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Wichita Students Win Grants At Entrepreneurship Expo U.S. Nationals Presented By Youth Entrepreneurs

DETROIT, MICH. - Reema Moussa, a student at The Independent School, was awarded $12,500; Nick Jackson, also a student at The Independent School, was awarded $3,000; and Ethan Osorio and Reese Danitschek, both students at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, were each awarded $2,000 at the National Invention Convention Entrepreneurship Expo presented by Youth Entrepreneurs. 

The Entrepreneurship Expo is part of The Henry Ford National Invention Convention, an annual celebration of K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and is the marquee event of The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention Worldwide young inventor and entrepreneur programs for K-12 students globally. 

For 2019, the presenting sponsor of the Entrepreneur Expo is Youth Entrepreneurs (YE), a middle and high school elective program that instills the business skills, creative risk-taking and personal values necessary to succeed in today’s market — and in life.

The National Invention Convention Entrepreneurship Expo presented by Youth Entrepreneurs is a contest that represents the culmination of months of hard work by student participants in the Youth Entrepreneurs curriculum to develop their boldest and most innovative business ideas. The Entrepreneurship Expo was a national stage for YE students to pitch their business proposals and put their entrepreneurial skills in action for a panel of expert judges. 

The Wichita students were among 11 finalists in the national competition – 10 selected previously by business professionals in the communities that YE serves and one selected by popular online voting. 

Moussa’s HoopHers, Jackson’s Easy Auto Fast Food Tray, Osorio’s Mobile Barber and Danitschek’s AngleTrack received investments from a panel of experts at the Entrepreneurship Expo for their ingenuity, thorough business strategy and level of value creation. 

HoopHers provides basketball shorts for girls. Moussa will use the grant to pay for education or invest in the business. Easy Auto Fast Food Tray is a fabricated tray stable enough to ride in the front seat of your car to hold your items. Jackson will use the grant to invest in the business to develop new models. Mobile Barber is a traveling barbershop in a van. Osorio plans to use the grant to pay for education. AngleTrack will use technology and gear to help improve basketball shots. Danitschek also plans to use the grant to help pay for education.

“Our YE student participants have been incredibly principled in the pursuit of their ideas,” said YE President Kylie Stupka, “These students’ enthusiasm about their ideas has left such a strong impact on their schools, peers and communities — encouraging others to follow their passions and become leaders.” 

“These young entrepreneurs epitomize the idea that we can teach students an entrepreneurial mindset and enable them to control their own destiny through entrepreneurship,” says Danny Briere, Global Director of The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention and Chief Entrepreneurship Officer of The Henry Ford.  “Corporations are continually emphasizing that they want to see inventive, innovative, and entrepreneurial students entering their workforces, and clearly the YE program is preparing these students well.”

Judges for the National Invention Convention Entrepreneurship Expo presented by Youth Entrepreneurs included: Sarah Ketterer, Chief Executive Officer, Fundamental Portfolio Manager at Causeway; Alyssa Bair, Chief Technology Officer at Elevation Solar; Jeff Ponders II, Entrepreneur in Residence at TechTown & Partner at The Better Company; David L. Porteous, Attorney, McCurdy Wotila & Porteous, P.C.; Lead Director, Huntington Bancshares Incorporated; and Mindy Doerr, Industry X.O. Innovation Center Ecosystem Manager, Accenture Digital.

Interviews, event video b-roll and images are available upon request.  

By cultivating students’ sense of personal responsibility and confidence in their capabilities, the Youth Entrepreneurs curriculum develops expertise essential to starting and running a business. Nationally, YE is currently in nearly 280 classrooms in 19 states. To date, the YE program has produced over 30,000 alumni across the U.S. Please visit the Youth Entrepreneurs website to learn more about the program and the local chapter in your area. 

NOTE: More than 300 high school youth from across the country who have graduated from the Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) program will meet in Detroit for a transformational experience full of hands-on activities and networking opportunities, July 15-19, for the second annual YE National Summit. Moussa, Osorio and Jackson plan to attend the Summit. Interested media can contact YE via media contacts above.

About Youth Entrepreneurs 
Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) began in a single classroom in 1991 and has since grown to inspire more than 30,000 young people to achieve far more than they ever thought possible. YE educators receive extensive online resources, training, and the freedom to customize a real-world, hands-on curriculum that benefits their students most. Rooted in entrepreneurial and economic principles, the YE curriculum reveals the innate passions and abilities within students so they believe in themselves and what they can accomplish. YE is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is funded by private donations. For more information, visit YouthEntrepreneurs.org

About The Henry Ford and Invention Convention Worldwide
Through its unique museums, collections and innovation learning expertise, The Henry Ford helps individuals of all kinds to unlock their potential and help shape a better future. The Henry Ford leads the Invention Convention Worldwide community and works to make STEM + Invention + Entrepreneurship (STEMIE) learning accessible to educators and students worldwide. As part of our leadership in invention education, The Henry Ford powers events like Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, curriculum and professional development. For more information, visit InventionConvention.org