2021 ASPIRE Summer Camp Kicks Off to Teach Entrepreneurship to Youth



Research shows that 72% of high school students desire to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses. However, if this desire to start a business is not coupled with business training, these budding entrepreneurs are at risk of becoming another failed business statistic, falling among the more than half of businesses that will fail within the first two years of opening. The annual Texas Black Expo ASPIRE Youth Entrepreneur Summer Camp was designed to empower young entrepreneurs ages 13 to 18 with the knowledge they need to achieve their business dreams by providing hands-on training in entrepreneurship, business planning and finance.

With the 2020 summer camp postponed due to COVID, TBE recently brought back its popular Aspire Youth Entrepreneur Summer Camp to expose the next generation to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. From June 14-25, 2021, professionals from a variety of industries provided insight about various facets of business and entrepreneurship to teens ages 13 to 18.

The two week camp, which was sponsored by H-E-B, Night Light Pediatric Urgent Care, and UPS, included fun and interactive daily training workshops on topics ranging from finance and budgeting to business models, marketing, networking and Black Wall Street, various VIP tours and field trips to multi-million dollar businesses, presentations from successful black executives and entrepreneurs, a business plan competition and more.

Participating presenters included: Onaje Barnes (Marketplace Executive, Nike), Anastasia Gentles (Co-Founder, Night Light Pediatric Urgent Care), Percy Creutzot (Owner, Frenchy’s Chicken), The Media Block, Chris Crear (Principal, Huddle Power Group), Mark Cijo (Digital Marketing Strategist), Dr. JP Whittaker (Owner, JP Whittaker Chiropractic), Tim Johnson (Manager Director, Accenture), Cheryl Creutzot (President Emeritus, Wealth Development Strategies), Carla Lane (CEO, Lane Staffing), Darrel James (Principal, James and Jordan), Ed Ryland (CEO, ARVO Realty), LaQuitta Barnes (Author, Black Wallstreet), and Amanda K. Edwards (Pres./CEO, The Community Based Solutions Firm).

At the conclusion of the camp, a youth business entitled “Mini Assist” (a digital app to help students become more organized) was presented with a gold medal and granted the title of 2021 ASPIRE Summer Camp Champion Business Plan.

Interested in having your youth participate in next year’s ASPIRE Youth Entrepreneur Summer Camp to be introduced to the world of entrepreneurship and learn fundamental skills to effectively plan, communicate and execute a business plan that is both profitable and sustainable? Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so that you can receive registration notifications and register quickly, as space is limited and fills up quickly!