Aquila Brown (center) with teacher Micki Boulineau (left) and mentor Sam Whetsel. (Photo/Provided)
Evan Knox (left) did his prep work with his Charleston Collegiate School teacher, Hacker Burr. (Photo/provided)
Published Oct. 2, 2013
Two Charleston high school students will compete against 39 other students in a national business plan competition Thursday in New York City.
The National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge winner takes $25,000 in cash and other prizes home to advance either his or her business plan or his or her education.
Aquila Brown of Charleston Charter School for Math & Science will present a plan for her company, TruSol Art, a fast, hand-drawn portrait service that targets Charleston tourists. She spends time at the Charleston City Market, the Battery and Waterfront Park marketing her business to potential customers.
“Set your goals high, and do not let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do,” Brown said in a news release.
“The sooner that you get out there, start your business and build connections, the better,” Knox said.
They will compete this week against other regional competition winners. The two prepared their business plans and presentations with their mentors and YEScarolina coaching staff, gaining hands-on training on how to launch a business. They homed in on artwork, math, reading, writing and critical thinking skills.
“The curriculum reinforces students’ critical thinking skills and provides them with tools to help them take control of their futures and think entrepreneurially,” according to a YEScarolina statement.
The challenge was organized by YEScarolina, and its global program partner, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina trains and certifies S.C. teachers to teach entrepreneurship.