Denver Startup Week: Four Businesses are Ready to Win It!

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After weeks of preparation, four youth-owned businesses are ready to pitch at Denver Startup Week’s Youth Pass Pitch Challenge.  All are hoping to make it to the Denver Startup Week Pitch Challenge Semi-Finals where they’ll compete head-to-head with adult entrepreneurs for six coveted spots in the Pitch Challenge Finals! The businesses couldn’t be more different.  Luke Aden, a senior at …

Host Jacquie Palisi and Shouken Lopez.

Monthly Entrepreneur: 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 …

Host Jacquie Palisi with Hayden Hopkins

Monthly Entrepreneur: 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 below, and watch her segment on Colorado & Company! Question: Tell me a little bit about you – name, …

Colorado & Company's Jacquie Palisi and Hannah Reyes

Monthly Entrepreneur: 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 …

Entrepreneurship Events for Youth at Denver Startup Week

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Youth Pass returns to Denver Startup Week for a third straight year!  A collaboration among Young Americans Center for Financial Education, Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, and Denver Startup Week, YouthBiz allows youth as young as six and as old as twenty to network side-by-side with local entrepreneurs and business leaders.  Students will participate in event workshops, lead panel discussions, compete …

Make it 'Appen Pitch Presentation

Business and Technology Intersect at YouthBiz Make it Appen Camp

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There’s no shortage of technology summer camps for kids in the Denver metro area, but one camp stands out among the plethora of options: YouthBiz Make it ‘Appen Summer Camp at Young Americans Center. In this week-long day camp, youth code their own app, plus they use this app as the basis for a business plan! The idea behind the camp …

Meet a Mentor: Leroy Williams, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CyberTeKIQ LLC

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This week, we invite you to meet the second of our three distinguished mentors hosting a youth entrepreneur in the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition.  Leroy Williams is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CyberTeKIQ LLC, a management consulting company that helps businesses understand the technology landscape. Entrepreneurship has defined Williams for as long as he can remember.  As …

Students outside YA

Sponsor Spotlight: Managing money the right way, thanks to Adolph Coors Foundation

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Imagine a Colorado where every youth, regardless of background, knows how to earn, make and manage his or her money wisely.  Adolph Coors Foundation shares this vision through its support of hands-on financial education at Young Americans Center. Essential to Young Americans Center is the belief that children learn best when they are doing. In Young AmeriTowne, fifth graders hold a …

Meet a Mentor: Ryan Beiser, Regional President and Head of Corporate Banking, PNC Bank

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Every year, the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition pairs three Denver-area business leaders with three up-and-coming youth entrepreneurs.  The first mentor we are highlighting for this year’s 18th annual competition is Ryan Beiser, PNC regional president and head of Corporate Banking for Colorado. Beiser’s extensive background in business and finance and most importantly, his personal commitment to community engagement and …

Sponsor Spotlight: Kids gain real sales experience at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

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Walk into Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, and you’ll immediately see a kid-friendly gift shop filled with toys, games, stuffed animals, candy, and even products made by young entrepreneurs.  This unique space is the result of a special partnership between Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and a YouthBiz Star entrepreneur. In 2015, Rocky Mountain Hospital …