• Local Young Entrepreneur Advances to Saunders Scholars Competition in Rochester, NY

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    May 03, 2019
    LUBBOCK, TEXAS – Daniel Jones, CEO of Fort In A Box was selected by a panel of local business leaders to compete in the Saunders Scholars Competition in Rochester, N.Y. Twelve-year-old Jones, a seventh grade Homeschool student in the Lubbock Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), will present his business this morning.
     
    Jones was one of 16 students who pitched their business idea to local investors on Tues., April 2, at the Texas Tech Innovation Hub. The panel awarded startup money to all 16 businesses and Jones was selected as the Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist.
     
    Hundreds of business and education leaders, students, and parents will gather to hear 53 young entrepreneurs, ages 11-18, from across the nation pitch their business. The young entrepreneurs compete for college scholarships ranging from $25,000 - $50,000, an all-expenses paid trip to America’s Small Business Summit hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., and business startup prizes. 
     
    The Saunders Scholars Competition is named for and made possible by legendary entrepreneur E. Philip Saunders. Local entrepreneurs, CEOs, and respected community members will judge the competition.
     
    The competition will be live streamed here. More information is available at www.LubbockChamber.com/YEA or by contacting the Chamber at (806) 761-7000.
    Contact:
    Haily Wells, Director of Communications & PR
    (806) 761-7005
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