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2nd Annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy Results

Thursday, April 11, 2018

Contact: K.C. Repage
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Loudoun’s student entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas for
money at Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s April 10th Investor Panel

$5,000 in investment capital awarded to Loudoun’s Young Entrepreneurs

Lansdowne, VA – Just like in the hit TV Show Shark Tank, a group of student entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas for investment capital during the Young Entrepreneurs Academy! Loudoun’s Second Annual Investor Panel

The Loudoun Young Entrepreneurs Academy is an entrepreneurship training program that matches local business owners and leaders with middle and high school students to help them develop and launch their own business or nonprofit organization.

At the Investor Panel event, each student had three minutes to pitch their business in hopes of receiving an investment. Students demonstrated their well thought out business plans, mission statements, marketing strategies, competitive analysis and financial reports. The investor panel consisted of seven local businesses owners and one bank executive.

The twenty-four student entrepreneurs pitched their businesses presentations at the event. Six of them received investment amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500.

  • $1,500 & Saunders Scholarship Winner, Are You Serious Games, Kennedy Bullington of Rock Ridge High School
  • $1,000, SWAY, Alana Andrews of River Bend Middle School
  • $1,000, Ambr, Jonah Han of John Champe High School & Atin Pothiraj of Stone Hill Middle School
  • $500, Burr Bags, Sophia Baxter of Woodgrove High School
  • $500, NEA, Sahlar Salehi of Belmont Ridge Middle School
  • $500, Cuore, Maddie Edwards of Woodgrove High School & Vegain Hernandez-Cruz of Tuscarora High School

*Kennedy will travel to Rochester, New York on May 3rd  to present her businesses idea to a panel of judges as well as compete against other Saunders Scholar winners around the country.

“These impressive young entrepreneurs did an exceptional job in constructing and delivering their business plan “pitches.” I congratulate Kennedy Bullington, for delivering a compelling pitch that convinced our panel of accomplished business owners and executive to name her our Saunders Scholarship winner,” said Chamber President Tony Howard.

The Loudoun Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is jointly presented by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and the Loudoun Economic Development Authority (EDA), in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, The Mason Enterprise Center Loudoun and Loudoun Youth.

Applications our now live at for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Class of 2019.

To learn more about Loudoun’s Chamber of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please visit,  or contact K.C. Repage at