Introductions, ice breakers, team
formation and ideation introduction
Finalize Business Ideas
Review Marketing Options
Learning To Pitch
Finalizing The Pitch Deck
Final Presentation Dry Run
Students worked together to create a business from start to finish
Students pitched these businesses to professional mentors and competed for first place
More than $550 distributed to participants in rewards and incentives
Students leave camp with a finished product, ready to be showcased in a college application or job interview
All students reported a dramatic increase in their understanding of and their comfort with entrepreneurial ideas and processes after the camp
Kristin Taylor, Jesus Becerra, and Chris Burger
Diana Partlow, Renee Leak, and Andrew Ladd
Abhy, Suhas, Sanjitha, Usha, Latha, and Mariel
SVP, Head of Digital Innovation, LPL Financial
“Uma is an Innovation Technology Executive with over 20 years of experience in the Financial services industry where she accelerates business value with the use of emerging technology.
Uma’s extensive research in financial technologies such as digital payments, biometrics, augmented reality, and Internet of Things (IoT) has resulted in over 35 issued US patents to her name.
Uma is a Founding LP in Neythri Futures Fund and Founding circle member in Neythri, an organization that promotes south asian women. Being a strong believer of child literacy and education Uma is delighted to assist Shooting Stars Foundation eradicate generational poverty through STEM education.”
Program Manager at NVIDIA
“Kevin has over 10 years experience in leadership roles in the Finance and Technology sectors. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Kevin taught at University of California, Berkeley and helped the school transition from in-person learning to online learning.
Kevin is passionate about learning, teaching, and fostering innovation from future generations. Having witnessed first-hand the positive impact education can have on his students’ career prospects, Kevin is excited to contribute to Shooting Stars Foundation and its mission to break the cycle of poverty through STEM education. “
President, Security Solutions at Neustar, Inc.
“High-energy business leader with passion for driving growth in organizations and cyber security technologies – and education foundations!
SSF’s founder and mission are rooted in empowering others to take control to improve their future. STEM education is a proven and scalable path to break generational poverty.”
Regional Director with the Global Services Department for Cognia,
“Dawna L. Taylor is the Regional Director with the Global Services Department for Cognia, the largest School Improvement organization globally. Before joining Cognia, Ms. Taylor served as the Assistant Vice President of K-12 programs for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She also led, designed, and oversaw an out-of-school STEM program for middle and high school students in Baltimore, MD, and Vicksburg, MS. She has been an elementary teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, and principal in traditional public schools and charter schools.
Ms. Taylor served as Director of Blended Learning Programs for one of the nation’s largest public cyber schools. Her professional expertise is in developing, managing, and consulting for charter schools and STEM Outreach programs across the country. Ms. Taylor has a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida A&M University in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Supervision, and Administration from Jones International University. She is the proud mother of two adult children, Raleigh and Morgan.”