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Business opportunity available for youth

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Los Alamos youth have a new opportunity in their future, one very similar to the ABC television show “Shark Tank.”
Area youth will be given a chance to pitch their business ideas to a group of potential funders, with the benefit of a little support along the way.
Isaac Schilling of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Feynman Center for Innovation will host a series of opportunities beginning next week for teenagers interested in entrepreneurship.
“Teen Startup Challenge is a series of events that will teach teens how to quickly and effectively share their ideas with the goal of being granted funding to start a business or to expand a current venture,” said Schilling.
The first event will be held at Time Out Pizza in Los Alamos from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday with free pizza and drinks provided to interested teens.
The events will expose teens to exciting career opportunities in business and the possibility of transforming their own great ideas into viable businesses.
“Any teenager with a business idea should definitely attend our events,” said Schilling. “Even if you do not have a business idea, we will help you come up with one.”
The Teen Start Up Challenge aims to host a business-pitch competition at the end of the event series where participants have the chance to have their idea funded “Shark Tank” style, according to Schilling.
Schilling is also willing to work with students not able to attend the April 22 event. Students can contact him via email or through his Facebook group.
He’ll also have a booth during lunch at Los Alamos High School Monday to answer questions.
Those interested may contact him at ischil@lanl.gov.