KIPP DC student-entrepreneurs awarded free trip to NYC to compete at Youth Business Summit

By David Beardsley

WASHINGTON — You’ve heard the quote: Teamwork makes the dream work.

Thanks to teamwork that is both inspired and inspiring, some student-entrepreneurs from D.C. are closer to achieving more of their dreams.

A group of students from KIPP DC College Preparatory High School has been awarded a trip to New York City, all expenses paid. They’ll have the chance to showcase a virtual business they created, one they’ve been running from their classroom.

The students are enrolled in KIPP’s Virtual Enterprises program. As part of their studies, they created a virtual business called Generational Laces, which sells one-of-a-kind shoelaces.

Think: unique designs, customizable creations. Slogan: Every great shoe deserves an even better pair of laces.

The students entered their business plan in regional competitions, at which they pitched their ideas to judges. A big goal was to qualify for the national competition at the Youth Business Summit later this year in New York.

Now, they’ve achieved that goal. What’s more, they’ve just been awarded a grant that will pay for all of their expenses, made possible by the HSBC Opportunity Fund.

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