Kidpreneurs will take center stage Saturday

June 4, 2019

Kidpreneurs will take center stage at a bonus partner event that will close out this week’s Techstars Startup Week Dayton schedule — the Kidpreneur Summit & Business Fair, hosted by the National Association of Kidpreneurs.

The Kidpreneur Summit will kick off at noon, Saturday, June 8, at The Entrepreneurs Center, located at 714 E. Monument Ave., Dayton.

Bring your kids to meet and mingle with these featured speakers & panelists:

• Amara Leggett — Amara Leggett is motivational speaker, coach and author of “The Strategic Mind of a Young Legend.” Amara graduated from college at age 16. She has been featured in The Root, The Columbus Dispatch and Role Model Magazine and recently received a Social Justice Award for her advocacy work in Columbus. From teen blogger to 18-year-old entrepreneur, she has built a brand around accomplishing success at any age.

• Michael Mitchell — 12-year-old Michael Mitchell, a fifth grade student at Richard Allen Prep, is a baker with dreams of being an engineer. He began baking cupcakes two years ago to help his mother. He continues today at Michael’s Sweet Shop partly because he loves to see people smile when they get his cupcakes. His favorite flavor cupcake to bake is strawberry.

• Te’Lario Watkins — Te’Lario Watkins II is an 11-year old mushroom farmer. He began his mushroom business, Tiger Mushroom Farms, after a Cub Scout project he took on at age 7. Te’Lario began selling his mushrooms at local farmers markets, restaurants and small grocery stores. He has been featured in local & national publications and stages, including the nationally-syndicated Steve Harvey Show. Te’Lario’s inspirational story even reached Nigeria when he was asked to speak on a panel via Skype to help an author launch her book on entrepreneurship.

One of Te’Lario’s missions is to end hunger. Te’Lario has connected with several local food banks and donates harvest from his garden. Te’Lario volunteers with Food Rescue US, which picks up unsold food from restaurants and delivers it to local food banks & food pantries. Te’Lario has saved over 5,000 meals. Te’Lario’s Eagle Scout Project will be to save 1 million pounds of food from being wasted.

• Alanna Wall — Alanna J. Wall, born in 2000, is founder of Polished Girlz. Alanna wanted to combine her love of drawing and nail design and share that passion with young women who were hospitalized, but was told she was too young to volunteer. So she started her own organization. That organization, which started with one girl and her mom, has grown to mobilize hundreds of registered volunteers that have served thousands of children. Polished Girlz will be a featured organization at the United Nations presentation on America’s service organizations.

To attend the Kidpreneur Summit & Business Fair, register here.