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Champions of Change – Young Entrepreneurs Celebrated at the White House

The White House welcomes young entrepreneurs for the Champions of Change series.

Hi everyone. My name is Ronnie Cho and I’m the new White House liaison to young Americans. I’ve got some great news to share with you and I couldn’t wait another day. I want you to be the first to know about the 11 amazing young entrepreneurs that are being honored at the White House on Thursday, at the next event in our on-going “Champions of Change” series. These champions have started creative companies, hail from every corner of the country and work in diverse fields that are bringing services and products to market. They’re winning the future by starting businesses, creating jobs, wealth and opportunities for their communities.

The “Champions of Change” program is a weekly series where the White House highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country that represents President Obama’s vision of out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the rest of the world through effective projects and initiatives that move their communities forward. This week, the White House will welcome several young entrepreneurs to Washington to share their success stories and discuss how we can continue to encourage and inspire young people to start their own companies. The Champions will engage in discussion with a diverse audience from aspiring entrepreneurs to established business leaders who are interested in the extraordinary example of these young people winning the future.

Without further ado, I give you this White House Champions of Change:

Torya Blanchard – Detroit, MI, Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes

Craig Cordes – New Orleans, LA, Cordina Frozen Drinks

Jennifer Donogh – Carnation, WA, Young Female Entrepreneurs

Kwanza Fisher – Atlanta, GA, Neighborhood Mathematica

Zach Hamilton – Scottsdale, AZ, DevilWash

Susan Koger – Pittsburgh, PA, ModCloth

Josh Linkner – Detroit, MI, Detroit Venture

Jennifer Medbery – New Orleans, LA, Kickboard by Drop the Chalk

Alex Rincon – Helena, MT, four0six

Andrew Yang – New York City, NY, Venture for America

Erica Zidel – Somerville, MA, Sittingaround

I also encourage you to watch the event on on Thursday.  Then come back again on Friday, August 19th for an update on the event. To stay updated with our awesome young entrepreneur community and to receive other updates from the White House, sign up for our newsletter here.

Ronnie Cho is an Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement.