In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Georgia educators worked tirelessly to develop an experience for students, budding entrepreneurs, and the community by providing a free virtual week-long conference, GEW Thrive, complete with incredible speakers, a youth panel, and pitch competition. Aspiring entrepreneurs, including several students from the Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Atlanta area were given five minutes to pitch their business ideas.
Reach and Teach had the chance to catch up with two student participants, Jazmyne Fleurelus, age 16, and Anton Traverso, age 18. Jazmyne is a junior at Collins High School where she studies entrepreneurship and participates in YE (Youth Entrepreneurs). She discovered her love of baking when she was only 9 years old after baking her mother a birthday cake. That passion motivated her desire to start her own baking business, Jazzy Bakes. You can find her creations on Instagram @_jazzybakes_.
Jazmyne said her mother is her inspiration and “she supports me a lot.”
South Gwinnett High School graduate, Anton Traverso won the pitch with New Art, a creative artist management business that thrives on networking and collaborations. Anton began the business while still in high school and is most excited about the professional mentorship opportunities that come with the pitch competition win. When asked about advice for other student entrepreneurs, both students said to “just go out and do it.” Although it may be a lot of work and learning from mistakes, eventually your hard work will pay off.
Congratulations to the team of Georgia educators and entrepreneurs who put together such an incredible virtual event for students and the community. If your school district, fellow educators, or students are achieving big goals, let us know by emailing your spotlight story to firstname.lastname@example.org.