite part of the Virtual Teen Pitch & Launch Event is watching the students shine, as we often downplay the capabilities of what young people can do. However, we think they are brilliant, ”says Dr Roxie Hentz, CEO and Founder of CEOs of Tomorrow. “They don’t have to wait until they are adults to have a huge impact. So the most exciting part for me is watching them bloom.
Talented entrepreneurial teens of tomorrow’s spring 2021 CEOs. These teens mean Busine $$ Incubator will showcase, launch and test their business ideas created to promote positive change in their communities at the 7th Annual Virtual Teen Pitch & Launch Event this Saturday, April 17 at noon.
“We have 12 students participating like we do every time. We’re excited because practically we’ve been able to grow, so we have four in Milwaukee, one in Maryland, one in Wisconsin Dells and the rest in the Madison area, ”Hentz told Madison365.
The event is divided into three sections. First, students present their business ideas to a live audience and a panel of judges at “Shark Tank,” the critically acclaimed entrepreneurial-themed reality show on ABC.. This year, one of the judges will be a former CEO of Tomorrow.
“Each of their business ideas is linked to a social issue that is close to their heart. The goal is therefore, as is always the case because CEOs of Tomorrow is focused on social entrepreneurship, for these young people to think about how their businesses can not only generate income, but at the same time benefit them. social problem – either by raising awareness or by giving them back by donating from the profits they earn, “Hentz says.
While the public is watching, they vote for the “People’s Choice” award.
“The public will be able to choose the teenage entrepreneur who they believe not only has the best pitch, but is also the most innovative and has the most inspiring belief in their social issue,” Hentz said. “The ‘People’s Choice’ winner will win $ 150. “
The judges, meanwhile, will choose the best CEOs – first, second and third places.
“The first place is $ 1,000 – half of that will be cash and the other half will be a college scholarship. Second place is $ 500, half of which goes to a college scholarship. Third place is $ 250, ”Hentz says.
Once the students have introduced their business, they go to their virtual stores where people buy their products.
“Each year these products get more and more creative,” says Hentz.
Young participants in this year’s 7th Pitch & Launch Event will include:
• “Glossed Up” by Breanna Brown will sell a set of three lip glosses – Peppermint, Tutti Frutti and Strawberry. His social problem is depression.
• Salim Ceesay’s “The Freeland” business will consist of four friendship bracelets handmade in Africa, Mexico, Australia and the United States with sweets from their country. His social problem is depression.
• Zariah Dyer’s “Clothing With a Cause” will sell custom “End The Hate” sweatpants and two custom embroidered “We’re All Human” patches. Zaraiah’s social problem is racism.
• “Self-Defense Beauty” by Nallely Gonzalez will sell a Family Safety Kit (two alarm keychains and three multi-functional escape tools). His social problem is aggression.
• Kahliana Guillen will be selling KJ’s Crafts Creative Coloring which includes a binder with 15 hand-drawn coloring art pages with uplifting messages. Also includes a set of colored pencils, blank drawing sheets, and 10 personalized stickers. Racism is Kahliana’s social problem.
• Aaron Howell’s Money $ teach program will sell 25 financial literacy cards, a personalized Money $ teach journal with pen and sticky notes. Its social problem is financial illiteracy.
• Jesse Leyna’s “Spring Sweets” will sell homemade products such as two crispy chocolate rice bars, four grape-flavored lollipops, four strawberry-flavored lollipops and four watermelon-flavored lollipops. Jesse’s social problem is bullying.
• Azuany “Amor Morado” by Silvestre will sell a set of three handmade rings. Azuany’s social problem is domestic violence and self-esteem.
• “Ashley’s Arts & Craft” by Ashley Vilaysane sells cursive writing and calligraphy kits including a 44 page handmade calligraphy book, six markers, fountain pen, four ink tubes and a notebook. Social problems are dyslexia and dysgraphia.
• Michia Ward’s Cream City Skincare includes homemade loofah, soap and body butter. Her social problem is domestic violence.
• “Boom” by Noelia Xelhua sells a personalized t-shirt, personalized notebook and six personalized stickers with uplifting messages. The social issue is mental health
• Aidan Yang’s “Flaky Salt” sells organically sourced Asian gnocchi with a butter and sage sauce food kit with premium non-perishable ingredients as well as a detailed recipe card. The social question is Support for LGBTQ + adolescents
“These kids are amazing and their stories are amazing,” says Hentz. “After their presentation, they will be open for business,” Hentz said. “So people can shop until they drop, so to speak, and go to the 12 virtual stores and personally meet the students and buy their products online. American Family Insurance is our sponsor and they cover the shipping cost, so all items are shipped at no cost to customers.
“This way, people will not only support the businesses of these young entrepreneurs, but the causes they represent,” she adds.
Once the shopping period is over, prizes will be announced, including the winner of the “People’s Choice” award and the top three CEOs.
The event is the flagship event for CEOs of tomorrow, which was recently received the Force for Positive Change 2021 award from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), which highlights organizations engaged in social impact work in Wisconsin, by Wisconsin and for Wisconsin. This year, 174 social enterprises applied for the awards, 56 of them moved to phase two and 20 of them became finalists, Hentz said.
“Last week they announced that the seven winners and CEOs of Tomorrow were one of them. We were one of seven companies that are making huge social gains within their operations while generating growing revenue, ”Hentz said. “We are the only ones in the Madison / Milwaukee area.”
CEOs of Tomorrow celebrates its 5th anniversary this year and has grown a lot since its launch in 2016 with a three-week summer course for teenagers.
“Most young people come to us without any idea of a business or business experience. Some of them don’t even know what entrepreneurship means. And, ultimately, within 10 weeks, 100% of our young people are starting businesses, ”Hentz said.
On April 25, Hentz adds, they will launch their “100 in 5 – CEOs Thrive” campaign.
“Last year, in December, our young people started 100 companies at CEOs of Tomorrow. We have just started. We are looking forward to launching many more, ”said Hentz.
Come and discover the young teenage entrepreneurs and the innovative companies they launch during the 7th edition of CEOs of Tomorrow Virtual pitch for teens and launch event on Saturday April 17 at noon. For more information, click here.