The Youth Mean Business | YMB Fuel accelerator, a Beautiful Curly Me initiative, was incredible! We are so thrilled to have been able to impact the lives of 9 youthpreneurs (11-17) with a week-long immersive program that included field trips and meetings with senior-level executives, workshops, personalized coaching and $25,0000 in grants!
After an application and interview process, 9 youthpreneurs from all over the country were selected to be part of Cohort 1, in our pilot accelerator program that ran from July 24-28, 2023.
This accelerator was at zero$ cost, all we did was ask them to GROW: Give it their all, (be) Ready to Learn, Open to challenge and Willing to work! And they did just that.
At BCM warehouse
With Leslie Zinn, CEO Arden's Garden after facility tour
In a workshop session
On pitch day, the cohort thought they were pitching for $5k and after we awarded the winner, we surprised everyone else with $2500 checks for their businesses.
We are so excited for the next generation of leaders and the opportunity to do our part to fuel their growth. As a Mother/Daughter team, who have been on this journey since Zoe was 7 years old, it is our greatest honor to be able to pay it forward for other young entrepreneurs.
Special Thank you to our amazing partners - Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs, Partnership for Southern Equity and US Bank | Elavon for your support in makin this happen.
This is just the beginning.
Stay tuned for more updates and when applications open up for the next YMB class. Keep up with Youth Mean Business on Linkedin here.