Maxx Stewart (Meeker Middle School), CEO of Spyder Grypz was chosen as the winner of the Saunders Scholars Competition, and was awarded a prize package including a $30,000 college scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology Saunders College of Business and business start-up services from Toshiba and Blue Tie.
Last year, Maxx Stewart enrolled in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber class in hopes of turning his idea for a customizable lacrosse grip into a reality. Through YEA!, Maxx founded Spyder Grypz (www.spydergrypz.com/). His idea took him all the way to the eighth annual Saunders Scholars Finals Competition at America’s Small Business Summit hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC this week.
Congratulations to Maxx, and to all students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Class of 2016!
The Saunders Scholars Competition is named for and made possible by legendary entrepreneur and philanthropist, E. Philip Saunders, and support from The Saunders Foundation.
The 2016 YEA! Saunders Scholars National Competition was hosted on Monday, June 13, 2016 at America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, DC by the United States Chamber of Commerce, with support from Sam’s Club, and judged by:
- Arunas A. Chesonis, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Sweetwater Energy
- Justin D. Waller, Sr. Advisor, Executive Office, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Sharon Hadary, Board Member, Enterprising Women
- Sharonda L. Britton, Sr. Director, Strategic Alliance and Member Services, Sam’s Club
- Kenneth Yancey, Jr., CEO, SCORE
- Heather Ross, CEO, Heather Ross
- Trevor Lynn, Chief Marketing Officer, Social Tables
- Kimberly Van Santos, Regional Director of Marketing, Yelp
- Paul Wardinski, Executive Director, DECA
- Kayla Abramowitz, Founder and Chief Kid Officer, Kayla Cares 4 Kids
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce runs a local YEA! class and are gearing up to launch their next session this fall. YEA!, founded and headquartered in Rochester, New York, offers programs in over 100 communities across the United States. During the course of the YEA! program, which spans 30-weeks of an academic year, students work closely with business leaders, community leaders and educators to guide them as they learn to transform ideas into real, tangible companies that create economic and social value. Students write business plan and pitch for funding and further go on to launch their company within the class.Print This Post