Thank you all so much for attending!
The Investor Panel is the highlight of our YEA! year and it has finally arrived! Our YEA! girls had an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of business leaders with the possibility of receiving startup funding for their businesses, and our 13 students succeeded in flying colors!
We had an amazing evening and are endlessly grateful to all that joined us! For those that couldn’t attend, we will release professional videography from the evening on YouTube. Even if you couldn’t join this year, you will be able to see each girl pitch their business idea with the possibility to tap into a $15K + pool of seed funding.
While the panelists deliberated to determine the seed funding amounts and the winner competing at the YEA! National Saunders Competition, the viewer’s choice award was voted on by all the guests.
2023 YEA! Rewards
In First Place, Mikayla Clark and her business Kulture Snacks were awarded $3,000.00 and she will be going to nationals for the YEA! National Saunders Competition.
In second place, Giulianna Garcia and her business Oasis Jewelry were awarded $2,000.00
Jordyn Feliciano and her business Jor More Slime were awarded $1,000.00, and she will be receiving an order for Female Strong camps.
Maya Depies and her business Cosmic Beauty were awarded $750.00, and she also was awarded an NSLC Ivy League summer camp scholarship.
Maya Depies and her business Elixir were awarded $750.00, and she also was awarded an NSLC Ivy League summer camp scholarship.
Kendall Luellen and her business Family Report Card Game were awarded $750.00, and she will be receiving an order for 25 Family Report Card Games.
Elizabeth Grace Sharp
Elizabeth Grace Sharp and her business A Piece of Grace were awarded $500.00, and she will be receiving a $400 cookie order for Female Strong camps.
Morgan Tillis and her business Creative Coverings were awarded $500.00, and she will be receiving a $956.14 T-shirt order for Female Strong camps.
Maria Teer and her business Maria’s Kindness Rocks were awarded $300.00.
Kyla Young-Betts and her business K.M.Y. Styles were awarded $300.00.
Kennedi Fennessee and her business Arcadian Room Designs were awarded $300.00.
Izzy L’Erario and her business Community Books Chicago were awarded $300.00.
Evelyn Basken and her business Chicago Runners were awarded $300.00.
Thank you to those who attended this event, we couldn’t do it without you!
We have an incredible community here at Female Strong, and we’re grateful for all of the support you’ve given us. We hope those of you who attended our Investor Panel were inspired by our YEA! Entrepreneur Girls and the panel of business leader Sharks. View the event photo album and add your pictures here.
If you want to stay involved in our mission, we encourage you to nominate a middle or high school girl for the Entrepreneur Girls program here. Reach out to Program Manager Sarah Sleevi at Sarah@femalestrong.org to discuss guest speaker, field trip host, and business mentor opportunities.