Sunrise, FL Students Receive SURPRISE $10K Grant to Compete in Business Summit

Unbeknownst to the Virtual Enterprises (VE) students at Piper High School, who participated in VE’s Southern Region Competition at Nova Southeastern University last week, VE awarded them a $10,000 grant to cover their travel expenses to the Youth Business Summit (YBS), one of the most prestigious virtual business events in the nation. A photo of the students’ surprised reaction is attached to this email.

The YBS is VE’s annual dynamic week of business competitions, leadership activities, and a business showcase that will bring budding entrepreneurs from the U.S. and abroad together for a one-of-a-kind global business convention at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, April 17 – 19.

The students’ award stems from their accomplishments in creating In’digo, a simulated company they have been operating from their classroom since September 2022.

The generous donation was provided by the HSBC Opportunity Fund, a grant created to help defray the cost of YBS travel and expenses for students. HSBC Bank USA also sponsors the YBS and has supported VE for over 25 years with generous funding and countless hours of volunteer support pairing financial professionals directly with students in the classroom. 

I wanted to determine your interest in this photo and/or speaking with the students directly next week. I’ll call shortly to follow-up. 

Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) is an educational nonprofit that provides students with the opportunity to create and run a simulated business while test-driving potential careers and developing in-demand skills and competencies sought by employers. By managing a company, students not only develop business skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, but also identify career pathways that align with their interests, talents, and aspirations. The program has served over 200K students.

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