In Bellevue, starting a business and pitching to investors isn’t just for adults; kids are getting in on the action too.
Students in the Bellevue School District, in grades 6 though 12, are getting experience in pitching and building a business through the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Students pitched their business ideas to a panel of investors to compete for funding in early April, and are now preparing for the business showcase in May.
Business ideas were delivered to a a panel of investors, who awarded $6,200 to 15 teams to be used in developing, marketing, and selling products and services. The panel was composed of Dr. Chuck Magness of Kineta, Jimmy Ng from KeyBank, Meghana Subramanian from extraSlice Smart Space, Seth Talbott from Longevity Medical Center, and Thomas Tomasevic, CEO at T2 Team Consulting.
“As an entrepreneur myself, I was impressed by the students’ maturity and determination and understand the effort they have put forth,” Tomasevic said in a news release. “We wish all the teams the best of luck in realizing their business potential.”
The panel selected Sweetimals, lead by Maia Kushanroff, an 11th-grade student at Bellevue Big Picture School, to advance to YEA Saunders Scholars National College Scholarship competition. Sweetimals offers animal-shaped sugar figures that dissolve in hot drinks.
The YEA Student Business Showcase will be help 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 6 at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.