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Next-Gen CEO Summit

Langston (Grade 11) brought his vision to life right here at NEIA.

On Sunday, May 5, the first-ever Next-Gen Summit was held here at NEIA. Our own Langston Reid created this event for entrepreneurs who want to connect.

The day was a big success, with big names as guest speakers such as Raymond Chang, NEIA Co- Founder, Erik Fogg, Founder of Futures Forge, and Steve Messineo, Director of Operations at Physical Therapy Innovations and Former President & CEO of Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The summit finished off with an impressive pitch competition where three student-founded companies pitched their business ideas for a $1,000 prize to fuel that company’s growth.

“I think in general, it went very well,” Langston said. He was proud of the way he and his team pivoted when two speakers failed to appear on the day of the conference, instead creating a space for people to stand up and pitch their ideas and ask for help. He doesn’t want this to be the end of Next-Gen though. “My fear even when I started this was that it would just be some one-day event. Next-Gen is its own business. So we have many platforms you can use to stay connected. So we met some cool people stay connected with them through a Discord groupchat. In the future we will have a summer Summit. Next-Gen will release videos of our speaker’s talks so that people can come back to them. And we have more events planned for the future.”

Langston had a lot of people to thank; he knew all of them off the top of his head. Top of that list are eleven NEIA students: Owen, Vicki, Lila, Marcus, Ileana, Elaine, Finn M., Max R., Max H., Aaron Z., and Kathryn J.. “Those are the 11 people who really just brought it to life,” Langston said.

“I kind of started this the year before even meeting them, but it couldn’t have happened without them and all the support.” He also wants to thank his parents, his Auntie Kelley, and NEIA staff like River, John, Jennie, Maggie, Ben, Tom, and Baldev. “Baldev was probably the most supportive person in my life of the NEIA staff during this entire process, as my entrepreneurship teacher and mentor,” he said.

You can read more about Langston and his story here. 

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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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