Believe in Your Business prepares high school students to start, own, operate and lead entrepreneurial, impactful, modern business ventures. Our objective is to create a pipeline of young entrepreneurs who are prepared to take their places as business leaders in their respective communities.
We work with schools and communities to encourage entrepreneurial skills in three areas important for today’s youth:
- Social responsibility
How We Got Started
In 2013 and 2014, Believe in Your Business began as a project in New Tech Academy (located at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, IN). Working with teacher Riley Johnson, now principal at the Napa CA New Tech High School, we facilitated a classroom business plan competition and provided seed capital to the winners. During the two years, the program engaged over 150 students and seeded four student-owned businesses.
In 2015, Believe in Your Business decided to address a wider region and opened the competition to students from the entire 10-county Northeast Indiana region. Three student ventures from three different counties were seeded, and over 100 student entrepreneurs were engaged. We continued to mentor in the classroom at New Tech Academy, but we clearly had an expansion in mind.
New for 2016!
Building on a successful three-year history, we are expanding Believe in Your Business in 2016 to reach even more students. We are creating programming that enables students to explore real entrepreneurship and gain hands-on experience—but without the risk or stress of being forced to start a venture while occupied with the rigors of high school or forthcoming college.