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Envision’s Incubator Summit Hosts 13 High School Entrepreneurs in D.C. to Help Propel Their Business Startup

13 Winners Awarded All-Expense Paid Trip to Washington D.C

CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Envision, a leading experiential education organization, brought 13 winning high school students from throughout the United States to Washington D.C. to attend its Envision Incubator Summit—a two-day summit offering hands-on learning workshops given by company executives at 1776, a D.C.-based startup business incubator that provides intellectual, social, and financial capital to global entrepreneurs.

The 13 students are winners from one of Envision’s two National Youth Leadership Forums (NYLF) on Business Innovation—an 8-day series that was offered this past summer at San Jose State University in California and St. John’s University in New York. Each forum culminated with an investor pitch presentation, where teams presented their idea to a “Shark-Tank-style” executive panel of business experts and owners. Over 250 students competed in groups with 13 students ultimately chosen to take their startup idea to the next level by attending the all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

During the two-day summit held October 7-8, students participated in workshops focused on business organization and management, financial planning and startup expenses, in addition to branding and understanding the market. The student winners also visited startup incubator 1776 to receive additional mentorship and business advice.

“Students who participate in Envision’s NYLF Business Innovation programs are typically entrepreneurial, self-starters, and innovative,” said Envision’s Chief Academic Officer, Andrew Potter. “Our goal at Envision is to provide 21st century experiential learning opportunities where students can collaborate with their peers and gain hands-on experience to better prepare them for college and their future career. These students are eager to make their mark on the world, and lead others through their passion for outside-the-box thinking. Congratulations to the 13 student winners who displayed impressive global leadership skills. We were impressed with the caliber and professionalism of their startup ideas and presentations.”

Students took on the hurdles every entrepreneur must face as they worked in teams to develop the next great business idea, taking it from concept to launch to presenting their ideas under the pressure of a competitive fast pitch.  The winners hailed from all over the United States, including:

Fernando Andrade, Chula Vista
Sue Jaico, San Mateo
Nicolas Owen, Pasadena
Juliette Scolieri, Redlands

Shannon Thompson, Castle Rock

Steven Betka, Altanta
Dreammer Jeffries, Stone Mountain

Benjamin Bennett, Baton Rouge

Tiana Rossi, Wakefield

Hannah Jian, Starkville

New Jersey
Lauren Cox, Montclair

New York
Kyla Philippe, Middletown

Alessandro Garza, San Antonio

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