Sponsor Spotlight: KeyBank Supports Young Entrepreneurs in YouthBiz StartUp Program

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Just as KeyBank supports a business pitch contest for startup businesses through its Key4Women program, they also support young entrepreneurs in learning how to pitch their business ideas through Young Americans’ YouthBiz program.

YouthBiz StartUp provides middle and high school students with the basic building blocks of success through a curriculum that young people can connect with utilizing hands-on activities.

DSST student Cole Pitches a BusinessIn this 10-session program, students learn about themselves and others, compose their own power team, develop a business idea, create a prototype and pitch their business to a panel of judges.

KeyBank Foundation supports organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures. Their funding priorities focus on neighbors, education and workforce. Through grants and sponsorships, they make dreams a reality.

“Key4Women is an avenue of growth and advice for so many women business owners and leaders. Advice that can make a big difference right now. As a relationship-based bank, we want to be a partner in helping our clients use every tool possible while knowing exactly what best fits their business and goals”. – Rachael Sampson, Director of Key4Women

We are thrilled that Chris Picardi, Senior Vice President and Debbie Trujillo, Vice President – Corporate Responsibility Officer/Community Engagement, are such fans of our youth entrepreneurship program.

Perhaps one day, a YouthBiz participant will be a part of KeyBank’s family as an employee, client or a Key4Women business owner!

About KeyBank

KeyBank’s mission is to empower its clients, communities and employees to thrive. The path to financial wellness starts here. No matter who you are, where you are on your financial journey, or what barriers are ahead of you, KeyBank will help you move forward.

KeyBank Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that was founded in 1969 and funded by KeyCorp. We focus on improvingKeybank and Key4Women logo lives through three approaches; neighbors, education and workforce.

Key4Women started in 2005 and has now generated more than $12 billion in loans to women-owned businesses. In addition to helping women business leaders and owners tap into capital to build and grow their businesses, Key4Women members gain valuable access to a team of local Certified Key4Women Advisors who advocate, connect and empower women on their journey to financial wellness.

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