2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Celebrating Colorado’s Top Youth Entrepreneurs

Make plans to join us Thursday, October 7, 2021 for this annual business competition and fundraiser that supports financial literacy education and experiential entrepreneurship learning opportunities that reach nearly 70,000 youth every year!

2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

The 2020 event is available on demand on our event page where Emcee Gregg Moss is joined by our three esteemed Presenting Mentors:

  • Jena Hausmann, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Bob and Judi Newman
  • Raju Patel, Denver Market Leader, Bank of America

These business leaders will mentor the three winning young entrepreneurs including one who runs a business with over $1 million in cumulative sales.  This group of kids is ready for business!

Sponsorships are available for the 2021 event!  View details here and contact Betsy Sklar, Vice President of Development, for more information at 303-320-3245 or bsklar@yacenter.org.

Business Applications – Apply and WIN!

Are you looking to take your business to the next level?  YouthBiz Star winners can earn up to $5,000!  Applications for the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition are now closed.  The application period will re-open in winter, 2021.

Distinguished YouthBiz Stars Mentors

Young Americans is honored to have the support of many esteemed leaders of the business community who recognize and encourage the next generation of business owners in Colorado through this event.  Past Mentors include:

  • Michael Barkin, Vail Resorts
  • Matthew Burkett, The Flyfisher Group
  • Linda Enstrom, Enstrom’s Candy
  • John Hickenlooper, Governor
  • Traci Lounsbury, Workplace ELEMENTS
  • John Malone, Liberty Media
  • Curt Richardson, OtterBox
  • Maureen Tarrant Fitzgerald, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s
  • Kent Thiry, DaVita
Sweet Bee Sisters Lily, Chloe, and Sophie Warren with their mentor Traci Lounsbury
Sweet Bee Sisters Lily, Chloe, and Sophie Warren with their mentor Traci Lounsbury of Workplace ELEMENTS

Interested in doing your part to give back and grow Colorado’s business talent?  Learn more about becoming a Presenting Mentor here.  Thank you for your interest in inspiring the next generation!

Congratulations to the 2020 winners and finalists:

6-11 Age Category

Winner

Olaf’s Dog Cookies
Julia Doolittle, age 9

Finalists

Snacks for Dollars
Seth Huntley (8)

Tuff’s Chickens
Tuff Glassman (7)

12-15 Age Category

Winner

Sewing with Smiles LLC
Maile McManis, age 13

Finalists

Evan Hoing Woodworking
Evan Hoing (13)

Simply Denver Soap Co
Hannah Doolittle (12)

16-21 Age Category

Winner

Cardbound, LLC
Leonard Shearer, age 18

Finalists

Mountainside Lifestyle
Colin Patterson (17), Rowan Steger (17), and Carter Galyardt (17)

The Teen Entrepreneur
Shouken Lopez (17)

2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Business Competition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

 
CoBank
 

Pinnacle Benefactors

 
Empower Retirement
 

Awards Sponsor

 
Daniels Fund
 

Presenting Mentors

 
Bank of America
Children's Hospital Colorado
 

Jena Hausmann, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Robert and Judi Newman, Robert and Judi Newman Foundation

Raju Patel, Denver Market Leader, Bank of America

Mezzanine Partners

 
AAA Colorado
BOK Financial
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Cambiar Investors
Linda and Don Childears
Eide Bailly LLP
Janus Henderson Investors
KeyBank
University of Denver
Vectra Bank Colorado
David and Pam Wolf
Xcel Energy Foundation
 

Foundation Circle Members

American Furniture Warehouse

Bank of Colorado

Bank of the West

BKD CPAs & Advisors

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

David and Karen Burlage

Carter Family Foundation

Colorado Lending Source

The Colorado Trust

Comcast

Community Banks of Colorado

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

The DaVita Village

Deloitte

FirstBank

Essential Investment Partners

GE Johnson

Brian Hamilton

Ibex Investors

Andrew and Anne Jacob

Koelbel & Company

Shannon and David Lemmon

MidWestOne Bank

Northern Trust Asset Management

David and Shawna Pass

The Rifkin/Bennis Family Foundation

Scott and Christine Simon

U.S. Bank Foundation