Ridgefield Academy students present to investor panel

Two Ridgefield Academy students were accepted to present business ideas to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) in  Rochester, N.H., on April 25.

Fifth grader Ava Derby’s idea, AIM: Advancing Inquisitive Minds,

provides after-school and/or weekend enrichment classes to K-12 students in science, history, filmmaking, and creative writing.

Seventh grader Luisa Simon’s idea, My Threads, is a T-shirt business with sayings of hope and positivity. Working with an artist, Luisa came up with a logo combining the words community with humanity that resulted in “Cumanitee.”

During the year-long program, the students developed business ideas, conducted market research, wrote business plans, and pitched a panel of investors. They will eventually launch their companies.

Both students presented their ideas to the YEA investor panel. The winning idea will go on to the national competition in Rochester to compete with those of student entrepreneurs from across the country.