IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last November, Future Founders concluded the final Be Your Own Boss cohort of 2022, and we are thrilled to announce that
Be Your Own Boss is a multi-week paid internship that gives high school students the opportunity to explore the startup ecosystem, network with professional entrepreneurs, and build community with peers from all different backgrounds. This cohort of 33 students, representing 20+ high schools across Chicago, had the extraordinary opportunity to learn entrepreneurship firsthand and compete to win money for college thanks to the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund.
The students came together for three weeks to explore the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, ultimately collaborating to develop and pitch their original business ideas to a panel of esteemed judges. After deliberation, the judges declared one team the overall winner for best pitch and awarded them each a share of $12,500 in scholarships provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund. Friends, family, and community members also voted on the People’s Choice Award-winning team, who each earned an additional $100 as part of their stipend.
“[The Be Your Own Boss program] gave me an insight into who is behind many businesses and really showed me that people from all walks of life can do something big.”
– Jamari Walton, Perspectives Joslin High School
Future Founders would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Ford Motor Company Fund, as well as to the amazing set of volunteers who made this program possible, including:
*denotes present Future Founders Fellow and/or program alumni
If you’d like to know more about the prize-winning ideas from this year’s pitch competition, read on for the full list:
Trans Projection – a startup focused on making public transit screens more accurate and accessible
For winning the pitch competition, these students received a share of $12,500 in college scholarships from the Ford Motor Company Fund. These funds will be available to students upon graduating from high school.
Umbrella Tron – a backpack with a built in umbrella for an all-in-one device on the go.
People’s Choice Award Winners received an extra $100 as part of their stipend.
The next cohorts of Be Your Own Boss will run from Monday, February 20 – Wednesday, March 15 and Tuesday, April 18 – Thursday, May 11, 2023. For more information or to apply, visit our program page.
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