Boston, MA, July 17, 2017 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, has awarded a Community Grant to BUILD NYC to support its student Business Plan Competition. Specifically, grant dollars were used to fund a portion of the prizes awarded to the final five student business teams at the competition. BUILD NYC is a nonprofit that uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college, and career achievement. The annual Business Plan Competition, held on June 3, brought together 80 student teams who presented their innovative business ideas to a panel of celebrity judges. This year’s first place prize was awarded to the Exo-Lights team, creators of an LED-illuminated sports vest.
Grant applicant Dwayne Wellington, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at BUILD NYC, said, “We are thankful for the Foundation’s support. By helping to fund prize money for the finalists, we are acknowledging the dedication and outstanding accomplishments of these student entrepreneurs. The competition helps students appreciate the benefits of hard work and perseverance. We have found that the skills that the students acquire through the BUILD program have led to improved engagement in their education.”
Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp, said, “We’re pleased to support this entrepreneurship project that helps students develop collaboration, problem-solving and communication skills, which will prepare them for college and career success.”
Created to support front-line educators who often do not have a voice in funding decisions, the Community Grants subsidize small, concrete projects, which will improve inner-city education within Boston, Hartford, London, Orange County, Providence, New York, or Washington DC within the coming year. The Foundation will generally consider grant applications monthly and award grants in an amount totaling no more than $2,000 in any one month. The grant applications and an explanation of the program can be found at http://www.brownrudnickcenter.com/foundation/community-grant.
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