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We are thrilled to announce that Trish Walker has stepped up into the role of Board Chair for BUILD Boston’s Advisory Board after 2 years as an active member of the Board.

Now, more than ever, is the time to make history and redefine what it means to be an Entrepreneur. According to Hubspot, approximately 26% of Black Americans identify as Entrepreneurs—that makes them one of the fastest-growing demographic of entrepreneurs in the…

November is National Entrepreneurship Month! BUILD envisions a world where every student, in every public high school across America, is learning to think and act like an entrepreneur. BUILDing Gen E is a growth campaign to build a diverse new…

This month, Ayele Shakur, BUILD CEO, received the 2021 National Alliance of Black School Educators (NASBE) Hall of Fame Award! NABSE is the nation's premier nonprofit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation's children - particularly children…

This school year, BUILD NYC has expanded its reach with the addition of a new school partner, DeWitt Clinton High School located in the Kingbridge neighborhood in the Bronx. Katie Gilbert, a former teacher at BUILD’s longstanding school partner, High…

Ayele Shakur believes that if our country wants to build a strong future for tomorrow, we need to teach young students about entrepreneurship starting today. A veteran classroom educator, Shakur taught for 11 years in the Los Angeles area and in the…

Virtual Event, November 10th, 9am PT/12pm ET RSVP Now! As part of our BUILDing Gen E Campaign, join us and watch BUILD alumni, Aury Fernandez and CEO, Ayele Shakur speak at a special Global Entrepreneurship Week event hosted by Barton LLP! Aury will moderate a…

From November 1st - 30th, we are celebrating entrepreneurs, change-makers, innovators, and job creators who are transforming their ideas into companies and building Career success, Entrepreneurial mindsets, and Opportunity with BUILD. Together, we need to create a generation of young people who are prepared…

State of BUILD Metro DC

Last month, BUILD Metro DC held our inaugural State of BUILD DC. Hosted by BUILD Metro DC’s Regional Executive Director, Karleton Thomas, and our Board Chair, Dora Gougoufkas, the event provided a report on last year’s student achievements as well…

Why I BUILD | Sebastian Hooker

This school year, all New York City students are participating in in-person learning and our mentors are ready to help them transition back to the classroom and BUILD.   BUILD mentor, Sebastian Hooker is eager to reconnect with his students once…

We are excited to officially welcome BUILD Boston's new Regional Executive Director, Betsy Neptune! Betsy comes to us with many years of experience as an executive leader and brings to BUILD wisdom and experience in entrepreneurship, economic development, coaching, team development, and nonprofit management.

BUILD's 2021 - 2022 DESIGN QUESTION“How might we BUILD powerful, thriving communities where EVERYONE enjoys safety, wellness, and economic freedom?”BREAKING NEWSToday, BUILD Launches New Digital Curriculum for Educators! BUILD is excited to launch our Thriving Communities Design Challenge for teachers…

Be a BUILD Mentor 2021-2022

Do you want to make a positive impact in the lives of young entrepreneurs?  Research shows that students who build relationships with caring, consistent adult mentors set higher educational goals, have better school attendance, grow in essential interpersonal and emotional…

Why I BUILD | Mandy Boose

Meet Mandy Boose,  BUILD Bay Area College Access Program Manager What inspires you to work at BUILD? I’m inspired every day by our students, by knowing that each graduating BUILD class is continuing to foster a more equitable, creative, and…

Last month, BUILD Metro DC’s Regional Executive Director, Karleton Thomas, was asked to testify at the DC City Council's Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Budget Oversight Hearing. On July 20th, the DC Council approved on its first vote a FY22 budget that includes several…

BUILD Summer Retreat

Last month BUILD celebrated its annual Summer Retreat week, during which staff took time to pause, breathe, build relationships across regional teams, have fun, share some laughs, and reflect on the past year. Following our national retreat, BUILD Metro DC…

Several months ago, I came across a report on COVID-19's impact on DC students. It was disturbing. It's incredibly tough to read it and not feel for those impacted.There was one particular line in the report that moved me: "Students…

BUILD has made a huge impact on me and I truly appreciate all that they do for their students!- Yarency, BUILD Graduate and Scholarship RecipientAfter an unprecedented virtual school year, BUILD was excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors with a socially distance drive-thru graduation!…

BUILD applauds President Biden for officially making Juneteenth a national holiday. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. We asked our Black Affinity Group at BUILD what Juneteenth means to them. Please watch this…

Many aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those who live in distressed communities, lack the runway capital – funds for space, materials, and support – needed to launch their business. Access to capital is lacking in underserved & minority communities. Even with similar…

BUILD Your ESSER Plan

The BUILD program aligns 100% with ESSER funding requirements. At BUILD.org, entrepreneurship is the spark, college, career, and life success are the goal. Bring BUILD to your school with the ESSER Funding.

BUILDFest NYC 2021 - Equity, Innovation, and Change

On May 19th, we hosted BUILDing Resilience: a conversation with Abadesi Osunsade. Aba, our moderators Christina Luconi & Cendy Moliere, and BUILD students gave an inspiring look at entrepreneurship, resilience, and growth mindset. In case you missed it, check out our virtual venue and get the replay

Celebrate the BUILD Boston Class of 2021 with our 2nd Annual Graduation in a Box -featuring practical and fun items for our seniors as they embark on the next chapter.

Join BUILD Metro DC virtually on May 26th for our annual youth Business Pitch Competition.

It was a week of shoutouts and celebration for BUILD Teachers all across the country

Greater Washington Partnership (GWP) introduced its new Inclusive Growth Strategy Council to recognize inclusive growth as the preeminent moral and economic imperative for the Capital Region. GWP has committed itself to fostering cross-sector collaboration with organizations, such as BUILD, to make sustainable progress in the District.

BUILD Metro DC is proud to match our student entrepreneurs with GWP’s members to change perceptions, grow together and celebrate youth development.

BUILD.org welcomes former BizWorld CEO Thais Rezende as new President   REDWOOD CITY, Calif., (Apr. 19, 2021) — BUILD.org welcomed Thais Rezende as their new President this week. Rezende, who will work closely with CEO Ayele Shakur, will join BUILD’s…

BUILD is poised to create a world where entrepreneurship education is taught to every child in America. The BUILDing Gen E campaign utilizes three pillars to build entrepreneurial mindsets and skills for youth in communities that are often overlooked and underestimated.

BUILD is honored to share this incredible news: Mayor Muriel Bowser has proclaimed March 25th 2021as BUILDFest Youth Entrepreneurship Day in Washington D.C. We hope that this will give visibility to our campaign to BUILD Gen E: a diverse new…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyryXj8chSg&t=6s&ab_channel=BUILD"I have a calling to do something and be the change." - Saribelle, Young Entrepreneur of Feel Temple - BUILD NYC Listen to our BUILDFest 2021 changemakers speak on how they would eliminate racial discrimination. As an entrepreneurial organization working at…

We want to acknowledge the tragic and distributing acts of verbal and physical violence that have been recently directed at the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, including yesterday’s violent mass shootings…

BUILD Celebrates International Women's Day: Meet The Women of BUILDFest National 2021! We are excited to have Arlan Hamilton, Brandice Daniel, and Heidi Zak personally coach our young entrepreneurs during BUILDFest 2021. These three women are leaders in their field,…

#DigitalLearningDay

BUILD celebrates #DigitalLearningDay!  BUILD students have kept motivated, engaged, and productive through this pandemic by participating in BUILD’s Covid-19 Virtual Design Challenge. The VDC is our free online offering that takes our entrepreneurial curriculum to the next level - the virtual…

BUILD a Better You Challenge

The BUILD a Better You Challenge is a fun opportunity to foster community and healthy competition, boost your team’s physical and mental well-being, and share your company’s commitment to advancing racial equity & diversity. All proceeds from the challenge will go to support BUILD’s youth entrepreneurship program for teens!

Mentoring Month

#MentoringMonth - Mentor with BUILD! All through January, BUILD celebrated #NationalMentorMonth with videos and messages from our BUILD mentors. Our posts showcased our mentors personal experiences, and their messages to both future mentors and students. Check our Social Media to see more, and…

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…

BUILD Winter Retreat

BUILD Winter Retreat From December 14th-18th, BUILD Staffers joined together for many relaxing and creative activities as we celebrated our Winter Retreat 2020. That included Meditation and Yoga led by Natasha Coco Benitez and Justine Johnson, respectively. Natasha is a…

Congress just launchedthe Next Generation Entrepreneur Corps Act Read the Full Press Release “The Next Generation Entrepreneurship Corps program will aid in the small business recovery of distressed regions. Similar to BUILD’s impact on our future generation, Entrepreneurship will ignite…

As part of our #BUILDBridges Campaign, join BUILD NYC and our student entrepreneurs for a fireside chat with Lisa Price, the Founder of Carol’s Daughter, and Erica Culpepper, BUILD board member and L’Oreal’s General Manager, Multi-cultural Beauty.

Twitter and Square Co-Founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey donates $3 million through his #StartSmall initiative to support BUILD.org’s digital initiatives that are reimagining education during COVID-19 and beyond. This investment is a lead gift in the BUILD Opportunity campaign focused…

We are thrilled to announce that Christina Luconi, Chief People Officer at Rapid7, is stepping up into the role of Board Chair for BUILD Boston’s Advisory Board. Christina has served on the Board for 2 years and is taking the…

BUILD.org announced today that it has appointed Roy Hirshland, CEO of T3 Advisors, as Co-Chairman of the National Board of Directors for BUILD effective September 22nd. Roy previously served as a National Board member and as Chair of the Boston…

Changemaker Challenge will donate up to $1 million to groups supporting youth and educators leading change September 22, 2020 — Today, Students Rebuild, a Bezos Family Foundation program that mobilizes young people to take action on the world’s most critical…

Original Press Release San Francisco, September 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ BUILD and Comcast NBCUniversal are introducing a new virtual digital curriculum to help teachers and out of school providers as students struggle to adapt to remote learning across the country. BUILD’s…

Published by the Boston Business Journal August 13, 2020 Philanthropy & Nonprofits Q&A By Shafaq Patel – Contributing Writer Read Full Article Summary: “The pandemic has brought to light many of the structural racial and income inequalities in the Boston…

In late June, BUILD NYC premiered our first ever Virtual Flash Pitch Competition and Celebration. Selected from over 40 remarkable teams, six groups pitched to a panel of esteemed judges.https://youtu.be/JYmBeoi4xgwThe social and economic upheaval posed challenges for our students, however,…

In June 2020, BUILD DC created our first-ever week-long online voting experience, Fund a Future! Participants were able to browse student teams, watch video pitches, review financial projections and marketing plans, hear from mentors and teachers, and cast votes for…

We graduated our first cohort of BUILD seniors this June. It was no small feat to ensure that 100% of them graduated on time, particularly during this tumultuous moment in our history. Our students continue to weather multiple storms including…

In the wake of the rising Black Lives Matter movement, the Boston venture capital community has universally declared a commitment to addressing the entrepreneurial inequities in our system. Many now seek channels to put those commitments into tangible action, and…

Official Press Release National nonprofit organizations join forces to support young people with an entrepreneurial mindset   Washington, DC: Two nonprofit organizations – Build.org (www.build.org) and SEED SPOT (www.seedspot.org) – have embraced their entrepreneurial mindset philosophies to impact the communities…

The Elevate Podcast is a podcast about achievement, personal growth and pushing limits in leadership and life. Podcast Host Robert Glazer chats with world-class performers who’ve committed to elevating their own life, pushing the limits of their capacity and helping…

Written By Lauren Schiffman, Contributing Writer for Fifty Plus Advocate By Fifty Plus Advocate Community Advocate Staff Read Fifty Plus Advocate's Article Boston – After graduating from Boston University, Ayele Shakur wanted to be a screenwriter. So, she moved to…

When New York went on pause in March, schools, restaurants and museums shuttered. New Yorkers like many others in the rest of the world faced an uncertain new reality.   Frejoel Munoz, a senior at Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy,…

AT A RECENT press briefing, Massachusetts education commissioner Jeff Riley observed that the crisis of COVID-19 school closures is also “an amazing opportunity to think differently about how we educate our kids.” We couldn’t agree more. Let’s use this chance to…

On January 30th, BUILD Boston hosted the Investor Pitch Challenge at Suffolk University. 29 student teams from our 6 partner schools pitched for seed funding in front of 39 VIP judges from the business community. Judges represented many of our…

Guest Blog Courtesy of Briana Curran, Vice President, Communications and Community Relations at Wells Fargo Entrepreneurs are people with vision, ideas and an incredible sense of persistence. Names like Bill Gates, Martha Stewart and Mary Kay Ash (not well known…

1,000 members of Boston's hottest companies brought their A-games to the Reggie Lewis Track & Field Center to connect and compete at the 7th Annual BUILD Entrepreneur Games on October 24th. Together, we raised over $315,000 for BUILD's youth entrepreneurship…

BUILD Boston is proud of our 38 seniors who graduated this past June with awards, recognition, and acceptances to over 70 colleges.  We also had a BUILD Boston first - two students were named valedictorians, Lenylse from Dearborn STEM Academy…

On Thursday, March 14th, LogMeIn hosted the 2nd Annual InGames tournament benefiting BUILD Boston.  Some of Boston’s hottest local companies including Akamai, CloudHealth by VMware, Drift, HubSpot, Rue Gilt Groupe, Bullhorn, Quick Base, Zipcar and LogMeIn helped raise $31K to…

BUILD Boston is pleased to announce that Tony Bordon, a two-decade veteran of the educational software industry, has joined its Board of Advisors.  Tony is the Managing Director of Spinnaker Analytics, an international data analytics firm providing predictive tools and…

BUILD is proud to announce it has been selected to participate in Stand Together’s Catalyst Program, joining the growing national network of more than 100 high-performing organizations that are transforming communities across the country and helping people break the cycle…

BUILD Boston is excited to announce that Tom Axbey, CEO of CloudHealth, has joined its Executive Committee. "On behalf of BUILD, I am thrilled to welcome Tom Axbey, CEO of CloudHealth, to the Executive Committee of our Board of Advisors"…

On December 18th, BUILD Boston hosted our first Holiday Sales Bazaar at District Hall and the lobby of PwC. The event was a big success for our youth entrepreneurs. We had 100 students representing 7 Boston Public Schools come together…

On October 18, 1,000 members of Boston’s hottest companies laced up their sneaks and brought their A-games to the Reggie Lewis Track & Field Center to connect and compete at the 6th Annual BUILD Entrepreneur Games. More than 70 companies…

Meet the Wells Fargo BUILD Mentoring team. Matt Sands, Matt Maclay, Erica Gentili, and Tiffany Ormon head up a great example of one our unique mentoring formats. The group mentoring program at BUILD allows co-workers to engage with the Greater Boston…

Meet Fred Dalzell. Fred is a writer, a consultant, a professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and was also one the first members of our community. For as long as BUILD has been in Boston, Fred has…

Meet Our Mentors is a series showcasing and introducing members of the BUILD mentorship community. Meet Jay Japra. Jay is an entrepreneur who has been working with BUILD since Fall of 2017. As a young entrepreneur himself, Jay found an…

Meet Our Mentors is a series showcasing and introducing members of the BUILD mentorship community. Meet Cailey Newton. A part of the BUILD community since the fall of 2016, Cailey has been a volunteer mentor for nearly two years. Although…

Ayele Shakur has nearly 30 years of experience as an innovator in urban education. We are thrilled to announce that on June 6, 2018, our National Board of Directors unanimously voted in Ayele Shakur to serve as BUILD’s new CEO. …

“Our journey to the top starts at the bottom!” That was the slogan of Bottom Feeders, winners of the 2018 BUILDFest Pitch Challenge at the Sheraton Boston Hotel Monday night. Bottom Feeders is a business launched and run by Joshua…

BUILD students from six Boston Public High Schools brought in more than $4,600 at our Spring Sales Bazaar at Davio’s on March 28, 2018.  Students pitched their businesses to shoppers from nearby office buildings with about 50 secret shopper judges…

Last week the New York Times published the powerful findings from a recent study on Race and Opportunity in the U.S.  The study looked at data from 20 million American children since 1989 and found that black boys earn less…

Ed Wilson (far left) with his team Orphan Socks. Ed Wilson, the Director of Philanthropy, has been with the BUILD family for a year and a half. He serves the organization as a guide to ensure the promise of BUILD’s…

On February 13, 130 ninth graders from seven Boston Public High Schools convened at MIT for the BUILD Investor Pitch Showcase to present their business plans and request seed funding from a panel of judges recruited from Boston's business community.…

Happy #ThankYourMentor Day!

Happy National Mentoring Month! Over the past few weeks, we have been highlighting a few of our amazing mentors on twitter, facebook, and LinkedIn. Today, on #ThankYourMentorDay, we are thrilled to honor all 164 BUILD Mentors. Our volunteer mentors guide students through…

This holiday season, shop for unique gifts sold by Boston high school students in the BUILD program. Below is a calendar of student selling events in December, 2017. Cash and credit cards accepted at all venues. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Mother…

BUILD Boston announced today that LogMeIn’s President and CEO William Wagner has joined our Board. The largest software company in Boston, LogMeIn is one of the world’s top 10 SaaS companies and has been a supporter and partner of BUILD for…

Brains, brawn, and whatever it takes to win a pony hop race were all in evidence yesterday at the 5th Annual BUILD Entrepreneur Games, held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center in Boston. More than 1,000 participants from…

BUILD stands with DREAMers

BUILD's Executive Committee sent a letter to its staff in response to the Trump Administration's announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). BUILD strives to always put students first and to celebrate the BUILD family and we…

BUILD Boston recently welcomed fifteen high school students into the office to kick off their six-week long journey as MLK Summer Scholars.  The MLK Scholar Program, established by John Hancock Financial, provides Boston youth with summer internships to foster career…

BUILD Boston’s Regional Executive Director, Ayele Shakur, has been selected to join the Barr Fellows Class of 2017 in recognition of her outstanding leadership while serving Boston communities. The Barr Fellow program, established by the Barr Foundation in 2005, is…

Four ninth grade student business teams pitched to guest judges Deval Patrick and former New England Patriot Jerod Mayo at the BUILDFest Pitch Challenge at the Renaissance Waterfront last night. Two students, Elvis Rodriguez and D’Ahmen Holloman, from Madison Park…

LAS VEGAS - Aroma Squeeze, a BUILD student-led business run by four sophomores from the Community Academy of Science and Health, a high school in Dorchester, placed third in the 2017 SAGE USA National Competition, held May 26-28 in Las…

Our 9th grade students have been hard at work this year developing business ideas, pitching to investors, and selling their products to real customers for the first time.  Last week, they competed in the BUILDFest Pitch Challenge Preliminary Round Competition in…

“I don’t think I need to go to college,” said Honeya, a BUILD student, to her mentors. Mentors Ashley and Pallavi were alarmed. BUILD uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to motivate students and help them graduate high school and get…

Ziad Moukheiber is a successful entrepreneur who is CEO of the Boston Harbor Angels, a group of Angel Investors who came together in 2004 to help promising entrepreneurs get their start. He also founded SilverSword, a successful IT consulting company, acquired…

Yesterday, over 150 young entrepreneurs from six Boston high schools came together at MIT to sell their products for the first time at our 9th Grade Spring Sales Showcase. This wasn't an ordinary sales expo: BUILD recruited 50 volunteers from…

BUILD students sold more than $5,700 worth of products at our Spring Sales Bazaar at Davio's on March 30.  At least 300 shoppers from nearby office buildings stopped in to support these young entrepreneurs at our biggest Spring sales event…

Thank You, Mentors!

We’ve been having so much fun celebrating National Mentoring Month on our social media accounts!  Today is International #ThankYourMentorDay and we are here to say THANK YOU to our amazing crew of mentors for the 2016-2017 school year!   Every year our students tell…

The State Street Foundation awarded BUILD a $125,000 grant to support its Youth Entrepreneurship Program for Boston high school students. State Street is a founding supporter of BUILD Boston, and has provided grants to the nonprofit totaling $750,000 over the…

BURLINGTON, Mass., November 29, 2016 – Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI), today announced its official partnership with BUILD, a Boston-based organization that uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to equip youth in under-resourced communities for high-school, college and career success. Through…

BUILD Boston raised more than $650,000 at our five-year anniversary gala, BUILDFest, on October 19 at the Boston Convention Center. The event, with more than 600 guests in attendance, honored Jeff Glass, the organization’s Founding Board Chair, and Mic Williams, Founder…

One hundred high school entrepreneurs will also be showcasing their businesses at the event

Rahn Dorsey, The Chief of Education for the City of Boston, tells us why learning entrepreneurship is important and how programs like BUILD are paving the way for innovation in education.   Join Chief Dorsey in supporting BUILD as we…

Richard Gavegnano, President & CEO of East Boston Savings Bank and a member of the BUILDFest 2016 Host Committee, reflects on why the BUILD program resonated with him and how being an entrepreneur at a young age has shaped his…

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