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DYI Making a BIG Difference

DYI LogoThis year’s session of Driven Youth Invitational is more than halfway over already, and we can declare that it’s definitely our biggest and best yet! More than 40 of Lincoln’s top high school students are participating this year, representing all of Lincoln’s public high schools and also Pius X. They’ve already heard from and worked with five of Lincoln’s top entrepreneurs. The students started designing their “companies” by figuring out what product or service they’d introduce to the market, and are working on their business plans. It’s an impressive, motivated group, and we can’t wait to share some of their ideas with you once the session is over! In the meantime, here’s a peek into what they’ve been learning:

DYI Students 2014

Session #1

Randy Kinney of IntoMetal helped students discover what product or service they would like to offer by explaining that entrepreneurs create new businesses to solve problems.

Session #2

Nick Bock of Five Nines Technology Group delivered a presentation about the good and bad of entrepreneurship and what it takes to grow a successful company. Also, Blake Lawrence of Hurrdat/Opendorse shared his entrepreneurship journey with the students, encouraging them to create a business in which they have real interest. He explained how passion and knowledge in a particular industry can lead to the successful creation of a product or service, in order to better serve the customers in that particular industry.

Jay Wilkinson

Session #3

Stephanie Jarrett of Bulu Box taught students the methods of finding their competitive advantage while considering the needs of their target market.

Session #4

Jay Wilkinson of Firespring presented the unique characteristics of his company while promoting the importance of company culture and work environment.

As you can see, we’re making the most of each session! Students are taking full advantage of the knowledge and experience brought to the table by each of our speakers, and it’s showing in their work. A BIG thank you goes out to the wonderful Lincoln entrepreneurs who have been so generous with their time. They’re truly making a difference in the lives of our students, and in the future success of our community!

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