By Kate Santich
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This week a dozen middle- and high-school students, graduated from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy — an intense, nine-month course taught through the Orlando Science Center. The Academy helps nurture future women in business like 13 yr old Camryn Brown who has already created an oil-infused “Shower Powder” — that is selling in two boutiques!
Successful entrepreneurs will tell you inspiration can strike anywhere. For 13-year-old Camryn Brown of Orlando, it happened on her way home from the mall.
She had just spent $8 on a bath bomb — a small, scented globe that dissolves in bath water. “I was, like, ‘Wait, I don’t even have time to use this,'” she says. “I wanted to come up with something I could use in a quick morning shower.”
It may sound ambitious for an eighth grader, but Brown isn’t unique. She and a dozen of her peers, all middle- and high-school students, graduated this week from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy — an intense, nine-month course taught through the Orlando Science Center that helps nurture a generation of self-made business innovators.
Some of the kids already have business cards. They talk product lines and spin-offs. They set price points and launch dates and polish their elevator speeches — the succinct pitch that lasts only as long as an elevator ride. And it’s not pretend: Many leave as CEOs of their own legally registered company or social enterprise, ready for the real world.
“What these students are actually doing is amazing,” says Nicole Rivera, a science center education specialist who leads the academy, which just finished its second year. “Starting a business is complicated, but these students have impressed every CEO they’ve encountered.”