Young entrepreneurs from the South-East enter the national presentation competition

Students share $4,500 in prize money

Miami, FL, June 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Imagine participating in a Shark Tank-style pitch-off as a youngster, earning funds to grow your business and grow from a regional competition into a national arena.

The winners of the Network for Entrepreneurship Education (NFTE) South East Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge finals will do just that by taking their business ideas to New York City in mid- October to compete for the National Championship title and prizes from an $18,000 pool.

Jocelyn Johnsonwho assists Palm Beach Gardens High School, won first place for his company The Beehive, which provides consumers with accurate allergen and diet information from their favorite restaurants. She will receive $1,000 as well as the $1,000 EY Entrepreneur of the Year grant.

The other finalists, listed below, will receive $500 each. All competitors will continue to Nationals.

  • Jazmine Jenkins – Jazz Movies, Coral Reef High School, Miami Dade County

  • Darian Miroshnik, Roman Savko and Leon Grigoruk – Peers, Flagler Palm Coast High School, Flagler County

  • Nyael Jones – More to Give, MacArthur High School, Broward County

    • More to Give is a website that connects people to charities and amplifies awareness of global challenges. More to Give aims to shine a light on small organizations, while guiding individuals on the path to positive contribution.

  • Ralph Suguene and Giselle Juarez — Youth.IO, Cypress Creek High School, Orange County

  • Lorena Vazquez – Nori Forest, Miami Lakes Educational Center, Miami Dade County

    • No Forest is an organization entirely focused on initiating projects that will clean the environment of planet-killing pollutants. Nori Forest hopes to start projects with Moon Shell, one of Nori Forest’s machines, to help clean up the ocean and help reduce plastic pollution everywhere. With the collected trash, Nori Forest will convert the trash into everyday items like bracelets, bottles, necklaces, etc.

“Young people are changing the world, there is no doubt about it. We are very proud of each student and their commitment to entrepreneurship,” said Dr. JD LaRock, CEO of NFTE. “The innovative idea of ​​each young entrepreneur represents an opportunity to address key challenges facing communities around the world. We activate youth entrepreneurship, which is essential to the growth of businesses, economies and communities. »

Two other NFTE South East students will also be pitching their businesses at the Nationals. They are:

  • Daniela Alvarez – Dr. Kiran Patel High School, Tampa, Florida

    • helps future plant owners learn the responsibilities of caring for a plant, with reminders on watering and feeding, and information on the health benefits of plants.

  • Joella Alexander – Stone Mountain High School, DeKalb County, Georgia

    • Latin Flavors Co. offers convenient, affordable, and delicious Hispanic fare with food trucks throughout the Tampa Bay area, as well as restaurant services and take-out meals.

The competition was held May 13 at the Alan B. Levan Center for Innovation at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, with a panel of expert judges, including:

  • Alain Alvarez, Miami Bayside Foundation

  • Steven J. Davis, EY

  • Amanda Gorsky, The Children’s Trust

  • Anthony Hazen, Link logistics

The NFTE Southeast Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge was presented by EY with the exclusive support of the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at NSU Florida, and the associated support of the Citi Foundation, Mary Kay, Inc., MONAT Gratitude, Royal Caribbean, Santander and Zuora.

About the NFTE

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a global non-profit organization that provides high-quality entrepreneurial education to middle and high school students from disadvantaged communities, as well as programs for students and adults. NFTE reaches more than 50,000 students each year in 25 states across the United States and offers programs in 18 additional countries. We have educated more than one million students through in-school, after-school, college and summer camp programs, delivered in-person and online. To learn more about how we promote inclusive capitalism and build the next generation of diverse entrepreneurs, visit


CONTACT: Denise Berkhalter, APR Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) (212) 232-3333 Joanne Lessner Lambert (212) 222-7436

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