BUILD Staff, Mentor & Community Member



Join us as we launch a movement to change the future of education and opportunity through youth entrepreneurship

March 25, 2021

5:30 PM PST/8:30PM EST


About the event

Join us on March 25th, 2021 for the premiere of BUILDFest National: BUILDing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs where we’ll showcase regional finalists of BUILD’s COVID-19 Virtual Design Challenges with some exciting appearances from VIP Coaches and special guests. 

You won’t want to miss this interactive experience hosted by Emmy-nominated writer, comedian, and political commentator, Baratunde Thurston!

Students Presenting

BUILD Community Outreach Kit

Dear BUILD Community,


We are turning BUILD National’s once exclusive event into a free, live stream 40-45 min show that will be aired across the country. We are excited to share the BUILD program and our Open Educational Resources to create a wave across our country that inspires a new generation: Generation Entrepreneur


We are excited to invite you and your extended network to join us virtually on Thursday, March 25th at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT as we launch BUILDFest National, a movement to change the future of education and opportunity in America. Our event will publicly launch BUILD’s $15M campaign to BUILD Gen E – the next generation of innovators, trail-blazers, and change-makers.


We have an ambitious goal of reaching 5,000 viewers and are asking for YOUR support in helping us spread the word and reach our goal. We need all staff, board members and mentors to do the following 3 things during the month of February.


  • Join our Outreach Parties 
    Attend one of two Outreach Parties on TBD Date/Time. Our outreach parties are designed to give you an opportunity to connect with fellow BUILDers and block time on your calendar to send out your personal invites. Calendar invites coming soon!


  • Create and Post an Video Invite
    All Board Members, staff, and mentors should create a short video openly inviting people from your network on social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to attend the event. See Roy’s Sample DRAFT Video for inspiration. These social media invite videos can be made from your Smartphone OR on platforms like
  • Videos should be less than 1min
  • Turn Phone Camera Horizontally for widescreen
  • High Energy 

Talking Points for Your Video:

  • “ is launching a new campaign which is focused on changing education in America”
  • (Include a short personal story OR statement on why you love BUILD)
  • “The national kick-off event is on Thursday, March 25th at 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PT.”
  • “A link to sign up is included in the description!” 
  • “This is the virtual event you and your friends don’t want to miss.”
  • “It’s time for Generation E” 
  • Bring 20+ guests to attend the event!
    Lastly, we are asking all staff, mentors and partners to secure 20+ guests to attend the event. Please craft your guest list to include family, friends, colleagues, top executives from other companies, teachers, neighbors, and other individuals who also believe in the power and importance of entrepreneurship, diversity, education, and creating a better future for all. Below is sample email outreach text and talking points that you can copy/paste.

BUILD Community Outreach Email Template

Dear XXX,

 As you may know, I’m incredibly proud of my work at for the last X years. I am excited to invite you to join me virtually as my guest on Thursday, March 25th for BUILDFest, a nationwide event.

This 1 hour virtual event will feature powerful student stories from BUILD’s high school entrepreneurs as they share their personal journeys creating solutions for the greatest challenge of our century.  BUILDfest will also launch our $15M “Gen E” campaign to inspire the next generation of innovators, trail-blazers, and change-makers: Generation Entrepreneur.   


This show is bound to be the virtual event of the year! Please reply to this email and let me know if you are able to attend. You must also register here to receive the event link and to show your support for youth entrepreneurship.

When: Thursday, March 25th at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT (45 min show)

Where: Virtually anywhere!

Who: You, your friends and family, and a community of entrepreneurs from around the world!

P.S. Please share the event link broadly with your friends, family and colleagues. My fellow BUILDers and I have an ambitious goal of 5,000 attendees from across the country and around the world

Social Templates

Short and medium social messages for LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Text

Short Social Messages

BUILDfest National 2021. You will meet Gen E, a generation of entrepreneurs ready to rewrite the narrative of who they are and what they are capable of.

Change isn’t inevitable. It’s intentional. Support the young entrepreneurs who are turning moments into movements. Hear the stories of the young change-makers, risk-takers, and trailblazers across the nation.

It is the time. Let’s redefine everything. Think with a fresh perspective. It will require all of us to inspire and build a new generation to lead us. Are you ready to meet that new generation of entrepreneurs – Gen E? Join us on March 25th for BUILDfest 2021.

On March 25th, you will be introduced to a new generation – Gen E.  A generation no longer interested in fighting the old, but focused on building the new. Young leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, a mindset of giving more than taking, and of choosing the future over the present. Don’t miss it.

On March 25th, you have the opportunity to help us BUILD Gen E, a generation of entrepreneurs who are ready to rewrite the narrative of who they are and what they are capable of. Join BUILD to lead the charge to reimagine public education during the pandemic.

On March 25th, the youth of Gen E invite you to hear their stories of resilience. The time to start is now; join us as we build GEN E together. Generation Entrepreneur. We are Gen E – a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Medium Social Messages

March 25th. Witness the birth of a generation: Gen E – a new generation of entrepreneurs, trail-blazers, and change-makers. Our student entrepreneurs invite YOU to hear their resilience and success stories through pandemic and remote learning. Three top student teams will pitch their innovative digital solutions. Gen E is stepping up to tell their story. Be there.

On March 25th, 12 young entrepreneurs will share how they overcame, persisted, and innovated in COVID. Join us virtually to discover how these youth pivoted by creating digital solutions for their communities in the pandemic. Watch how these high school students used their entrepreneurial mindset to invent for a world struggling with isolation. They are Gen E –– the entrepreneurs we need –– and our best hope to build the future.

On March 25th, join BUILD to hear young entrepreneurs’ personal perspectives solving the century’s greatest challenge. Young entrepreneurs across the nation created solutions to help people thrive mentally and physically in the midst of the pandemic. We invite you to join us at the virtual pitch showcase finale.


Social Graphics

Personalized Social Graphics

Any interested BUILD board members can email to get your own personalized BUILDFest graphic for outreach

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1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right


- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

Follow positioning format Above

Download a Sample of Our Curriculum

Fill out this form to receive a free sample of our curriculum and to receive occasional email updates on how to bring BUILD to your community.