Project Description

Young Entrepreneurs

The jobs of our future are unknown, and therefore it’s more important than ever to nurture and teach students critical skills and behaviors of entrepreneurs:  creativity, opportunity recognition, self-motivation, adaptability. Entrepreneurs are opportunistic collaborators who learn from experimentation and failure along the way.

Integrating entrepreneurship education with academic and CTE (Career Technical Education) curriculum can help students develop these skills by providing relevance and application.

Students Learn To

  • Challenge – challenge themselves and others

  • Care – do work they care about

  • Risk – take risks

  • Believe – believe in themselves

  • Vision – has a vision for something and a desire to create it

  • Team – work with aspiring people

  • People – hang out with people who are already the way you want to be

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Got a great business idea?

The Young Entrepreneurs of the RGV Challenge is an online entrepreneurship competition looking for 9th thru 12th grade students enrolled in Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs of study.

Students can develop critical workforce readiness skills through entrepreneurial activities. Young Entrepreneurs of the RGV Challenge is a simple set of activities that help students learn creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and presentation skills.

Impact

  • Introduces kids to the Entrepreneurial mindset for 21st Century careers

  • Teaches workforce readiness skills

  • Instills important life skills in a fun way

  • Reinforces academic content

  • Strengthens relationships in the region and network

  • Provides opportunities to engage local business leaders as mentors and judges

MAKE AN IMPAC T

What is the pitch?

The pitch succinctly and enthusiastically explains your idea. It should spark interest, be brief, persuasive and memorable. Takeaways are the uniqueness and/or advantages of your idea.

Pitch activity teaches kids critical workforce readiness skills and helps develop a mindset for 21st century careers whether or not they become an entrepreneur.

Hard and Soft Skills Gained

  • Creative Problem Solving

  • Succinct Expression of Ideas

  • Persuasive Speaking

  • Presentation Skills

  • Self Confidence

  • Critical Thinking

  • Strategic Thinking

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Taking Ownership of One’s Life

GIVE BACK

Whats your big idea?

The Young Entrepreneurs of the RGV Challenge is underway for high school students interested in developing an innovative business idea for potential prize money.  

Target Participants – 9st thru 12st grade students enrolled in Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs of study

Challenge – Generate business ideas aligned with the teams’ or individuals’ CTE training program(s)

Support – Successful RGV entrepreneurs and college instructors will serve as mentors for teams progressing to the finals

Individual Benefit – Develop leadership, teamwork, communication skills, critical thinking and soft skills necessary for success

Register for the kick-off event scheduled for January 21st. The Seminar will provide detailed information on the Entrepreneurship Challenge, including rubrics for the Pitch Video. A team member, educator and/or student(s) must attend the seminar to receive instructions for this year’s initiative. Register for seminar by January 15st.

CASH PRIZES
1st PLACE
$1,500
1st PLACE
$1,500
1st PLACE
$1,500
1st PLACE
$1,500

ACT NOW

MENTORS

ANABEL CARDONA
ANABEL CARDONAPresident/CEO
Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies
JAMES ENRIQUEZ
JAMES ENRIQUEZFinancial Advisor
Ameriprise Financial
JOSH MEJIA
JOSH MEJIAExecutive Director
Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation
RAFAEL MUNGUIA
RAFAEL MUNGUIAOwner
Munguia Enterprises
Vice Charman, RGV Angel Network

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