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Destination Irvine’s Demea Metcalf Serves as Volunteer Business Coach at Concordia’s Teen Entrepreneur Academy

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Destination Irvine Director of Sales Demea Metcalf served as a volunteer business coach at the Teen Entrepreneur Academy (TEA), a hands-on, learn-by-doing, business entrepreneurship start-up summer camp for high school students held at Concordia University of Irvine in July. There, Metcalf met with a team of five students, ranging in age from 13 to 18, and who traveled from the East Coast, Mexico and as far away as Hong Kong.

Under Metcalf’s tutelage during the Academy, the student “TeenPreneurs,” dubbed Care Box Company, formulated a business idea and action plan all in one week’s time.

“This team of young ladies had only known each other for a couple of days and were already acting like a cohesive unit,” Metcalf said. “Congratulations to Concordia on their ability to attract such a high-caliber of students to their competition and setting them on the fast track to understanding how to start a business. Dr. Stephen Christensen, who founded the Academy, is a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit and is the perfect role model for these students to emulate.”

Upon adjudication, $1,500 will be awarded to the team with the best start-up business plan entered in the entrepreneurship business plan competition sponsored by Citi and held the last day of the summer camp academy.

“These teens get to have all the fun coming up with brilliant a business plan,” Metcalf said. “All my best wishes for a successful endeavor!”

To learn more about workforce development programs at the Greater Irvine Chamber, contact Pepper Russell.

Category: Chamber News

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