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July 29, 2014

Summer Camp at Bowie State Provides Seed Money for Top Business Plans

MEDIA CONTACT: Damita Chambers, dchambers@bowiestate.edu, 301-832-2628 mobile

Werzinsky-Business Plan Winner

(Bowie, Md.) – July 29, 2014 – Jacob Werzinsky plans to launch a business offering individualized tutoring for youth using technology in fall 2014 – just as he starts the 10th grade at Bishop McNamara High School.

He was one of 14 local teens who created plans for businesses they can start today and competed for seed money during the two-week NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) Summer BizCamp, hosted by Bowie State University’s College of Business. The high school students learned the basics of crafting business plans and developed their ideas during the camp. The judges were local entrepreneurs, corporate and nonprofit executives, and college professors.

Werzinsky took the first-place prize of $1,000 for the plan for his business, Tutoring Young Minds. “My company will offer one-on-one quality tutoring using technology to help kids know they can become whatever they want in the future,” he said. The second-place winner of $750 was Unique Johnson from Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School. Jaizani Wilson from Annapolis High School took third place winning $500.

Dr. Minnette Bumpus, executive director of the BSU Entrepreneurship Academy and lecturer of management, marketing and public administration, served as the BSU camp coordinator. She said that the program and competition not only gave the students hands-on learning experiences, but also encouragement to consider Bowie State when applying for college.

“The College of Business hopes that the competition will facilitate a pipeline of students who will eventually enroll at Bowie State and participate in the BSU Entrepreneurship Academy, which was launched last fall,” she said.

The Citi Foundation provided a three-year, $50 million investment in NFTE to fund 18 BizCamps for youth in 10 communities across the country. The grant covered all of the materials, seed money, meals, and cost of the NFTE instructors. The BSU College of Business provided the facilities, computers, and judges.

The competition runner-up honorees are:
•    Tyra Rodgers, Academy of Health Sciences and Prince George’s Community College
•    Taylor Jackson, Crossland High School
•    Christopher Anderson, St. Vincent Pallotti High School

NFTE Summer BizCamp Students

The other BizCamp participants are:
•    Taylor Ballard, Bowie High School
•    Kylah Cheeves, Gwynn Park High School
•    Catherine Clark, Grace Brethren Christian School
•    Shakir Mustafa, Meade High School
•    Dana Neufuille, Montgomery Blair High School
•    Charli Parker, Suitland High School
•    Naomi Tyson, Laurel High School
•    Lezli Young, Grace Brethren Christian School

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