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Local Young Entrepreneurs Launch 17 Companies; Business Trade Show set for May 9

Wednesday, April 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ashley Clemmer
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Contact: Sara Garner, 425.213.1204
sgarner@bellevuechamber.org
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Bellevue, WA - Twenty-four young entrepreneurs pitched their seventeen startup businesses before a panel of investors on April 5. These students in the 6th-12th grades have participated in a 30-week intensive hands-on business course called the Young Entrepreneurs Academy a program of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. This year’s cohort is the fifth graduating class and 67 companies have been launched through the Bellevue Chamber. Meet these budding new entrepreneurs and learn more about their enterprises at the YEA! Student Business Trade Show and Graduation on May 9 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Bellevue Chamber offices located at 330 112th Ave NE, Suite 100, Bellevue.

An investor panel of judges awarded $4,500 to the companies to help with their start-up costs through the Bellevue Chamber Foundation (to make a tax deductible contribution visit www.bellevuechamber.org/foundation) with support from Legacy Champion Columbia Bank and Corporate Sponsor KeyBank and our Academy Partner, the Bellevue School District. “I thought the presentations were amazing, well thought out and innovative ideas. I was most impressed with the students’ ability to articulate their vision and execute on a plan,” said Diane Najm, CEO/President, PhotoPad for Business, who participated as a judge.

The investor panel selected Neil Chowdhury, CEO of iConverge to represent Bellevue to advance to the 10th Annual YEA! Saunders Scholars National Semi-Finals College Scholarship competition May 4 in Rochester, New York. Neil is an 8th grader at Odle Middle School and his product is truly meaningful, making life better for those with similar life challenges. iConverge is a cross-platform app that treats patients with double vision cheaply and efficiently and in a way that’s a lot more fun. It wasn’t until last year that Neil realized he had been born with double vision. He didn’t think the paper exercises he was given were very interesting, so he launched his concept for iConverge. Neil has already developed his mobile platform of eye exercises and is working with a local optometrist to use his platform for other patients.

2017 YEA! Student Startups

Ohider Pet Care is a website and app that connects pet owners and veterinarians.

Zoompark makes parking more affordable and convenient through an app which lets you reserve a spot and pay for it.

AutoMathics is an educational website which helps children and adults improve their mental math skills.

Trouvi Trackers is a company that creates fashionable and compact trackers with the purpose of making trackers like accessories, optional but very needed.

The Paper Bag creates eco-friendly skincare products made to help you live sustainably.

Unfold the World is an innovative non-profit that helps underserved students experience the world. It not only funds field trips but helps disadvantaged students join excursions at other schools.

G^2 is a sports equipment company that sells specialized golf grips.

Here comes the Shocc team. They are trying to make sports equipment more efficient for players.

Still Mind is a non-profit that provides mental health technology.

Plug Hug is a hardware company offering a device that screws into a wall socket to prevent power cords from falling out.

Wardroballot is an application helping people decide on outfits and keep their closets organized that aims to connect people through fashion.

Fuerza is a non-profit centered around empowering women and teaching them more about their rights. Fuerza works with colleges and high schools to create chapters that propel the women's rights movement through the sales of their unique charm bracelets.

Immigrant Nation is a non-profit corporation building a resources center for new immigrants in the United States.

Bellevue RoboClinic is a non-profit organization that teaches robotics to kids in underfunded schools in Washington.

Politikids, a website that inspires activism along with awareness in kids.

Boxfull, an on-demand/subscription box for school supplies; sports; self-care.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job--not just take a job! YEA!’s™ direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce representing businesses that provide thousands of jobs in our region. Focused on “Accelerating Tomorrow Today” by creating a sustainable environment where entrepreneurial businesses can thrive and be the place of choice for talent, investments and jobs.

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