From June 23-24th, sixteen ambassadors of the YMCA Latino Achievers program were guests at the Entrepreneur Center to culminate their Be Entrepreneurial! Camp. The students, ranging from incoming freshmen in high school to incoming freshmen in college, had spent a week forming a business plan for companies that they created and visiting companies across Nashville.
Students were welcomed at the EC with a tour and a brief history of the center and its resources. They were then trained on the Power of the Pitch by the EC’s VP of Entrepreneurial Development, John Murdock. LeShane Greenhill, the EC’s Code2040 Entrepreneur in Residence and CEO of Sagents was able to share his story with the students and give them a pep talk about the entrepreneurial experience. The students were then given time to use the EC as a place to exercise their own creativity and innovation as they prepared their pitches.
The next day, the Latino Achievers came to the EC bright and early for another day of entrepreneurship experience. They kicked off the day with visitors from UBS, which is the premier sponsor of the Entrepreneur Center’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Speakers included Dan Miller, VP of Wealth Management, and Oscar Rayo, a UBS Analyst and Latino Achievers alumni, Kelli Nowers, who oversees the Diversity and Inclusion program at the EC, YMCA Latino Achievers Senior Program Director, Kathleen Fuchs, and Marcos Cunha, Code2040 Entrepreneur in Residence and CEO of YouRoam.
After speeches, it was time for the pitch competition to begin! The students presented their ideas to three esteemed judges. Pitches included upbeat speeches, powerpoint presentations, and even a prototype website coded from scratch by incoming 9th grader, Lilianna Cortes. The winning pitch was the Beauty Bump, a social enterprise that the students created to help young mothers through the pregnancy process. All students received a certificate of participation and a special gift from the Latin American Chamber of Commerce, presented by Marcela Gomez.
Special thanks to all of the guests and partners that were involved with planning this day for the YMCA Latino Achievers!