The Moneythink Young Entrepreneurs Conference (MYEC) provides highly motivated students from urban high schools an opportunity to connect with the broader Chicago business community. The Conference is structured into two parts: a business development workshop and pitch competition.
The workshop serves as a platform for students enrolled in Moneythink’s Financial Life Skills and Entrepreneurship programs to develop their business ideas into a professional pitch. Through mentor guidance, the students examine aspects like target market, projected sales, branding/marketing, and financing models for their business proposal.
The second portion,a pitch competition, invites highly influential associates at banks, start-up companies, consulting agencies, and non-profit organizations to participate as judges and audience members, as the students present and defend their business plans.
Using the judges’ evaluations, a winning group is selected to receive an externship opportunity as a prize. The 2012 MYEC winners received an all-expense paid trip to the Kauffman Foundation, the world’s largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship.
Photos are courtesy of Jason Smith.
How to Get Involved
If are interested in serving as an MYEC judge, arranging an externship opportunity for the winning group, or providing a sponsorship, please contact Arlene Wang at email@example.com or Arjun Malhotra at firstname.lastname@example.org.