Local teen entrepreneurs will present the business they created and a social issue they support – such as mental health, breast cancer and gun violence – to Tomorrow’s CEOs 8th annual Pitch & Launch Event on Saturday December 11, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. CEOs of Tomorrow’s students Incubator program spoke with Madison365 about their businesses, products and experiences in the incubator program.
Sowmya Rajana, a junior at Middleton High School, has a business called “Never” and works to raise awareness about mental health. She sells candles because the aromas can help with depression, anxiety, and stress. This question is important to Sowmya because her family has lost someone due to their mental health.
“I chose mental health because in the Asian community and in general, depression is something that’s really hard to talk about. Some of my Asian friends can’t really tell their parents about their mental health. You can’t really like to go out and say, “Yo, I have depression, I need help.” It just doesn’t work that way. And I decided to start a business on it and donate a percentage to a place where they help people who have lost someone due to mental health.
Kalin Allen, an elder at Madison East High School, said that with her “Wearing Out Cancer” business, she wanted to fight breast cancer. It will sell clothing, including personalized t-shirts and caps. Kalin’s aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and she wants to raise awareness about the disease.
“She is the main reason I wanted to start this business,” Allen said.
Saanvi Gandhari, a first year participant, started her business, “Education is the key”, which addresses the social issue of access to education. Along with her business, she will be selling Christmas cookies.
“A friend of mine couldn’t afford a club or go to a specific school trip or something like that. I wanted to donate money to an education fund. So people always have the opportunity to get those amazing classes and clubs that they might not be able to access, ”Saanvi said.
Amari Sherman is a first year student at Middleton High School who uses her ‘Guns Down, Hearts Up’ business to tackle gun violence, will sell inspirational clothing to raise awareness about gun violence and gun control issues.
“What inspired my business is the name,” said Sherman. “It’s because my social problem is gun violence and gun control. My company says to lower the guns and raise awareness. Then good luck. “
The students said they were nervous and excited to showcase their businesses at the event. Many of them are learning and growing in the program and want to come back to work with the CEOs of tomorrow whenever they can.
“They are amazing people who help you with everything,” Rajana said. “And not only is it good for the university, but it’s a new experience for you. As a high school student, you want to know where you want to go in the future. And that’s a path you can take to explore that. “
To register for the Pitch & Launch virtual event, Click here. CEOs of Tomorrow is partnering with Paco’s Tacos and La Taguara, offering Pitch & Launch meal packages to be enjoyed during the event. $ 5 from each meal sold will be used to support the CEOs of Tomorrow Youth Entrepreneurship Program. The deadline to order meals is Friday December 3. Click here order.