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MS. ROSI MITCHELL
MS. WALL
MR. ESPINOZA

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is more than the act of creating a business–it’s about transforming the world by solving big problems, like initiating social change, building a life-changing service, or creating a new product. While entrepreneurs are different in many ways, they also share certain traits: they embrace new thinking and are open to new ideas. They’re drawn to opportunity. They want to help people and make the world better. Anyone can be an entrepreneur, and our Entrepreneurship Program helps students turn their ideas into successful products and services that have real impact. 

 

Empowering students to define their future and maximize their impact, Marlborough’s entrepreneurship courses provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills, networking and partnership opportunities, and coaching and mentoring to help them launch their products and services to their target markets. Middle School students can take Ecopreneurship, Food + Entrepreneurship, and Middle School Finance I and II; Upper School students can take Entrepreneurship 101, Design for Social Impact, and Finance 101. Juniors and Seniors with a passion for entrepreneurship can pursue the Honors Entrepreneurship Capstone, where they spend the year interning and building their own unique ventures. 

 

The Entrepreneurship Capstone ends in our annual Spark Tank competition, with students pitching their businesses to an inspiring panel of experienced female entrepreneurs. Please read more about this year’s Spark Tank judges and capstone students below, and join us over Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27. 


Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98928703710

Judges

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Morgan DeBaun

Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc.

Blavity Inc. is the leading media company for Black culture and millennials. Since launching Blavity Inc. in 2014, Morgan has led the company to successfully acquire Travel Noire, a travel platform for Black millennials, and Shadow And Act, a Black entertainment news site. Under her leadership, Blavity has launched several leading consumer summits including Summit 21 for Black women creators and AfroTech, the largest tech conference for Black innovators and founders. While scaling the company, Morgan has raised venture funding from top Silicon Valley venture firms such as GV and Comcast. 

 

Morgan is an angel investor, a St. Louis native, and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

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Toni Ko

Founder and CEO of Bespoke Beauty Brands

Toni Ko is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record in developing and building highly successful brands, including NYX Cosmetics and THOMAS JAMES LA Sunglasses. Toni disrupted the beauty industry in 1999 with NYX Cosmetics, which L’Oreal ultimately acquired in 2014. In 2016, Toni launched her second company, THOMAS JAMES LA, which offers hundreds of high-quality, on-trend styles of sunglasses at an unmatched market value. In August 2019, Toni launched her newest company, Bespoke Beauty Brands, LLC. Bespoke is a new-age beauty incubator that partners with niche influencers and entrepreneurs and manages everything from concept creation to distribution.  Toni’s unwavering entrepreneurial spirit has armed her with over 20 years of experience and has landed her on the cover of Forbes and in many reputable publications, including Entrepreneur, Inc., and The Wall Street Journal. 

 

In her downtime, Toni loves to travel all over the globe, but when she’s at home in Los Angeles, you’ll find her tending to her three backyard chickens and organic vegetable garden.

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Suzanne Lerner

Co-Founder and CEO of Michael Stars; Vice-Chair, The Fund for Women’s Equality

Activist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Suzanne Lerner is the Co-Founder and CEO of contemporary fashion and lifestyle brand Michael Stars.  One of the first socially responsible apparel brands, Michael Stars has always ensured fair wages and was an early innovator in local sourcing and manufacturing. The company also recently received the Southern California Apparel Social Responsibility Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal. 

 

Suzanne’s activism and philanthropy focus on funding grassroots and community organizations that build critical pathways to gender and racial equity. She invests in communities both domestically and internationally through personal grants, impact investments, and the Michael Stars Foundation, which she and her late husband Michael established nearly 20 years ago.  Voted one of the “25 Most Influential Angelenos,” Suzanne is a strong advocate for equality and an avid supporter of the next generation of female leaders. 

She resides in Manhattan Beach, New York City, and Mykonos, Greece with her #feministpup @ms_simba.

Capstone Projects

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Bridget G. '21

Moomi Toys

Think of Moomi Toys as Build-A-Bear for dogs. Moomi Dog Toys help dog owners create the perfect toy for their dog, customized for their exact needs and thus keeping their dogs entertained. We do this by providing a toy that is easy to make, environmentally friendly, and more fun than the average dog toy, so the customer has peace of mind in every area when it comes to their dog’s toys.

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Lauren C. '21

Pad Swag

Pad Swag helps pre-teens stay discretely prepared for their periods whenever they happen and wherever they might be.  We do this by providing small, cute, custom, grab-and-go bags period kits, which alleviate any potential awkwardness and embarrassment and provide a much-needed boost of confidence.

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Kaelyn H. '21 

College Connects

College Connects helps high schoolers who want to learn the inside scoop on different colleges to connect with college students who get paid to share their authentic perspective. We do this by setting up targeted, customized, one-on-one conversations, helping high schoolers find out the information they actually want to know and by providing the ideal side hustle to college students looking to earn some extra money.

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Kate Y. '21

College Connects

College Connects helps high schoolers who want to learn the inside scoop on different colleges to connect with college students who get paid to share their authentic perspective. We do this by setting up targeted, customized, one-on-one conversations, helping high schoolers find out the information they actually want to know and by providing the ideal side hustle to college students looking to earn some extra money.

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Ava E. '21

IronWire

IronWire is a weekly email newsletter that helps teens create change in their community while also enjoying teenage life. We do this by offering a clear, educational, and fun road map of action items readers can join and/or lead on their own, thus sparking teenage movements filled with action, community, and joy.

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Dakota B. '21

Not Guilty

Not Guilty is where fashion and social justice unite forces. Not Guilty helps Gen Z women look stylish, feel comfortable, and learn about the inequities within our criminal justice system. We do this by educating our consumers and by creating fashionable loungewear as a type of walking billboard, thus inspiring others to learn about our mission and buy our apparel. A portion of our proceeds goes towards funding criminal justice reform.

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Annalise C. '21

H2H

H2H helps Gen Z teens find a fashionable way to both help the environment and the homeless population of Los Angeles. We do this by taking used, second-hand materials and upcycling them into cute and trendy clothing pieces, and then donating a portion of the profits to homeless shelters in LA.

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Olivia C. '21

2000°

2000° helps 15-25 year-old women who are focused on fashion and sustainability communicate their personal style through jewelry. We do this by using sustainable materials exclusively in our pieces, by focusing on environmental activism on our social media channels, and by offering our jewelry at a price point of $200 or less.

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