BUILDFest 2014 - Boston Fundraising Gala

Thank you to everyone who made BUILDFest 2014 a Success!

Ayele Shakur, BUILD Boston Regional Executive Director, presents Tim Ferriss, bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, with the 2014 BUILDer Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at BUILDFest, BUILD’s annual gala on October 30, 2014 at the Westin Copley. About 600 people attended the event and more than $400,000 was raised to support BUILD’s work with Boston high school students.
(Photo by Roger Farrington)

BUILDFest sponsors 2014



Through entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning, BUILD ignites the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equips them for high school, college, and career success. 


Building a Path Toward Success
How do you provide underserved young people with the resources they need to succeed? At BUILD, we do it by helping our students to start their own small businesses. As they reap the rewards – from keeping the profits to gaining self-confidence – they discover the connection between success in academics and success in life. They become excited to go to college.

BUILD is an in-school and after-school program in 9th through 12th grade, taught by BUILD mentors and on-site teachers at partner public high schools. Students:
  • learn the basics of entrepreneurship while improving academic skills
  • develop a business plan
  • practice their pitches at showcases and business plan competition
  • participate in education field trips to businesses and to colleges
  • prototype and manufacture their original products
  • secure seed capital through a pitch to a Venture Capitalist
  • launch and run their own businesses
  • concentrate on getting accepted to the colleges of their choice

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Senator Edward Markey


Jeffrey and Amy Glass, Co-Chairs
Scott Friend and Leslie Riedel, Co-Chairs
Michele Norman and Steve Loose, Co-Chairs
Darryl Settles and Dr. Lisa Owens, Co-Chairs

Michael Bronner
Jeffrey Bussgang
Jeff Fagnan
Barry Hynes
Dennis Kunian
Ted Lyon
Brian McKenzie
Paul Mollica
Vaibhav Nalwaya
Nicole Stata
Lee Steele
Chris Thomajan
Claudyne Wilder

Martha Buckley
Jaha Burrell
Elliott Campbell
Moises Cohen
Dana Grieco
Evelyn Hartz
Justin Kang
Kim Le
Will Leitch
Emily Mahlman
Michele Norman
Nancy Sterling
Ayele Shakur
Jennifer Shulman
Hillary Smith
Amy Trutor


BUILD Headquarters: 2385 Bay Road •  Redwood City, CA 94063

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