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YEA! Students Debut Businesses at Trade Show

May 21, 2013

YEA! Trade Show at Stonebriar CentreFrisco ISD middle and high school students involved in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) revealed their start-up ventures to the public at the program’s second annual Trade Show on May 18 at Stonebriar Centre.

YEA! is a partnership between the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Frisco Economic Development Corporation and Frisco ISD.

The Trade Show is the culmination of the educational program’s overall goal - for students to become the CEOs of their own companies.

“We wanted to find a way to help kids and since we are all good at math, it was a way to give back in a fun way,” said Fowler eighth grader Rohit Kopparthy, who is launching Math Mantix, a math website for FISD fourth and fifth graders with Maus eighth graders Vikas Amara and William Corrigan.

Students had the opportunity to speak with consumers, potential clients or investors about their newly launched businesses.

Uma Patel, a freshman at Frisco High School, started Mine It! Designs, a custom apparel design and printing business, with Anjali Sridharan of Heritage High School.

“I want to continue the company even after this,” Patel said. “I think it has potential. I really believe in it.”

Patel said the Young Entrepreneurs Academy has helped her develop confidence and business experience.

“I started the program without any entrepreneurship skills,” she said. “I didn’t know how to talk to people. It’s helped me so much.”

YEA! is for students who have demonstrated creativity, innovative ideas, academic effort, determination, enthusiasm, the ability to communicate and a commitment to their community and family. Prior experience in business is not required.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year. Click here for more information.

Uma Patel of Mine It Designs

Amara, Corrigan and Kopparthy of Math Mantix

Megan Linton of Vivo Savvy

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