PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — In a test of their newfound business acumen, two dozen Providence-area high school students commanded the Liz Lange Lecture Hall at Brown’s Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship on a mid-November evening. Their charge? To pitch their ideas for a successful startup venture to a room of more than 100 members of the Brown and Providence communities — from parents and family members to peers, teachers, college students, industry experts and veteran entrepreneurs.
The culminating Pitch Night event celebrated the newest student cohort to complete the Young Entrepreneurs of Providence program. The semester-long after-school program teaches local teens the fundamentals of entrepreneurship — from identifying problems to solve, to design thinking and research methods, to business models, fundraising and branding. Created and led by Brown undergraduates and supported by the Nelson Center, the bi-annual incubator empowers local high schoolers to develop and test their own pursuits.