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Are you innovative? Want to add quality to people's lives through your ideas? Now is the time to apply for Next Generation Entrepreneurs for a chance to win $10,000, $3,500 or $1,500 in grant money.

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The application period is now open for the 2016/2017 school year.
Applications are due by October 15, 2016 & it just takes about 10 minutes to complete.

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Application Information

  1. You must apply online.
  2. You can apply as an individual or team. 
  3. There is no limit to how many students can be on a team.
  4. Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors can apply!
  5. There will be three winners selected:
  • FIRST PLACE            $10,000
  • SECOND PLACE        $3,500
  • THIRD PLACE            $1,500


Pinellas County High School Students, this is your chance to win up to $10,000 to start a new business.  All it takes is just 5 to 10 minutes to apply online and answer 5 short questions about your new business venture or project idea.

Out of all applicants, ten will be selected as semifinalists who will participate in four monthly afterschool workshops with mentorship involvement from November through February. Student semifinalists will display their ideas at the Career Ed Breakfast, and will present to judges on March 30th, with winners to be selected & recognized in April.

All ten semifinalists receive $250 after turning in a business overview when they present to the judges.

For more information or if you have questions, contact Melissa Boothe at:  Melissa.boothe@pinellaseducation.org or (727) 588-4816 x 2111.

Don’t miss this life changing opportunity to win start-up funding, scholarships and prizes!


28 PC School Students, Pinellas Education Foundation & Tampa Bay Entrepreneurs Team up –November 2016 Next Generation Entrepreneurs Workshop

On the evening of November 9th 28 PC High School students joined representatives from the Pinellas Education Foundation, PC Schools, USF and local entrepreneurs at the Stavros Institute for the first Next Generation Entrepreneurs workshop to kick off the  2016/2017 school year competition.  The students are the top ten finalists representing 9 area schools who are competing for the 10,000 grant monies in the “shark tank” type competition with an innovative idea.  These student candidates were selected from 97 applicants at 16 schools across Pinellas County as the Top 13 finalists who compete as a teams or individuals.  They attend monthly workshops with mentoring support and lessons on the business model canvas, presentation techniques, entrepreneurial skill building & more - all to prepare them for their presentation to the NGE Panel of Judges on March 22, 2017. At the November workshop, key speakers including Program Chair Steve Allen (founder of TAFFIE.net & Docuphase), Danny Mastronardo (VP & Co-Founder of Nardo’s Natural™), James Spencer (Inventor of Crescent Womb), Deborah Kozdras (Chief Creative Officer of USF Stavros Center).  Other judges present included Donna Burns (VP of Operations at Pinellas Education Foundation) and Dr. Shri Goyal (Executive in Residence & Chair, USF Connect) who has been a part of the NGE program since its inception in 2012.  New this 2016/2017 School year are candidates joining forces from two school sites, and one entire classroom of a local PCS teacher, Mr. Knox at Gibbs High School with his class of 34 students!   Watch for more details as our semifinalists continue on in the program from Nov 2016 through March 2016 workshops, their Presentations to Judges, and on April 26, 2017 when winners will be announced!


For more information on the program contact Program Manager Julie Yaeger at 727.588.4816 x2122 or yaegerj@pinellaseducation.org.


 Additional Information

Wondering how applicants are judged?
 Click here to see an example of a judge’s applicant evaluation form.

 Click here to view a presentation by Marvin Scaff from December's meeting.

Click here to view helpful hints from Judge Colleen Pelton.

Click here to view addition helpful hints from Judge Colleen Pelton.

 Click here for past program participation.