Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Winners For Yanik’s UndergroundX 2014
It’s that time of year again. Yanik Silver’s Underground Online Seminar is just around the corner, this year being the 10th Anniversary!
Every year Yanik offers a few promising young entrepreneurs around the world the opportunity to go to his seminar on full scholarship. Each year, hundreds of applicants compete, but only a handful are accepted.
This year is the 6th-year running, and the fourth year that we’ve been hosting it at Retire@21! Each one of these young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to attend the event for free, network with some of the biggest names in business, and learn unique strategies to grow their own ventures.
Look out for these guys and gals! You can expect to see great things from them in the future. As always, let us know if you’re going to Underground this year. It’ll be great to see everyone. Find out more about Yanik Silver’s Underground.
Also, if you’re a young entrepreneur 23 and under and you haven’t applied for the scholarship this year, check out the streaming scholarship here, allowing an additional pool of scholarship winners to stream the event live from the comfort of your own home.
- 1 Harry Cammer – MyDigitalNatives.com
- 2 Paulo Ribeiro – aprendizadoacelerado.com
- 3 Tara Byrne – TaraEByrne.com
- 4 Craig Jaffa – www.azurawear.co.za
- 5 Brandon Wagner – mypalettefabrics.com
- 6 Maxine Schiffmann – www.TheLeaderOfTomorrow.com
- 7 Jerry Panzu – www.kondeexpress.com
- 8 Evan Luthra – EvanLuthra.com
- 9 Frances Farmer – stressoutlets.com
- 10 Akshat Goel – www.iValueTech.com and www.TechiBiz.com
Harry Cammer – MyDigitalNatives.com
I was born and raised in New York City. I am currently a senior at Tulane University in New Orleans majoring in Marketing and Consumer Behavior and minoring in Psychology. I started Digital Natives Marketing along with three other students in an attempt to help small local businesses leverage online tools (social media, web development, PPC, etc) to grow their business. I’ve always had a passion for tech and innovation, but unfortunately science and engineering were never my academic strengths. My current mission is to use this enthusiasm for technology to bridge the gap between technologists and the everyday person andhelp bring about meaningful change.
“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it” – Bill Cosby
Paulo Ribeiro – aprendizadoacelerado.com
Paulo Ribeiro is a modern strategist, writer and marketing lover. Author of an ebook on accelerated learning, he helps people to learn better and faster with a Brazilian company that offers trainings on metalearning. Paulo has helped raising thousands of dollars through GiveGetWin, a philanthropic organization that runs deals with amazing experts all over the world and wants to impact lives in Mongolia.
With his role as Ambassador of Exosphere, a Chilean startup disrupting the way we think about real-life education, Paulo expects to contribute to the solution of the entrepreneurial education problem. He helps people to live better and meaningful lives running a self-development community in Brazil called Estrategistas. And he is about to hold a degree in chemical engineering but has no idea what to do with it.
Tara Byrne – TaraEByrne.com
I connect alternative learning environments with startups to give students a better shot at an education that works. I’m invested in opening new pathways between like-minded individuals to share resources, incite conversations, and cultivate collaborative partnerships. I want my peers to be able to flourish in nourishing, challenging environments that support vulnerability and transparency.
I’m 18 years old and have been an entrepreneur since early high school, with my first project at 14.
“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Craig Jaffa – www.azurawear.co.za
From the age of 9, Craig started his entrepreneurial journey selling Power Ranger toys and dodgy lemonade to his neighbors. Since then he’s co-founded an eco-friendly clothing label at university, and is now receiving mentorship and working within a digital marketing agency as an ‘intrapreneur’.
His vision is to embark on ventures that create growth in developing countries and have the greatest impact for the greatest number of people. One such venture is a current project to launch a South African startup incubator.
When he’s not immersing himself in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Vipassana Meditation, or playing late night didgeridoo, he’s secretly pursuing his stand-up comedy career.
“Find out today whether you are willing to do what it takes to give your gift fully. As a first step, spend at least an hour today giving your fullest gift, whatever that is for today, so that when you go to sleep at night you know you couldn’t have lived your day with more courage, creativity, and giving.” – David Deida
Brandon Wagner – mypalettefabrics.com
Business had ran through my veins my entire life, the desire to improve the industry – revolutionize business all together. To this date I’ve had 12 realistic start up attempts of all sizes, my most recent has been my most successful to date and I plan on staying with it 100% until June, when I will break off into this and a personnel blog.
I have a huge passion for graphic design, branding and sewing.
“We’re all different people, all throughout our lives when you think about it. That’s okay, that’s good. You’ve got to keep moving forward, so long as you remember all the people you use to be.” – 11th Doctor from Doctor Who
Maxine Schiffmann – www.TheLeaderOfTomorrow.com
Maxine has started her blog to inspire students to live life to the fullest and become the CEO of their life. She is a self-proclaimed information junkie who loves everything related to personal development & entrepreneurship. She currently consults an e-learning start-up in her home country Germany while finishing her business degree.
One of her biggest inspirations is Marie Forleo who once said: “Hustle, have patience and don’t quit”.
Jerry Panzu – www.kondeexpress.com
I was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I was raised in Brussels, Belgium and the U.S. I attended boarding almost all my life. I started attending boarding school at the age of 8 at Rumsey Hall School in Connecticut. My father is a businessman. Owns his own construction company and has oil and copper mines in Africa. I have two sisters. My older sister is a college graduate and has 3 beautiful girls my nieces two of which are twins. I am very motivated, ambitious and a gym freak. When I am not in the gym, I spend a lot of time reading about astrology, ancient aliens, UFO’S, economics and much more.
“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
Evan Luthra – EvanLuthra.com
I am a 18 year old entrepreneur who is thinking of new ideas to make this world a better place. I Conceptualize, Innovate and then work on Executing world changing ideas. I love building and rebuilding Products. Using creativity, ideas and magic, I build products in a way you’ll never forget.
I started out by curating Technology news at the age of 12, After crossing 200,000 readers – I moved on to developing mobile apps when I was just 13 , since then I haven’t looked back and created various web 2.0 companies and have user base of over 1,000,000 users. I have founded my own startup and now consult on others. I also occasionally speak at universities and Corporates about entrepreneurship.
“To get rich , you have to be making money while you are sleeping.”
Frances Farmer – stressoutlets.com
Stress is a part of everyday life. It’s something to be dealt with, not avoided. A majority of people simply ignore stress until they finally can’t take anymore. Frances Farmer believes in facing stress head-on before it accumulates.
Frances has experienced first-hand the damage stress can wrought. She used to handle stress ineffectively by worrying excessively and overworking herself. As a result, she developed a stress disorder called Trichotillomania, causing her to pull out her hair as a stress response. For 7 years, she has struggled with the disorder. She finally found the light at the end of the tunnel when she learned about yoga. Yoga helped reduced her stress so much that it inspired her to search for other stress outlets. Thus, the journey began.
On Frances’ search for alternative methods of stress relief, she realized others probably have the same desire to find an outlet. So, Stress Outlets was born.
“SO” offers an assorted variety of stress relief methods from different cultures & philosophies to help you find a stress outlet you can plug into. The last thing you want to do when you’re already stressed out is to search for ways to calm down, you want immediate relief. “SO” brings the information to you in a nice and neat blog post, every Wednesday.
“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” — Cadet Maxim
Akshat Goel – www.iValueTech.com and www.TechiBiz.com
Akshat Goel (15 years old, New Delhi) is the founder of Techibiz. He is a mobile and web marketer with extensive knowledge in internet and mobile marketing. He is also the founder of iValueTech Apps, a mobile app development firm which specializes in Android, Kindle and iOS App Development.
Akshat can’t make it to Underground this year due to travel restrictions, but we were so impressed with this young entrepreneur that we wanted to make sure everyone reading this saw what he was up to.
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