SQUARE1 SEEKING HONOREE NOMINATIONS FOR 2022 HIGH SCHOOL PITCH EVENT
Thomas More University headlines the event by providing financial support to young innovators.
Each year Square1 introduces entrepreneurship to hundreds of high school students in the region through their NEXT program. The students are not only exposed to the startup concepts but gain many highly valued work skills. They become innovators, strong communicators, and are better positioned to be leaders in their communities and careers.
Square1’s annual Final Pitch Event showcases the top student ideas from the NEXT program. The top teams and dozens of other hard-working students are invited to network with local professionals, share their experiences, and benefit from new opportunities. One such opportunity this year is delivered by Thomas More University.
Thomas More plans to provide scholarships to trailblazing students in the region, including a first-place, full-tuition scholarship, a second-place $25,000 scholarship, and a third-place $22,000 scholarship.
At this event, Square1 highlights leaders in the community that stand as examples of where innovation and entrepreneurship can take our students. For the first time, Square1 is accepting honoree nominations from the community for the following four awards:
Entrepreneur Leadership Award – An active entrepreneur, leading a growing organization that has achieved a significant level of success.
Entrepreneur Support Award – An investor, educator, or partner that shares their time, talent, and/or to help entrepreneurs to succeed.
Community Innovator Award – Not necessarily an entrepreneur, but someone who shows an innovative mindset to improve our community.
Entrepreneur Engagement Award – An entrepreneur that engages in the community through education, board involvement, or other community leadership engagements.
Nominations are accepted via a simple online form found at https://ideastartgrow.com/nominate. The hope is that honorees not only represent the qualities described but have an interest and passion for helping the youth of our region be better prepared for their NEXT.
Square1, with locations in Covington and Cincinnati, seeks to uncover, educate, support, and inspire emerging entrepreneurs and leaders, who ultimately create opportunities for themselves and others by overcoming the many obstacles life poses. This mission is achieved through the NEXT program, which works with high school students to teach how innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset can change their life’s trajectory. Schools and students from across Greater Cincinnati participate in this region-wide innovation and work skills education and development program.
About Thomas More University
For 100 years, Thomas More has created a university for the student who wants to Be More, Do More, Seek More, Win More, Achieve More, and Create More. Since its founding in 1921, Thomas More has provided a mission-driven, liberal arts education that is based in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Students learn to harness the power of human reason to solve problems and discover truth, which allows them to begin the journey to become the person they were created to be. Entering into the second century, it’s time for More. Serving more than 2,000 students, Thomas More aspires to be the premier Catholic university in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, to build upon the #1 ranking for long term gain in Kentucky (2019 Georgetown study) and share with this generation the transformative power of the Thomas More experience. To find out more, visit thomasmore.edu.