• Chamber Announces 2020 YEA! Investor Panel Shark Tank Winners

  • Moorhead, Minn. (May 18, 2020) – Last week, the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber hosted its Investor Panel Shark Tank as part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program. Ameera Gaal, a freshman at Sheyenne High School, took first place in the competition for her business, Enhance, which makes magnetic accessories for hijabs. Ameera received $600 in funding and was named our local YEA! Saunders Scholar and will advance to the national competition in August in Rochester, New York.

    Additionally, Isabelle Sunderlin, a sophomore at Davies High School, was the recipient of this year’s People’s Choice award for her business, 505 Photography. The People’s Choice winner was determined through a live poll in which event attendees voted for their favorite presentation and business idea.

    Held on May 13 through a live video stream, a panel of investors from local businesses heard pitches from local middle and high school students who competed for real funding from the panel. Ameera was chosen to move on and will be among more than 100 students nationally selected to compete in the Saunders Scholars Competition in New York. There, young entrepreneurs will compete for the opportunity to advance to the finals where they can win up to $30,000 in college scholarships and business startup prizes.  

    YEA!, founded and headquartered in Rochester, New York, offers programs in over 100 communities across the United States, China and India. During the course of the YEA! program, which spans 25 weeks of an academic year, students work closely with business and community leaders to guide them as they learn to transform ideas into real, tangible companies that create economic and social value.

    Other students in the local YEA! program, and their businesses, include:

    • Cayden Anderson and Michael Toy, Chipp In, LLC
    • Ty Boutwell, Paws Inc.
    • Jadyn Chakua, Dhada
    • Madison Christensen, De Moda
    • Evelyn Gould, Evie’s Cards
    • Seth Hansen, Hansen Video Production
    • Tate Jacobson, Jolt Athletic Apparel
    • Gavin Keller, Keller Sports
    • Allison Koetz, Healing Dimes
    • Spring Ma, Plastic Sprout

    Dan Michaels, president of Dan Michaels Audio, emceed the event. The presenting sponsor of the program is Cornerstone Bank.  

    About The Chamber
    The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 109,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.

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