LARGO, Md., Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- KoJo Addae-Mintah, the CEO of WhirlWind Technologies, LLC (WhirlWind), appeared on the panel of judges for the Teen Biz Challenge held by the Office of the Mayor, Catherine E. Pugh, in Baltimore. The competition was inspired by the popular "Shark Tank" television series and the teens were competing for up to $6,500 in startup funds for their "big ideas."
11 youths, representing nine different businesses, pitched their innovative ideas to the panel of judges comprising of CEO's from a variety of civic minded local businesses. The teens were all graduates of the of the 2018 Y.E.S. (Youth Entrepreneurship Startup) Summer Program, which WhirlWind sponsored this year. The teens presented a range of ideas, from OmegaBrush, an innovative dental hygiene product presented by Mahmoud Shelby (18 years old), to Miracle Box, a subscription service for healthy food delivery presented by Sa'Niya Sherman (16 years old). Kamri Moses (14 years old) presented a mouthwatering array of smoothies and assorted beverages for his KR Smoothies business.
The pitch that received the highest level of funding came from a recent high school graduate, and current freshman student at Stevenson University, Ciera Smith (18 years old). Ciera's business, Naturally Me is a monthly subscription service for feminine hygiene products. Ciera Smith received $6,500 in the accelerator program, and each business that pitched received at least $1,000 in funding.
"At WhirlWind, we fleshed out what empowerment means to us and came to the core of helping people to understand and fulfil their potential." KoJo Addae-Mintah said, "Showing up for the teens and serving as judge and mentor gave me a front seat view into the next generation's incredible potential. And for this, I am excited to do the work I do."
About WhirlWind Technologies: WhirlWind Technologies is an SDB & 8(a) technology firm focused on empowering our clients since 2009. We build innovative solutions and create long term partnerships. WhirlWind actively recruits and uses best practices screening techniques to hire and promote "A players."
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