Never Too Young to Start the Business of Your Dreams.
Congratulations Eve Knight and Amrita Ram on making it to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Finals. Today, these young entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses to a panel of legendary entrepreneurs, for an opportunity to win college scholarships, business start-up prize packages, and an audition to present to the “sharks” on ABC Television’s hit show Shark Tank!
Amrita Ram, CEO of Fresh Steps, is a 16 year old student at Newport High School, heading into her senior year this fall. She was inspired by children’s sneakers that “light-up” as they walk, and knew that simple technology could be applied in a bigger way. Fresh Steps is a piezoelectric tile system that can power a building off of the kinetic energy produced by people walking! Amrita proposes installing Fresh Steps Eco-board product in public buildings as a means of cutting energy costs and decreasing carbon emissions.
The Spice Kidz, is 12 years old and will be entering this 7th grade this fall. At the age of 7, Eve and her family moved to America from Ireland and had to adjust to some changes, most of all, the different kinds of food! Eve loves to make curry and was shocked to discover that her American friends had no idea what curry was. Determined to start a business to introduce everyone to delicious Indian Curry, Eve and her older brother Liam started The Spice Kidz. The Spice Kids offer spice packets of fresh spice mixes with an easy 7 step recipe.
In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce and Campaign for Free Enterprise became a national sponsor and partner of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to help promote the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders. Through coordination with its network of local chambers of commerce, the U.S. Chamber has helped communities across the country adopt the YEA! program. Together, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are celebrating the power and promise of young people in business and encouraging the next greatest generation to make a job, not just take a job.
Good luck today Amrita and Eve!