Earlier this month, Future Founders wrapped up the 2022 Be Your Own Boss Virtual Internship Program – Powered by Fetch Rewards.
A fun, interactive, paid learning experience, the Be Your Own Boss Virtual Internship gives high school students from across Chicago the skills they need to take control of their future and succeed in the 21st Century. This particular cohort had the extra special experience of being supported by Fetch Rewards, the nation’s leading rewards app, and one of the fastest growing startups of the last decade.
Fetch Rewards hooked students up with some seriously sweet SWAG!
Our largest and most competitive cohort to date, students from 27 different high schools joined us for nearly three weeks to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. These students were supported by 24 volunteers from the Fetch Rewards team, including Founder and CEO Wes Schroll. Wes joined the program on February 22 to share his founder story, and to answer questions from our students.
Fetch Rewards Founder & CEO Wes Schroll participates in an exclusive Q&A session with our students
“I met some amazing Future Founders in this session…their drive, confidence, focus on making the world better and willingness to learn gives me so much hope for what our world will be shaped to in their hands,” said Schroll. “Grateful I could share some of the ups and downs I have had in my journey to help them not make the same mistakes and go make that future happen faster!”
Our students rated this exclusive Q&A as one of the most memorable parts of the entire internship. Most pointed out that the media tends to glamorize entrepreneurship, making it hard to understand all the challenges that go on behind the scenes. As intern Andrea explained:
After receiving their crash course in entrepreneurship, students were paired up with their peers and tasked with building a business idea from scratch. These startup concepts were ultimately turned into a pitch, and presented to a panel of judges at the end of the program.
After careful deliberation, our judges declared one team the winner, and awarded each team member a $250 cash prize. Friends and family of the student interns were also able to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award, with members of the winning team walking away with brand new tablet computers. For the first time in Be Your Own Boss history, two teams tied for the People’s Choice Award! As a result, Future Founders and Fetch Rewards presented members of both these teams with a tablet.
“The inspiration and support provided by the Fetch Rewards team made a tremendous difference in the lives of these young entrepreneurs,” said Scott Issen, President and CEO, Future Founders. “Our collaboration with Fetch Rewards has become a new model for how we hope to engage outside partners.”
Future Founders would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the entire team at Fetch Rewards who made the Be Your Own Boss program possible, including:
If you’re curious to know more about the prize-winning ideas from this year’s pitch event, read on for the full list of winning teams from the 2022 Be Your Own Boss Internship – Powered by Fetch Rewards:
Baby Steps A subscription box service to help new mothers ease into parenthood and practice self-care.
A mockup of the Baby Steps website
EnviSearch An internet extension to help shoppers make eco-conscious decisions on all of their online purchases.
A clip from EnviSearch’s prize-winning pitch video!
Questure An online marketplace designed for visitors to reconnect with their own culture and learn about other communities around the globe through cultural appreciation.
Simone Roberts demos her team’s app, Questure!
Be Your Own Boss will return soon with new cohorts. If you or someone you know might be interested in participating, be sure to join the waitlist by visiting our program page.
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