The 5th Annual BUILD Gala



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The 5th Annual BUILD Gala

On behalf of the entire BUILD staff, National Board of Directors, and our youth entrepreneurs, we would like to thank you for making the 5th Annual BUILD Gala a success. With generous contributions from our investors, the Gala raised $1.8 million!

Here are some of our favorite moments from this inspiring evening:

  • BUILD Students showcased their products at the Student Marketplace – many sold out!
  • BUILD Alumnus Jahvita Rastafari shared her story and how BUILD gave her “the confidence to believe this future was possible.”
  • Honoree Nick Woodman energized the crowd by getting guests to chant, “BUILD! BUILD! BUILD!”
  • Founder + CEO of BUILD, Suzanne McKechnie Klahr expressed, “we will not stop until every student has the opportunity to create their best future…we need you!”
  • We announced that Ashton Kutcher will donate full access to his Twitter account, with over 16.7 million followers, for a day to the highest bidder! 

Thank you for celebrating and investing in BUILD and the future of our youth entrepreneurs! Your participation and support will enable us to engage more students in entrepreneurial, experiential based education as we expand nationally.

Check out our event program for more details on the event. 

And, in case you haven’t already seen it, read the profile of our work in the New York Times!

If you would like to see more photos from the event or learn more about how you can get involved in the next gala, email Tom Tang,

The 5th Annual BUILD Gala

Thank you again to our incredible Committee Members and Sponsors.  We can’t do this without you!


  • Kate + Ajay Agarwal
  • Gayle + Ron Conway
  • Jack Dorsey
  • Concepcion + Irwin Federman
  • Cathie + Pitch Johnson
  • Jean Kovacs + Brooks Stough
  • Sarah + Don Lucas
  • Fritzi + David Marston
  • Divya + Ben Silbermann
  • Gideon Yu


  • Marisa Canoles
  • Katrina Dickson
  • Carson Eltoukhy
  • Tarah Evans
  • Liz Laffont
  • Sarah Lucas
  • Larisa Marinas
  • Meghan McMurray
  • McKenna Moreau
  • Liz Nichols
  • Melissa Reyes
  • Elena Schiebel
  • Divya Silbermann
  • Mamei Sun
  • Tom Tang
  • Jill Woodman


  • BUILD Dinner Sponsors
    • Gayle + Ron Conway
      Khosla Ventures
    • Jill + Nick Woodman
  • BUILD Dream Makers
    • Asset Management Company
    • Huifen Chan + Roelof Botha
    • JPMorgan Chase
    • Sean Parker
    • Qatalyst Partners
    • Vista Equity Partners
    • Michelle Yee + Reid Hoffman
    • Gideon Yu
  • BUILD Entrepreneurs
    • BAM Forum
    • Marc Benioff
    • The Chang Family + Sabrina Aery
    • The Eltoukhy + Lucas Families
    • Ernst & Young
    • Goodwin Procter
    • GoPro
    • Greylock Partners
    • Janelle + Michael Grimes
    • Alana Karen
    • Andrea & Bo Moody + Pilar Woodman
    • Morgan Family Foundation
    • Palo Alto University
    • PCH
    • Seven Post – Private Investment Office
    • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    • Waypoint Homes
    • Denise Yamamoto + Josh Hannah
  • BUILD Angel Investors
    • Kate + Ajay Agarwal
    • Cori + Tony Bates
    • CTC | myCFO + BMO Capital Markets
    • Jack Dorsey
    • Concepcion + Irwin Federman
    • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
    • Jean Kovacs + Brooks Stough
    • Liz + Thomas Laffont
    • OCZ Storage Solutions
    • PwC
    • Riverwood Capital + Sageview Capital
    • Shervin Pishevar
    • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Bag Sponsors
    • Maven Ventures


  • Jodi + Gary Beasley
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Blooms Productions
  • Doug Brien + Jim Ellis + Kevin Taweel
  • Marisa Canoles
  • Elaine Deutsch
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  • Jack Dorsey + Square
  • John Legend
  • Juno Power
  • Legacy Limousines
  • Susana Lerner
  • Michael Mina
  • Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
  • Perfect Pixel Photo Booth
  • Rebecca Jean Catering
  • Rebel Coast Winery
  • Red Bull
  • RockBridge
  • Sarah Lucas Designs
  • Johannes Selbach + Selbach-Oster
  • Ben Silbermann + Pinterest
  • Baratunde Thurston
  • Andrew Torelli + e3 Financial
  • WineWise
  • Nick Woodman + GoPro

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BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college & career success.

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