With the country still in an economic crisis, Grammy Award singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is doing his part by offering support to aspiring entrepreneurs with “Future CEO Academy,” an intense three day entrepreneurship boot camp. Ne-Yo’s nonprofit Compound Foundation in conjunction with 100 Urban Entrepreneurs will host fifty students between the ages of thirteen to eighteen at Clark Atlanta University for the training.
“[It’s] a tall order for a three-day conference, but I can think of nowhere more appropriate and no team more capable than the faculty at the Clark Atlanta University School of Business. They have the intellect, the expertise, the experience and the right access,” states Ne-Yo, founder of Compound Foundation.
The students were preselected from the Georgia Department of Human Services within the state’s foster care system and group homes.The opportunity for the youth provide tools for them to be in position for success, Compound Foundation’s Executive Director Khalilah Abdul-Baqi says, “First, we want to empower students who, too often, are labeled and subjugated as powerless.”
During the “Future CEO Academy” students will have seminars on entrepreneurial fundamentals, business plan development, business creation strategies, business management, intellectual property law, idea pitching and business promoting and presentation skills. In addition, students will participate in a business pitch competition sponsored by 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, who will award $10,000 to invest in the students business venture.