Providence students participate in entrepreneurship challenge

IN PHOTO, from left to right, Jennifer Veilleux, program director, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust; Troy Allen, founder, Glitter Way Doll Clothes; Jodie Woodruff, director of the Center of Entrepreneurship, The Met High School; Steve Venditelli, Strategic Sourcing analyst, CVS Caremark; David Burton, director, Strategic Sourcing, CVS; John Novas, co-founder, Earth Custom Designs; Anthony Defilipio, co-founder, Earth Custom Designs; Donna Desper, CVS contract coordinator.
Posted 9/30/11

PROVIDENCE - Three students from Providence’s Met High School are participating in the 2011 Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York City.

The students were selected from a pool of 1,500 New England students to participate.

With guidance from CVS Caremark Corp. executives, the students will present their business plans at the competition in Oct. 6 for a $10,000 grand prize.

The regional competition winners are: John Novas and Anthony Defilipio, founders of Earth Custom Designs and Troy Allen, founder of Glitter Way Doll Clothes.

This is the first time students from the Met School will compete at the national level. To prepare, they held a presentation rehearsal on Sept.29.

Since 2009, CVS Caremark employees have helped mentor and coach Met High School students, totaling more than 100 volunteer hours.

The volunteers mentoring the student finalists with business plan development, presentation and public speaking skills.

The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center is a network of six small, public high schools located in Providence and Newport.

The Met empowers its students to take charge of their learning, to become responsible citizens and life-long learners.

Since 1987, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship has been inspiring young people to pursue educational opportunities, start their own businesses, and succeed in life.

By providing entrepreneurship education programs relevant to the real world, NFTE empowers students to own their educations in and out of the classroom and to find their own path to success.

NFTE supports active programs in 18 states and 10 countries around the world.

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