NYC High School Entrepreneurs Strut Their Stuff: Students Vie for Top Honors in Baruch College & Merrill Lynch IPO Challenge

Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 6 pm.

The Baruch College & Merrill Lynch IPO Challenge for high school entrepreneurs will have its grand climactic moment on Thursday, June 22 at 6 pm when the winners of the competition are announced. Teams of students from a dozen New York City public high schools, representing every borough, will be on hand to hear the judges’ verdict. New York 1 News reporter Ruscell Boone will host the event.

Over the course of 5 months, students developed concept plans for businesses ranging from Leftys Do It Right, an emporium and web site for the left-handed, to Picture Perfect Salon & Spa, an upscale full-service pampering parlor, to Modern Intergrade Inc., video entertainment and exercise game designed to fight obeisity. With the help of mentors at Baruch’s Field Center, students developed marketing strategies, operations and finance.

Participating high schools are: Automotive High School, Brooklyn; Flushing High School, Queens; Fort Hamilton High School, Brooklyn; Grace Dodge High School, Bronx; High School for Arts and Business, Queens; High School for International Business and Finance, Brooklyn; New Dorp High School, Staten Island; Norman Thomas High School, Manhattan; Paul Robeson High School, Brooklyn; Port Richmond High School, Staten Island; Queens Vocational High School, Queens; and Walton High School, Bronx. First prize winners receive $2000.

Kevin Albert, retired Merrill Lynch Managing Director and currently managing director of Elevation Partners, will speak about the IPO initiative, its purpose and evolution over the past two years.

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DAY: Thursday, June 22
TIME: 6 PM.
PLACE: Baruch College
The Vertical Campus
Lexington Ave @ 24th St.
Room 14-220