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04.27.2022

Prepare Future Innovators & Entrepreneurs

Have you wondered if there’s anything you can do to foster that creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in your own kids?

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  • WHERE: VIRTUAL / WEBEX

  • WHEN: 12:00 – 1:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27

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In partnership with the Babson Parent Connection Employee Resource Group, NEIA is excited to invite you to join a discussion featuring two entrepreneurs and design leaders to focus on answering the question: “How might we prepare our kids to become future innovators and entrepreneurs?”

Matt Kressy, Founding Trustee, and Raymond Chang, Co-Founder of New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) will share their insights on how parents can foster creativity and entrepreneurship. The discussion will also feature some fun and practical examples from Paul Bogere, Kokoro Shinohara, and Lila Lewandowski – 9th & 10th graders at NEIA.

Prior to starting NEIA, the new middle and high school for future entrepreneurs and innovators, Matt Kressy was the Creator and Founding Director of MIT’s innovation leadership program, MIT Integrated Design & Management. Raymond has been a serial entrepreneur who took his first company to IPO at age 29. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Babson, teaching International Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Thought & Action.

This session is geared towards parents of middle and high school-aged children, though all are welcome to attend. We hope you will join us for this informative conversation!

This event is hosted by Gina Regonini (she/her) and the Babson Parent Connection Employee Resource Group. Register today!

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After our first full week into summer, we want to look back on a year-long project that yielded impressive results for three of our amazing rising 12th graders.

This past fall, NEIA 11th graders pitched products that could add value to people’s lives by curing diseases or ailments. This is part of the BioTrek Program: a joint initiative by ARMI (Advanced Regenerative Medical Institute) and BioFabUSA. Students pitched their amazing ideas to Tim McCauley, their peers, and a panel of judges made up of NEIA staff members. 

Throughout these presentations, our students walked through all phases of the Biotrek journey. First, identifying a problem. Second, engineering a solution using bio-manufacturing techniques. In the third phase, they developed a business and financial model for their product. The final phase was this event: pitching to their peers and judges. They are trying to solve real medical issues, such as endometriosis, chronic lung disease, color blindness, and osteogenesis (just to name a few). 

The winners moved on to the Final Presentations judged by representatives from ARMI and Biofab, which decided
who would represent NEIA against other schools in the Biotrek Championship. The winning group chosen to go to the championship was Endopexy, created by Milena, Lila, and Max H.

Milena, Lila, and Max’s hard worked paid off as they were the winning team of the championships. We are so proud of these three innovators for working hard the whole year and being recognized in such a highly competitive program.

This project-based learning program continues to be a very valuable experience for our innovators. You can clearly see the intersection of subjects like science, math, entrepreneurship, and communications. It is the perfect example of how integrated academics lead to exciting projects and connections.

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This weekend, three of our 11th grade students: Vicki, Owen, and Langston, won first place at the Entrepreneurship for All - EforAll All Ideas Pitch Competition for their idea around the NEXTGEN Summit, a conference that Langston initiated this spring at NEIA.

Owen explains the idea to execution as follows, "My mother is an alum of the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Business Accelerator Program. One night while scrolling Instagram, she found a post by EforAll about an All Ideas Pitch Competition happening. She sent me the post at 11:20 p.m. and we were signed up for the event by 12:15 a.m. A few weeks later we were selected to table at the event with the potential of being able to participate in the final pitch competition. We landed a spot in the pitch competition, and it was a huge success as we not only won the first place prize of $1000, but also won the Fan Favorite prize for an additional $500. We were by far the youngest attendees at the event and were pitching with people who were already well removed from college."

We are so proud of our innovators and commend them for their efforts to not only seek new opportunities each and every day but to thrive within them.

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That’s a wrap! We will see you soon, innovators. We miss you already.

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