ABOVE: Summit High School student Ally Losey, left, explains her Singulier Clothing Company idea Nov. 14 during the High School Entrepreneurship Fair in the Student Union Ballroom as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at MTSU. Losey won first place overall at the fair, which allowed high school students to showcase their business plans and ideas with displays and presentations. // (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
Summit High School student Ally Losey took top honors in the Middle Tennessee State University Global Entrepreneurship Week high school competition for her business idea for the Singulier Clothing Company.
Second place went to Luke Olson and Trajan Parkes of Franklin High School for their UV Clean idea. Central Magnet School‘s Jacob Brown and Marissa McDermaid for won third place for their pitch for Unified Central Investment Firm.
Global Entrepreneurship Week featured advice and insights on entrepreneurship — from the importance of networking to succession plans to following their passions — from an enthusiastic lineup of guest speakers.
The Department of Management and the Pam Wright Chair of Entrepreneurship in the MTSU Jones College of Business hosted the Nov. 12-15 event for MTSU students, which also included the fourth annual Entrepreneurship Fair for close to 150 area high school students.
Participating high schools included Central Magnet School, Holloway High, Middle Tennessee Christian School and Siegel High in Murfreesboro; Summit High and Franklin High in Williamson County; Columbia Central High, Mt. Pleasant High and Santa Fe School in Maury County.
Jessica Supakhan, a business education teacher at Holloway High School in Murfreesboro, said her school has participated at the fair since its inception. She was thrilled to watch as her student, senior Netecia Gooden, receive a plaque as the Social Enterprise Award winner for her business idea, Back on My Feet, which involved a social rehabilitation program for people who were previously homeless.
“It’s good to have that adult interaction,” Supakhan said of the fair. “Most of the time they only get that during a job interview, so this is not only building their confidence, but exposing them to professionals, networking, and getting their ideas out there. They can see that other young people are building businesses … and it is possible to do that.”
Keynote speaker Dennis Phillips II, a mortgage lender for iServe Residential Lending’s Murfreesboro location, said he’s spent a good portion of his professional life on coaching people how to find their destined career path.
“They need to understand the mindset behind winning,” Phillips said of the high school and MTSU students in attendance. “There’s a mindset that can cause you to win … I want them to find out who they are, I want them to find out what they’re passionate about. And they can use their career to change their community, to change their town.
“They can use this as a platform to change the world around them.”
A video recap can be seen at https://youtu.be/yi3l1fzKisg.
To learn more about MTSU’s entrepreneurship program within the Department of Management, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/programs/entrepreneurship/.