The Oviedo Winter Springs Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) held its local Investor Panel event on 05/20/2015, where thousands of dollars in business startup funds were awarded to 14 student businesses.
Recognized for a strong business plan and a unique way of helping people Not Stink!, Emma Svantesson, (17) and Connor Kapoor (16), CEO’s of Clover Fresh, were awarded $1000 and a $500 shopping spree to purchase business supplies from Sam’s Club. Emma Svantesson and Connor Kapoor joined #14 local youth entrepreneurs in Seminole County to pitch their business ideas to an investor panel comprised of local business and community leaders as well as the Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Stone Mangum, the CEO of Simplx, received $1000 to begin his business, while Colin Cooley, the CEO of Dippy Cup, and Gabe Tilford, the CEO of Alright Kids, each received $750 to begin their businesses. The Investor Panel chose to fund the other 10 businesses between $300 and $500. We wish all of the Young Entrepreneurs amazing success as they venture forward to begin their new journeys as business entrepreneurs.
Additionally, Emma Svantesson and Connor Kapoo were selected as the YEA! Saunders Scholars semifinalist, and will advance to the regional competition in May to compete against YEA! students from across the country for the opportunity to win college scholarships and business startup prize packages.
YEA! Oviedo-Winter Springs is led by the Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the University of Central Florida, helping to build the next generation of business leaders in Seminole County.
YEA!, Sam’s Club and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently teamed up to expand and enhance entrepreneurial education classes for middle and high school students across the country. To learn more about YEA! visit yeausa.org.