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Junior Achievement Presentation

By: David Brim June 20, 2011

Today I spoke at the Junior Achievement CEO academy to a great group of promising high school juniors and seniors.  The Junior Achievement CEO academy boot camp is a very cool program.  Students must apply to be enrolled and a certain amount are selected.  Students then attend the camp at Florida Gulf Coast University where guest speakers come talk to them about various business related topics.  In addition to listening to presentations the camp goes a step further and breaks the students into groups that develop and present a business plan at the end of the week.  Business leaders from the community then come and judge the competition.

I was asked to speak about entrepreneurship with the goal of motivating the students to begin pursuing their entrepreneurial journey and have a great week at the camp.

Many people at this age, and many others, want to launch a successful business, but don’t necessarily have a start-up or business concept yet.

Rather than talk about how to market a business I focused my presentation on the following topics:

  • Developing a personal brand– How it provides a solid foundation for entrepreneurial & professional success.
  • Gaining experience and specialized knowledge-Becoming a student of the “game” you choose to play.
  • Standing on the shoulders of Giants-Connecting with and leveraging mentors, advisers and thought leaders.
  • Growing & managing your brand online-Beginning to reveal your expertise online & reputation management
  • The Entrepreneurial mindset- What to be prepared for, being a problem solver, putting yourself in a position to succeed, etc.

My logic was that whatever business these students decided to go into these principles would help them.

The presentation above doesn’t include the personal anecdotes or additional depth I added regarding the topics referenced, but I still thought it would be worth while to share the presentation slides here.

After the presentation the students asked a number of questions, some of them were specifically related to start-ups they wanted to launch.  It was very exciting to see their passion at such a young age.  When many high school students are out hanging with friends, or playing sports, these students committed themselves to learning more to become successful in business.  It was a fantastic experience and I look forward to helping out with Junior Achievement more in the future.

About the author

David Brim

David Brim is an entrepreneur, marketing strategist, and investor based in Central Florida. He is the general partner of the Orlando Opportunity Fund, focused on advancing communities through investments in early stage companies and commercial real estate. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he majored in marketing, David is the only two-time winner of the school’s Joust Business Plan Competition. Brim has founded numerous businesses in Central Florida across industries such as marketing, technology (SaaS & online directories), real estate, and e-commerce. In 2017 he founded Orlando Entrepreneurs a central hub created to connect, cultivate and celebrate entrepreneurs in Central Florida.

Comments

  • Francisco Lopez


    I love that cool prezi presetantion, good job

  • Brittany Dixon


    Awesome article!! I wasn’t even aware that you posted this.

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