The 2021 Girl's Entrepreneurship Summit inspires young women to become entrepreneurs by taking their business ideas and making them a reality.
The 2021 Pi515 Girls Entrepreneurship Summit inspired young women to become entrepreneurs by taking their business ideas and making them a reality. At Pi515 we believe students succeed with opportunity, and we wanted to provide support and mentorship to young women ages 11-22 years old to take their business ideas and make them a reality. The virtual summit took place over six weeks and featured many talented speakers and mentors including:
This talented group of people took our young women from the brainstorming and idea stage to completing a final business pitch to compete for funding for their ventures. Thanks to our generous sponsors Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Royal Neighbors of America, The John Pappajohn Centers and John Pappajohn we were able to award funding directly to our young entrepreneurs. We are so excited to continue to follow them on their journeys and see where their businesses take them!
Checkout a little bit about each of our entrepreneurs below:
Jade Nettrour is a senior in high school and has already designed an early prototype of new Christmas tree lights to make the annual decorating process easier — and more cat-friendly — for her family and their five felines. Nettrour’s demonstration earned her second place in a student “Shark Tank” pitch competition in 2020, and she’s now exploring patent options.
The success of Bread by Chelsa B is not only a culmination of Smith's previous work experience in online sales or the influence of her social circle of entrepreneurs, she said:
DES MOINES, Iowa—Computer jargon is not for the faint of heart, but Dieudonne Samuel follows the lesson with ease, typing a series of brackets and letters that somehow translate into a newly created website. This process of breaking down the page to its core components makes sense to him. He used to take apart electronics to see how they were put together, a baffling curiosity and mastery for a boy who just a decade ago lived in a refugee camp in Mozambique.