Young Entrepreneurs to Pitch Their Companies at America's Small Business Summit

June 9, 2016


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host the YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition finals on June 13.

Ten of the country's brighest young entrepreneurs will be in Washington next week to compete for scholarships and prizes at America's Small Business Summit

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) will hold the finals of its Saunders Scholars competition on Monday, with participants pitching their businesses to a panel of judges.  

Each of the YEA! participants is a student who qualified for the national finals after rounds of local and regional competitions. 

YEA! is an after-school program that teaches students in grades 6-12 lessons in starting their own businesses. The YEA! finalists have all gone through the steps of starting and developing real-life companies. This year's finalists include makers of custom clothing, unique grips for lacrosse sticks, and customizable phone cases. There's also a literacy-oriented non-profit and a platform to connect music teachers with students. 

The Saunders Scholars finals competition will take place on June 13 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. To register for the event, click here

There are seven companies represented by 10 students in this year's finals. Here they are: 

Cyanne McLean, CEO of Africa Smiles, a non-profit that works to improve literacy for children in Africa.


Maxx Stewart, CEO of Spyder Grypz, a maker of unique grips for lacrosse sticks. 


Ashley Hurton, CEO of HappiWear, a company that produces athletic clothing while promoting good mental and physical health. 


Laney Hughes, CEO of Shallocat, which produces unique clothing items. 


Emily Guertler, CEO of StraightShot Apparel, which makes pants designed for children with diabetes. 

Ethan Shapiro and Ryan Shnider, the CEOs of Snap'd In, the maker of customizable phone cases. 



Arya Desai, Meenu Pamula, and Mizna Akbar, the owners of Muzikguru, a platform that connects parents and children with music teachers. 



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