EngenuitySC and YEScarolina Summer BIZCamp Awards Ceremony

MEDIA ADVISORY
EngenuitySC and YEScarolina Sponsor Youth Entrepreneurship Summer BIZCamps and Award Top Business Proposals

WHO:
• Rising 7th and 8th grade students from Richland School District One middle schools (W.A. Perry, Alcorn Middle and Hand Middle)
• Paul Smith, 2009 Entrepreneurial Teacher of the Year
• Dean Kress, Associate Director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
• Kaye Shaw, Executive Director, Midlands Education & Business Alliance
• The Honorable Kelvin Washington, Richland County Council Member, District 10
• Alex Abrashkin, Chief Executive Officer, iTekka Inc.
• Barbara Blau, President, DP Professionals, Inc.

WHAT: EngenuitySC, an active public/private partnership that is extremely passionate about the Columbia region becoming a leader of the knowledge economy, partnered with YEScarolina, a program partner of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), to sponsor two, three-week long entrepreneurial summer camps for middle school students in Richland School District One at Alcorn Middle School and the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. The goal of the camps was to introduce students to the concept of entrepreneurship, connect students with local mentors and foster their dreams of developing a business. In addition to the business proposal competition, students participated in team projects, class exercises and sessions with guest speakers. The final business plan competition and award ceremony will take place Thursday, June 24, at 9 a.m. A panel of local entrepreneurs and representatives from Richland County will pick the top three business plans, and those students will receive cash prizes to help them launch their businesses this summer.

WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 2010
Business plan competition from 9 a.m. - 10:30am

WHERE: Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina
Room 534
1705 College Street
Columbia, SC 29208

WHY: Entrepreneurship and innovation are key factors for our region in sustaining economic growth and creating jobs in the Columbia region. To build a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, education needs to be part of the lifelong learning process, and that is why the YEScarolina BIZCamps are vital to instilling the entrepreneurial spirit in Midlands’ students. Further information is available online at www.Engenuitysc.com and www.yescarolina.com.

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