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Infuse Program Foundation 2015

Another year working with the Infuse Program Foundation has come to a close, and another group of entrepreneurs has been crowned the winner!

For those of you who don't know, the Infuse Program Foundation is "a non-profit organization committed to democratizing entrepreneurial education and resources in inner-city communities." High school students are brought together to learn the ins and outs of running a business, and the entire program culminates in a competition where each group pitches their own product!

This year, all the hard work took place at the Google campus, and the tech company was gracious enough to host the final night of competition: a Symposium of Ideas. Each group had their turn to own the stage and present an original product, hoping to win the favor of both the audience and the panel of judges. In the end, it was WaterSave that came out on top, with their drought-conscious shower head. Regardless of their only being one winner, however, there is no doubt that each individual student truly shined while on stage. It's impressive and humbling to see how far these kids have come.

We are honored to have attended and documented such a great event and to have created the introduction video that kicked off the night (see below). We love working with such an inspiring organization and we thank Infuse Founder AJ Thomas for allowing us to be a part of something that helps to better our community.

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Written by Danika Lam

Infuse: From High School Students to Entrepreneurs

Infuse Entrepreneurship: an after-school program to teach students that the "possibilities are endless" for making "the world a better place through their own ideas."

Founded by AJ Thomas, Infuse is implemented into inner-city high schools and challenges students to become professional entrepreneurs. The students are broken up into teams and each is put to the task to create their own company and product. All the hard work culminates into a full-day competition at a local business's campus where each "company" gives a sales pitch for a panel of judges. Imagine the popular show Shark Tank for the students of Andrew P. Hill High School.

Our team was involved here and there throughout the eight-week journey, contributing in a variety of ways.

As the students progressed through the program, Allen was featured as a guest speaker, sharing his knowledge on starting a company and turning it into a well-oiled machine. Tori came in to help film the CEO of each "company" for a short video that was played at the start of the competition day. It was on this day that one team was crowned the winner and another lucky team was surprised with a three-month internship here at Ivory Sky Media. Three lucky high school students will be spending their summer with our term to learn the ins and outs of photography, videography, editing, and more.

We couldn't be more excited. After watching the various teams truly put in the work to succeed, we can't wait to see what they'll do in the future. It was truly exciting to witness each student come up with their own original ideas and take on a multitude of responsibilities. Infuse Entrepreneurship was a meaningful experience for everyone involved.

The video our team shot and edited to open the day of competition

Written by Danika Lam