Around the Network

A curated list of articles, news stories, and perspectives from entrepreneurs we think you might find interesting from around the WBENC network. This week we focus on updates from the 2016 WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program (SEP)!

Want to know more about one of the leading programs for developing the next generation of women business leaders? Read the coverage of the SEP program at the 2016 National Conference & Business Fair in the August issue of the President’s Report.

A Super Summer for SEP Participants—and Their Mentors

Several participants had amazing opportunities and relationships develop out of the Class of 2016 WBENC SEP:

  • The Florida A&M University news station covered participant Mariah Henry’s entrepreneur journey, including how she met her mentor, Allstate’s Cheryl Harris, through WBENC SEP. Read more.
  • Aerospace engineer and PhD student Dhuree Seth called her attendance at WBENC SEP a “privilege,” which helped her focus on making her dreams of a satellite company a reality. She also credits her mentors at Raytheon and Banneker Industries with helping inspire her. Read more.

In late August, Justine Y. Avoudikpon wrote WBENC with news regarding her experience at the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR) Summit and her mentor at Avis Budget Group.

From my experience with the WBENC Student Entrepreneurship Program and being matched with Lynn Boccio from Avis Budget Group as my business mentor, I was able to attend the Billion Dollar Roundtable Summit in Atlanta as Avis Budget Group’s guest.

Lynn was able to get me special permission to attend the summit. I was able to pitch SWIFTE to the board of directors of the BDR, as no other student has ever had this, and received positive feedback from companies such [as] Microsoft and GM.

Thanks [to] WBENC’s great student entrepreneurial program and my mentorship, I had an excellent experience at the BDR Summit. This opportunity would have not have been possible for me and my start-up without the WBENC student entrepreneurship program and amazing sponsors such as Avis Budget Group.
— Justine Y. Avoudikpon, SWIFTE LLC

And the Pitch Goes On and On

  • Although Eunice N. Cofie and her company Nuekie did not advance in the finals at the WBENC SEP Pitch Competition, a few weeks later, she won the regional Miller Lite Tap the Future Awards in Miami and she headed to the finals. Read more.
  • Want to know who walked away winners from the WBENC SEP Pitch Competition? Read these winning profiles:

o   First Place: Ya-El Mandel-Portnoy

o   Second Place: Mona Amin

o   Third Place: Emily Bocchino


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Posted on September 9, 2016 and filed under Around the Network.