2017 Graduate Wins National Competition

Jasmine Adams wins at the national level in October 2017.

NEW YORK, NY — YEScarolina sent two Charleston student entrepreneurs to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, sponsored by the Citi Foundation, in New York City this week.
Colin Posnanski, student at Wando High School and 1st place winner of the Mark E. Motley Foundation State Business Plan Competition, presented his plan for his business, BandzTogether. Jasmine Adams, a recent Bishop England High School graduate, also competed and took home the top honor for her business, Smudgies. The Top 3 finalists shared a prize pool of $35,000, of which Adams received $10,000 to support and advance her growing brand.
This year, over 17,000 students from across the nation created and pitched business plans in their classrooms, with 41 of the best and brightest advancing to this final competition. YEScarolina has sponsored South Carolina’s student entrepreneurs at this national competition since 2012. This is the first time a YEScarolina student has taken first place in the nation’s top competition for student entrepreneurs.
Jasmine Adams is a 2017 graduate of Bishop England High School on Daniel Island, SC. In June of this year, she placed 2nd for her presentation of her business plan for Smudgies in the Mark E. Motley Foundation State Business Plan Competition, hosted by YEScarolina. Smudgies are reusable fabric cloths that can remove makeup without the addition of water. Jasmine says the goal of her business is “to revolutionize the makeup industry by turning makeup application and removal into a more convenient process.”