(GWINNETT – METRO ATLANTA) August 2, 2018 – Partnership Gwinnett, the largest local economic development organization in the state of Georgia, announced the top three winners of its first-ever Amazing Student Entrepreneur competition.

Launched this year, the Amazing Student Entrepreneur competition is the student edition of the established Amazing Entrepreneur Contest. The student contest encourages young entrepreneurs in high school and college to introduce a practical business model that is created, owned and managed by students only. The competition requires contestants to submit a business plan summary and demonstration video for judging, with finalists earning the opportunity to present before a panel of business leaders.

The top three winners for 2018 included:

  • First Place: ContraBand Clothing is owned by Mya Swaby, a rising senior at Brookwood High School. ContraBand is an apparel company that designs and produces augmented reality clothing.
  • Second Place: The Key Images is owned by AkeyJah Charles, a rising senior at South Gwinnett High School. The Key Images is a photography service specializing in portrait, advertising and event photography.
  • Third Place: Complex Culture Photography is a photography business specializing in lifestyle and portrait photography. The business is owned by Komlan “CJ” Amousou, a recent graduate of Grayson Technical High School, who will attend Gwinnett Tech in the fall and major in Photography.

The first, second and third place winners were awarded cash prizes for supporting their business ventures. The first-place winner received $500, second place $300 and third place $200.

This year’s winners had strong support from their respective communities and schools in Gwinnett.  Entrepreneurial training courses, workshops, small business advising, as well as licensing were accessible to each of the winners.

“Thanks to partnerships between Gwinnett County Public Schools and our local communities, our students are equipped with the soft skills and training necessary to start and operate a successful business,” said Cindy Quinlan, Entrepreneurship Pathway Lead for Gwinnett County Public Schools. “We are committed to meeting the demand of our student entrepreneurs who desire a classroom experience that encourages experiential learning.”

The top winners are not new to putting their business plans to the test and have excelled in other local entrepreneurship programs, like the city of Snellville’s Shark Tank student entrepreneur program.

“The City of Snellville works rigorously to support student entrepreneurs because they are fundamental to the future of our small business community,” said Eric Van Otteren, Director of Economic Development for the City of Snellville. “The success of these young entrepreneurs shows the true value in nurturing emerging talent.”

“Gwinnett is home to highly skilled and creative young entrepreneurs who are preparing to lead our global marketplace,” said Adam Forrand, Director of Education and Talent Development for Partnership Gwinnett. “The Amazing Student Entrepreneur competition gives students from around the community an opportunity to pitch their phenomenal products and services on a countywide stage and we’re eager to see what the future holds for them.”

For more information on the Amazing Student Entrepreneur Contest, please visit www.amazingentrepreneurcontest.com.

For more information or to learn how to get involved in the local economic development efforts, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.

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About Partnership Gwinnett

Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development, and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Fueled by the support of over one hundred companies, municipalities, Gwinnett County, K-12 and higher education systems, the mission of Partnership Gwinnett is to strengthen the community’s diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace and position Gwinnett as the premier place to live, work and play.

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