Andrew Green

Andrew Green.

After successfully pitching his idea to a panel of local investors at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) investor panel event in April, Andrew Green was selected as one of 50 semifinalists in the Saunders Scholarship Competition.

On May 3, Green took the stage at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to pitch his business plans to a panel of investors and an audience that included online streaming seen in 23 countries.

Green gained exposure for himself and his business, made new friendships, and experiences that he will carry with him for a lifetime, Chamber officials said.

“There were a lot of highly motivated and smart people at the competition that were truly invested in what they were doing, and it was great to see.” Green said. “I never expected to see so many people near my age striving to start new trends and better the world through their businesses. One of my favorite things about the competition was the surge of support from everyone around me.”

Green said he plans to focus on growing his business, Flamewake Guitars, with the tools he learned through the YEA! program and the confidence he gained through competing at the national level.

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