LARGO, Md., Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- WhirlWind Technologies, LLC (WhirlWind) partnered with the D.R.E.A.M. (Developing Resources to Empower All Minds) Foundation to sponsor the 2018 Y.E.S. (Youth Entrepreneurship Startup) Program. The Y.E.S program is a five-week all expenses paid summer camp for Baltimore City high school students, aimed at entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
This summer, the Y.E.S. program hosted a total of 26 high school students. Y.E.S. participants learned key concepts of running and operating a business, from creating an idea, to competitor analysis, market trends, value proposition and scalability. The students met with 21 entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds who shared their success stories and struggles. The students also visited National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to study black inventors and pioneers.
The graduates of the Y.E.S. Summer program in 2018 participated in the Teen Biz Challenge held by the Office of the Mayor, Catherine E. Pugh, in Baltimore. The teenagers presented their ideas to a panel of judges, including the CEO of WhirlWind Technologies, KoJo Addae-Mintah. They pitched their businesses for a final round of up to $5,000 in startup funds.
"My big hairy audacious goal is to empower 10,000 individuals in 10 years," KoJo Addae-Mintah said. "And this contribution paves the way to create future entrepreneurs with a social and civic sense of responsibility." The future entrepreneurs agree. As one of the Y.E.S. students said: "The Y.E.S. Program helps recognize the brilliance of today's youth. It grooms us into future entrepreneurs and leaders inside and outside of our communities."
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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