Young Entrepreneurs program seeks applicants _lowres

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Mary Ellen Slayter, center, speaks to students who attended the Program for Young Entrepreneurs in 2015. Registration is underway for the 2016 program.

Students interested in taking risks, thinking creatively and starting a business can apply for the Program for Young Entrepreneurs, which will be held June 5-10 at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.

Fourteen young entrepreneurs from around the state will be selected to take part in a week of guided inspiration, practical information and fun, a news release said.

The program is for rising ninth- and 10th-graders. The cost of the program is $375, which includes room and board, materials and transportation during the week. Scholarships are available.

Facilitators for the program are Mary Ellen Slayter and Logan Leger.

Students will be introduced to the idea of entrepreneurship through an intense, hands-on week designed around the practical aspects of launching a business.

In addition to daily work with Slayter and Leger, successful entrepreneurs from around the country will join the class via Skype as guest lecturers. Students will form into small groups and prepare a business plan and pitch for their shared idea, which they will present to a panel of business leaders at a lunch event in Baton Rouge on the program’s final day.

Students will be housed and supervised in LSMSA’s Prudhomme Hall and classes and activities will be held on the school’s campus and in Natchitoches, with a trip to Baton Rouge closing out the week. Transportation will be provided to Baton Rouge, and parents may pick up their child in Baton Rouge or when their child returns to Natchitoches. Parents are invited to the lunch presentations of the week’s work.

Slayter is managing director of Reputation Capital Media Services, a content marketing firm based in Baton Rouge. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a bachelor of science in agronomy from LSU.

Leger is the founder and CEO of NewAperio, a web and mobile app development firm based in Baton Rouge.

Starting the firm in his dorm room while at LSU, he earned many distinctions for his work as a student entrepreneur, including that of being named a top 30 student entrepreneur globally by Entrepreneurs’ Organization in 2011.

In his spare time, Leger also serves on the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control. He has a degree in electrical engineering from LSU.

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