July 12, 2018

Career Preparation Center Students Travel to NYC to Compete in Startup Competition

Students from the Business Academy program, a course offered by the Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center in partnership with Davenport University, traveled to New York in May to compete against 64 other student entrepreneurs to win scholarship dollars and business start-up prize packages.

Students enrolled in the Business Academy have the opportunity to participate in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy or YEA! Program through the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. YEA! invites students from across the U.S. to compete in the finals, which is held at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY each year.

On May 2, Madalyn Stewart from Charlotte High School, Jon Maag and Colten Webber from Lakewood High School represented their business, Cone Chips and Emily Newborn from Eaton Rapids High School who is part of the Animal Science & Zoo Management program, and represented her business, Emily’s Farm traveled with Marcee Theisen, Student Service Coordinator for Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center to compete. In addition to the competition, students participated in workshops and networked with other students and entrepreneurs. Emily Newborn was one of only six businesses to be a semi-finalist in the competition.

This program was created by entrepreneur and philanthropist E. Philip Saunders who has provided the Young Entrepreneurs Academy a ten-year, transformational gift to support young entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators and provide opportunities to earn significant college scholarship awards. “These students had an opportunity of a lifetime to further their businesses,” said Marcee Theisen. “They left feeling inspired and energized with new ideas to help create profitable businesses. Congratulations to all competitors and your accomplishments!”

Cone Chips is a revolutionary new product competing with traditional ice-cream cones and offers a new innovative way to eat ice-cream by creating the perfect ratio of chip to cone in every bite. Emily’s Farm raises organic grain-fed chickens as well as processing other grain-fed organic meats. They are freeze dried and available for sale.