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Briefing Wire, April 2016

Young Entrepreneurs Pitch Business Plans to Local Investors

On April 6th, 2016, the Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) students will present their business plans before local investors at FAU Tech Runway. This event is from 4:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. and is free and open to the public.

Eighteen middle and high school students representing 14 businesses and social movements will have five minutes to pitch their plans to prominent business leaders in Palm each County. This “Shark Tank” style event will result in student’s receiving capital from Saint Andrew’s School, Florida Blue, the Office Depot Foundation, TouchSuite, Comerica Bank, Bluegreen Vacations, IBM, Flower Power & Light, Publix Super Market Charities and the Research Park at FAU.

The investor panel will include prominent executives from Palm Beach County including: Beth Johnston, Florida Blue; Angela Mastrofrancesco, Comerica Bank; Sam Zietz, TouchSuite; Diane Heard, Bluegreen Vacations; Allen Baum, Boca Bearings; Cathy Meehan, IBM and Andrew Duffell, the Research Park at FAU. Athony Barber, FAU Board of Trustees, will be the moderator for the event.

“These students represent future innovators and job creators in Florida,” said Jenna Reed, Development Director, Golden Bell and YEA! “For the past six months they have been working on an original product or service, developed a fully functional business model and are now ready to present their ideas to the public. Local business leaders will award them funds to help launch their business which is really exciting.”

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