Out first finalist is Sheraca Cook of Golden Light Candles. Sheraca has created candles that contain no chemicals but have a better scent and last longer than traditional candles. She is the winner of a one-on-one session with Edlio's Jason Kerbel where they will discuss ways an e-commerce business can take Sheraca's business to the next level.
Our second finalist is Josh Foster, inventor of Gimlet - Telescope Communications, his third business at the young age of 16!. Gimlet will gamify classroom apps to incentivize students to learn better and have more fun while doing it. Josh is the winner of a session with Edlio's CEO, Ali Arsan.
Our third finalist is Nicole Salce, inventor of 18 Salce. Nicole designs necklaces and donates a percentage of the jewelry profits to an advocacy group called Save Our Streets. Nicole is the winner of an Edlio website for one year to help in promoting her cause and grow her business!
We cannot wait to see how all three students' businesses will prosper and what else these young, student entrepreneurs will come up with in the future. Congratulations!
We are proud and honored to announce our partnership with Big Picture Learning in hosting their Big Bang conference this July in St. Louis! We will be presenting Edlio to the hundreds of attendees, as well as hosting The Edlio Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, a Shark Tank inspired contest for BPL students to pitch their innovative ideas!
Big Picture Learning is a network of schools around the world dedicated to putting students at the center of their own learning. Under the mentorship of an advisor during an internship, students grow by learning through real world experiences and developing their mind, body and hearts. Now, schools all over the world are following BPL's student-centered learning style and coming together at this annual conference.
Edlio and Big Picture Learning are paralleled in the passion they both share in fostering a community of educators who are passionate about teaching our next-generation of leaders in the best way possible. Hundreds of educators, leaders of thought and advocates of student-centered learning will come together to discuss the most important piece of this teaching style: the students! Through Leaving to Learn sessions like exploring the St. Louis Zoo, biking Big Bang and other exciting adventures, educators and advocates venture out with the students into the local community for the most authentic learning experience.
Students are not only the authority of their own learning in the classroom, but also at the Big Bang Conference, as designers, presenters, and leaders. A few select students will be coming to the conference with their revolutionary business ideas. They will have the chance to pitch their ideas at the Student Entrepreneurship Challenge where Edlio, along with the contest's audience, will be there to judge and select the next big idea. The winner of the contest will receive their own Edlio website for one year in pursuit of taking their business plan idea to the next level, as well as a mentorship session with an Edlio executive. Whether it be an item or service they are hoping to sell, one of our Edlio sites will help launch their business, all while being a high school student!
What is most exciting about hosting this event is it not only being a great opportunity for students to express their creativity for an idea they are so passionate about, but also for us to witness our future leaders designing products we could be using in the coming years. Through Big Picture Learning's conference, they are pioneering a path for other schools to follow their method of teaching and nurture successful students who will become proactive and inspiring contributors of society.
We are thrilled to attend the Big Bang conference and are proud to be partners with Big Picture Learning.