YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SOCIETY

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Teens forging our own paths to prosperity through entrepreneurship and social enterprise.

YES alumni Max Perham is co-founder of Mezli, a new "fast-gourmet" start-up. The idea, say the founders, all Stanford grad students at the time, came from "having to either spend scarce time cooking or scarce money on takeout..." So they teamed up with a Michelin star-rated chef... "to create a menu of Mediterranean-inspired grain bowls and sides." The meals are prepped and served by robots for 24/7 pick-up or delivery from dispensaries occupying a small physical footprint, as seen below. FMI read https://techcrunch.com/2021/11/01/stanford-engineers-team-up-with-michelin-star-chef-to-build-modular-restaurants/?fbclid=IwAR3kbI9_lKyFNwFplC050M3BEGnssGXUiBjKXjAa19qOv6ZyWgCvfZeGZWM, or visit https://www.mezli.com.

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Stanford engineers team up with Michelin-star chef to build modular restaurants – TechCrunch

Mezli's prototype robot restaurant is up and running and serving customers Mediterranean-style grain bowls and side dishes from the company’s...

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YES alumni Greg Stewart has been a pioneering and successful DJ more than 20 years. His passion for tech, music, and people continues to shine! https://www.facebook.com/DJGregStewart/

Very inspiring piece on NESN TV about Roman Sweeney, of Orange, a 2011 BizIdea winner. The awesome Sweeney family has been a part of YES since 2000. Roman's dad, Tim, served on our board; older brother Tyler served as a Job Ready AmeriCorps member (and recorded his hip-hop album at Phil ...Harmonix Studio); and cousin Nick served as an intern at YES BizCenter and as president of North Quabbin Youth Leaders Council.

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Roman Sweeney Battles Adversity to Inspire Through Basketball (Video)

In many ways, Roman Sweeney, a member of the basketball team at North Central Charter Essential School in Fitchburg, is like any teenager. In one ...

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BizVenture! — ENTER BY APRIL 15!
Explore or get started on a career in business, social entrepreneurship, or invention. If you’re aged 14-19 and a resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland, you’re eligible to enter our annual series of contests, events, and activities and win cash awards, prizes, and scholarships!

Keep scrolling for ways to participate!

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TEST YOUR BUSINESS SMARTS, WIN A GoPro™ HERO 10!

Click the BizQuiz logo at left to see how ready you are to start your own business. Then, join us at the YouthBiz Expo to see if you win a GoPro™ HERO 10 with accessories in our BizQuiz drawing.

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BizIdea Challenge: ENTER YOUR BUSINESS IDEA — CASH PRIZES AND MORE!

  • Win cash by signing up with a BizBucks serial number
  • Win a GoPro for taking the BizQuiz
  • Win cash and a BizKamp scholarship by entering a BizIdea
  • Win cash by gathering feedback on your BizIdea using social media
  • Win cash to start your business by entering a BizPlan during BizKamp

Get started!
Review the official rules. Sign up and enter your BizIdea before 11:59 PM on April 15. Exhibit and pitch your idea at the YouthBiz Expo late on the afternoon on the third Thursday of April.

Want to try it out on paper first?
Use our Creation Station worksheet!

Want to see if your idea is also an opportunity? Don’t have an idea?
Use our handy Idea Generator!

BizTour! CONNECT WITH US IN PERSON, GET A CHANCE TO WIN $50!

The BizTeam be visiting events, schools, colleges, career fairs and conferences between January 2 and April 14. See dates and times below. Invite us to your venue or to suggest other places for us to visit!

Assemblies, Presentations, Tabling
Join us for an interactive, multimedia presentation that explores entrepreneurship, social enterprise and invention as possible career options. Or, visit our table at a venue near you.

BizBucks
For a chance to win $50 cash debit card, just grab a BizBuck at a BizTour activity or from a store counter, library desk, or bulletin board. Enter your BizBucks’ serial number when you sign up for any BizVenture! activity!

Tour Dates
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YouthBiz Expo

4th Thursday in April
5-8 PM (youth), 6-8 PM (public)
Location TBA | FREE!

Enter the BizIdea Challenge to
• show and pitch your idea to win prizes!
• show & sell your existing business offerings!
• promote your odd job services!

RSVP to attend. Prepare a display for your idea, business or services (a 4’x3′ table space will be provided). Arrive by 5:00 PM. If you need a lift, reserve your seat by returning this permission form to us by the 3rd Thursday of April. Invite guests of all ages to attend 6:00-8:00 PM. Ask them to RSVP, too. Refreshments will be served, so don’t sweat dinner!

Adults Welcome!
• Show support for young entrepreneurs and their business ideas!
• Meet youth-for-hire for affordable help with odd jobs at home or office!

BizKamp: LEARN HOW TO LAUNCH YOUR OWN BUSINESS!

Learn the art and science and nuts and bolts of small business at our annual summer BizKamp! This award-winning Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program is facilitated by NFTE-certified teachers and local business owners. It includes guest speakers, business tours, a trip to NY, NY, and making money by selling your items at an area Independence Day festival (optional). You can also win start-up cash by presenting your BizPlan to our BizJudges at the end of the week. BizKamp meets national and state academic standards and will help you develop great school-to-career skills! Ask your school about receiving academic credit for completing BizKamp.

Schedule
BizKamp: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM
BizPlan Competition: Friday, 1-4 PM
NY, NY BizTrip: Saturday, 7 AM-10 PM
BizTent Sales Event: July 4, 3-10 PM

Location
TBA

Program Fee
$0-$600 sliding scale (based on household size & income)

Registration Fee
$25 (fee is non-refundable)

Scholarships
Enter the BizIdea Challenge and win one! Or, apply in writing.

NY BizTrip
• Meet successful young entrepreneurs
• Buy goods wholesale to retail back home, including at a YES BizTent in July
• See the sights

Schedule
Depart Saturday, 7:00 AM – locations TBA
Return Saturday, 11:00 PM – locations TBA

Program Fee
$60 (fee is non-refundable). Includes 3 meals and transportation.

Scholarships
Enter the BizIdea Challenge and win one! Or, apply in writing.

BizTent — A GREAT CHANCE TO SELL!
Thousands flock to public July 4th celebrations to enjoy vendors, music, and fireworks. Sell your goods from our tent and/or work the crowd. A fun time is guaranteed!

Schedule
Set up: 3:00-4:30 PM
Selling: 4:30-10:00 PM

Program Fee
$10.00 (non-refundable)

BizPlan Competition: ENTER YOUR BUSINESS PLAN – WIN CASH PRIZES!

The BizPlan Competition is open to youth attending BizKamp.

Get started!
1. Sign up
2. Review the official rules.
3. Enter your BizPlan.
4. Upload your financials spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation.
5. Present your plan at the BizPlan Competition on the final day of BizKamp.

BizLaunch: NEED HELP WITH BIZ LIFT-OFF?

How we can help:

Mentoring & Coaching
Behind every successful entrepreneur is a team of helpful and supportive people. We can hook you up with seasoned professionals and entrepreneurs who’ll be in your corner to help when you need them.

Technical Support
No matter what kind of business you’re starting, you’re going to be on a learning curve. Legal issues, financials, marketing, sales, product development, staffing, and more. Whatever you want to learn, we can help!

Capital
While you’re more than likely to use personal savings and gifts and loans from family and friends to fund your startup, it’s always a good idea to explore other options for raising the resources you need to start and grow your business. Let us help.

Space
Do you need an office, storefront, or manufacturing space? We may be able to point you to affordable ones.

Networking
In business, who you know is just as important to your success as what you know. We can help introduce you to people, groups, and organizations who may be helpful to you.

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