LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Three teams of Clark County student entrepreneurs earned the opportunity to pitch their business ideas at CES 2018® – owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – Jan. 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The teenagers are part of the CTA Future Innovators program – established by CTA and EVERFI in 2015 – which teaches students how to apply math and creative skills to think entrepreneurially about business.
During yesterday’s semi-final round, 17 teams of students pitched their business plans to four judges: Cindy Hoag, senior director, CTA; Helena Lagos, director, Rebel Venture Fund; Joshua Leavitt, vice president, Society of Information Management; Yin Nawaday, founder & CEO, Icebox Consulting Group. The teams advancing to the final round at CES are:
- Conditional Cubes from Cimarron-Memorial High
- Estavillo-Lisama from Northwestern Career and Technical Academy
- Addendum LLC from Southwestern Career and Technical Academy
“CTA is committed to building the next generation of entrepreneurs, and the CTA Future Innovators program is a great way to get today’s students thinking outside the box,” said Jennifer Taylor, vice president, U.S. Jobs, CTA. “Learning how to start a new business helps teenagers apply unconventional talents and skills to a business idea, encouraging them to think critically and solve real-world challenges. Las Vegas is our second home, and we’re thrilled to provide local students with the foundational skills they need to become future technology leaders in Nevada and beyond.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Clark County students to present their business ideas to expert judges ahead of CES,” said Snehal Bhakta, education project facilitator, Clark County School District Career & Technology. “These students are definitely on the right path to be leading innovators and problem-solvers for the Nevada workforce.”
All participating students successfully completed the CTA Future Innovators program that included an interactive digital learning course called Venture - Entrepreneurial Expedition™, powered by EVERFI. The student pitches are designed to focus on practical ideas that can be implemented locally to solve pressing issues for the county and state.
“CTA is a perfect partner for this student pitch competition, as we both inspire and cultivate the next generation of future leaders,” said Jon Chapman, president of global partnerships, EVERFI. “We are proud to provide students with the opportunity to put the creative and entrepreneurial skills they’ve learned through Venture to tangible use right here in the Las Vegas community and before the world’s leading tech innovators in January.”
The Conditional Cube team was represented by students Aspen Anderson, Morgan Hershey, Ajaya Branch and their teacher Jennifer Miller. Estavillo-Lisama was represented by students Cherese Lisama, Jaslin Estavillo and their teacher Denise Cale. Addendum LLC was composed of students Anish Chejerla, Ishaan Raja and their teacher Katherine Burns. These participants will present their business plans at CES on Jan. 12, 2018.
High-definition video b-roll from CES is available for easy download on CESbroll.com. See exclusive photos from the CES show floor, keynotes, conference sessions, events and award ceremonies in the CES photo gallery.
CES® is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years-the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.
About Consumer Technology Association:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $321 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.
EVERFI is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning including topics like Financial Education, Digital Citizenship, STEM Career Readiness, Diversity and Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Social and Emotional Learning, Character Education, Health and Wellness and Corporate Compliance. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 18 million learners in critical skill areas. Some of America's leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, The Rise Fund, Advance Publications, and Rethink Education, and Rethink Impact. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 4,200 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada. Learn more at EVERFI.com
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