“I’m starting a company that will help women of all ages find themselves and learn that they can be exactly who they want to be if they put their hearts and minds to it…You have no idea how much of an impact you have on others.”
– Jasmine Andrews, Class of 2016, Thomas Jefferson High School, Tampa, FL
Many of you had the privilege of hearing Jasmine’s story at the 2016 Gala. Our students’ stories are just beginning when they graduate from high school. To hear that Jasmine is taking the next steps in the journey she began in the Virtual Enterprises program by attending college (the first in her family) and launching her own company is heart-warming proof of why we do the work we do.
At our 2017 Gala, we want to help students like Jasmine take their business ideas to the next level while in college with the VE Venture Fund. Supporters are always asking us, “How can we help students turn their business ideas into reality?” This is that opportunity.
The budding entrepreneurs competing in the VE Venture Challenge launched at our April 5, 2017 Gala will need the help of startup resources like seed capital and an incubator. We can kickstart their journey by raising $10,000 to use as prize money for student business pitches that will be judged by a panel of leading entrepreneurs and VE supporters at the 2017 Gala. If only 100 people donate right now, we’re already halfway to our fundraising goal.
You know the lasting impact that running a virtual business has on students in the VE program. One in four VE students are interested in starting their own business during their college years. We ask you to help us give deserving students like Jasmine the chance to start the next great business.