Press Release: Youth Entrepreneurs to Join Denver Startup Week

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For a third year, Colorado students as young as six and as old as twenty will learn and network side-by-side with local entrepreneurs and business leaders during Denver Startup Week. “Youth Pass” enables students to participate in event workshops, to lead panel discussions, to compete for cash prizes, and to pitch their business ideas to Colorado entrepreneurs and business leaders.  …

Press Release: Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition to Include Team of Student Entrepreneurs

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Denver Startup Week’s fourth annual Pitch Competition will include one team of noticeably younger entrepreneurs. For the first time, student entrepreneurs hand-selected by Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) and Young Americans Center for Financial Education (Young Americans Center) will compete in their own pitch competition.  One winning business will advance to the adult pitch competition for a chance to win a …

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Colorado & Company – Hayden Hopkins, Lightner Designs

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Hayden Hopkins has her own business creating notecards called Lightner Designs.  Her hand-drawn designs are impressive—it’s hard to believe she’s only 11 years old!  Hayden is a finalist in the 2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition. Learn more about Hayden on our blog, and watch her segment on Colorado & Company!

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Colorado & Company – Shouken Lopez, The Teen Entrepreneur

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Even though he’s only 16 years old, Shouken Lopez has found so much success as an entrepreneur that part of his business involves teaching others how to be successful! Shouken’s online store uses dropshipping to fulfill orders.  The products are shipped directly from a wholesaler, and Shouken’s profits come from the margins in between.  Shouken is a finalist in this year’s …

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Colorado & Company – Hannah Reyes, HER Designs

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Hannah Reyes used her initials to create the name of her business, HER Designs four years ago when she was eight.  She sells a variety of products, including hairclips, mirrors, popsockets, and mini-personal alarms, but all have a signature rosette that she hand-makes out of fabric.  Hannah is a finalist in the 2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition. Learn …

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Colorado & Company: Yard Boyz

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Jack Fleming is the 18-year-old owner of a lawn care business called Yard Boyz.  Due to his dedication and vision, the business has steadily grown over the last five years, and in 2018 Jack made $25,000 in profit! Jack’s goals for this summer include staying on top of his administrative work and expanding his business. He is a finalist in the 2019 Spotlight …

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Meeting the Stars: Young Americans Center names top Colorado youth businesses

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A forerunner in providing youth entrepreneurship programming and resources for young people, Young Americans Center for Financial Education has named this year’s top youth businesses in Colorado. The announcement was made at a “Meet the Stars” celebration on Tuesday, July 16 at Young Americans Center. An independent panel of judges evaluated applications of youth, ages 6-21, before selecting this year’s nine …

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Colorado & Company: Yaunie’s Scrub Sensations

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Yaunie Williams is the owner of YAUNIE’S Scrub Sensation, which she created four years ago when she was just eight years old. Yaunie hand makes all her sugar scrubs, bath scrubs, and gift sets, which make perfect birthday and hostess gifts. For Yaunie, owning her own business is a way to spread joy to her customers and her community! Learn more about …

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Colorado & Company: KONE Ice Cream

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14-year-old Ezra Ekuban just started a new business that already has a big following!  KONE is a premium ice cream starter made with the finest organic and all-natural ingredients.  You can find his products online or at the Parkers Farmers Market on Sunday’s from 8am-1pm.  He has applied to the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition in hopes of making …