Next Generation Entrepreneurs
On May 30, 2012 FairWarning® and the Pinellas Education Foundation, Pinellas County Florida, announced a program titled "Next Generation Entrepreneurs". Next Generation Entrepreneurs was designed collaboratively by FairWarning® and the Pinellas Education Foundation to identify, encourage and educate high school students in the skills required to create their own businesses. Innovation and creativity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will be emphasized.
Specifically, a year-long business plan competition was announced involving students from grades 10 and 11 who will be promoted within the Pinellas County School System. This includes business plan training and creativity workshops as well as mentoring for the winning teams. FairWarning® is sponsoring a $10,000 cash award to the winning team that will be used to start a real business.
On February 7, 2013, ten semifinalists of Next Generation Entrepreneurs presented their business ideas in front of a panel of judges. On March 20, the 2012-2013 Next Generation Entrepreneurs award was presented to No Excuse Fitness and Joe Sleppy.
Next Generation Entrepreneurs is the first program of its kind specifically designed to inspire high school students to develop the skills and perspective required to start their own businesses and create high-value jobs. While there has been a great deal of emphasis on job skills and career development by federal, state and municipal education programs, there has been little done to actually inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs who will create jobs through innovation in the application of science, technology, engineering and math. Next Generation Entrepreneurs fills that void by taking a grassroots approach in cultivating our largest asset, young people.
Ignite Tampa Bay
On April 25, 2013, 32 keynote speakers participated in Ignite! Tampa Bay at the Tampa Theatre. Each speaker had 5 minutes to present his/her vision for the future of Tampa Bay. Topics ranged from pushing Tampa Bay's come-from-behind need for mass transit to FairWarning's CEO Kurt Long discussing Next Generation Entrepreneurs. The program featured a group of high school students vying for the "Next Generation Entrepreneur" award that Mr. Long helps back with a $10,000 prize. "The future of Tampa Bay will depend on young entrepreneurs," Long stressed. Click here to read more or visit us on Facebook to view photos of the event.
2012 Inaugural Tampa Bay Entrepreneurship Gala
FairWarning® is a Gold Level sponsor of the 2012 Inaugural Tampa Bay Entrepreneurship Gala, which benefits the Michael W. Fountain Scholarship Fund and celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurship, recognizing some of Tampa Bay's finest business leaders. Each year, a select member of the community is presented with the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award. A portion of this year's proceeds will go towards funding the business leaders of tomorrow.
Tampa General Hospital
FairWarning® was recently thanked by Tampa General Hospital for its generosity to the Tampa Bay community. By donating to the Tampa General Hospital Foundation's 21st Annual "Night at the Circus", FairWarning® contributed to the donation of 1,200 tickets so that children who would normally be unable to attend had a chance to experience the thrill of seeing "The Greatest Show on Earth®.
FairWarning® was listed as a Silver High-Flyer Sponsor for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey® Circus event, which was held on January 5, 2012 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Proceeds of the event sponsorships also went towards TGH's Children's Medical Center.
Alison W. Matherly
Senior Public Relations & Media Specialist