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Today, Opportunity International and Empact’s Young Entrepreneurs Are at the White House

By Opportunity International

Today, Opportunity International and Empact visit the White House. Empact, formerly known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education, is honoring the country’s top 100 young entrepreneurs on their Empact 100 list at a White House event with senior administration officials from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Opportunity staff member Sonya Perez-Lauterbach, the manager of Young Ambassadors for Opportunity (YAO), will be giving a brief introduction about Opportunity’s work, our partnership with Empact, and sharing a short video about YAO.

Watch the events unfold on the White House’s live video stream at www.whitehouse.gov/live from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Empact’s list showcases the top 100 companies run by young entrepreneurs age 30 or younger who impact our economy and inspire others to join the movement to revitalize our economy by starting a business of their own–their companies employ 2,538 individuals and earn more than $374 million. The list was launched in partnership with Opportunity, the Kaufmann Foundation, Startup America Partnership, and Global Entrepreneurship Week. At the ceremony, twenty of the top young entrepreneurs will pledge to give back their time and wealth to aspiring entrepreneurs. Jason Duff, a member of the YAO national board, young entrepreneur, and the founder of COMSTOR Outdoor, Ltd. will be among the honorees today.

Empact is an organization that aims to alleviate poverty by empowering individuals to live with passion, purpose, and prosperity through entrepreneurship. At Opportunity, we know that by partnering with innovative change agents like Empact, and the young entrepreneurs of our country, together we can end extreme poverty in our lifetimes. Visit iempact.com for more info on their work.

Today’s event kicks off the Future of Entrepreneurship Education (FEE) Summit, taking place November 17-19 in Washington, D.C. at the US Chamber of Commerce as a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The Summit is the first and largest invite-only entrepreneurship conference that brings together entrepreneurship leaders from education, government, foundations, entrepreneur support organizations, and media. They aim to create what they call “an entrepreneurship ecosystem economic stimulus plan.” Instead of keynote speakers sharing their story and lessons learned, they’re sharing ideas for how the entrepreneurship ecosystem could help recover the world’s economy and get it back to full employment. Attendees are playing a role by adding their ideas to the discussion and collaborating to help turn ideas into reality.

Watch the live stream of the FEE Summit at www.feesummit.com/live.

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