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Black Teen Girls In Boston Win $2300 To Fund Their Ventures

by | Aug 17, 2021

On August 12th, 2021, seven Black teen girl entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a three judge panel and an audience of 65 at our inaugural Pitch Night at the More Than Words event space in Boston, Ma.

For 6 weeks, teen entrepreneurs at Get Girls Going (GGG) researched, identified, and learned how to develop unique and innovative solutions for social problems in their community they were passionate about solving. Through the Design Thinking Process, GGG teen entrepreneurs identified real problems of their target audience by conducting empathy surveys with their intended customers and then developed a Business Model Canvas to articulate how their business ideas would meet the needs of their customers. 

View photos from the 2021 Get Girls Going Pitch Night

GGG awarded 4 cash prizes at the 2021 pitch night:

  • First place prize awarded to Tayana Antoine, the founder of Ainoa — $1000
  • Second place prizes were awarded to Daenisha Oliver, founder of Save a Teen and Kaleyah Vatel, founder of Rivers of Eden — $500 each
  • Audience choice was awarded to Ashley Tejeda, founder of Beauty Bloomé Cosmetics — $300

Special thanks to i Automation, Resist, and IT^2 for sponsoring the 2021 Pitch Night!

Teen Entrepreneurs Featured in Get Girls Going’s 2021 Pitch Night:

Ainoa — Tayana Antoine, 16
Najae & Co — Najae Light, 18
Save a Teen — Daenisha Oliver, 15
Rivers of Eden — Kaleyah Vatel, 18
Bridging the Gap — Amalia Whetstone, 17
Fuerza — Nercy Solano Ramirez, 18
Beauty Bloomé Cosmetics — Ashley Tejeda, 15

View photos from the 2021 Get Girls Going Pitch Night

The Judge Panel:

The three judge panel used a GGG developed rubric to measure the quality of each pitch. The rubric was developed to capture the entrepreneurial concepts covered during the 6-week program. The rubric asked judges to pay close attention to teen entrepreneur pitches that had comprehensive descriptions of problem statements, identification of target audiences, branding, cost of solution, prototypes and lastly, a clear description of what social impact their businesses would have.

Eunice Charles

Eunice Charles is the founder of Natralee a natural body care company on a mission to support healthy bodies and a healthy planet. As the daughter of Immigrant and entrepreneurial parents, starting a business was always in her blood, she just wasn’t sure how it would manifest itself. Eunice currently works full-time and is a part-time student. When not studying or at work, she is diligently working on finding new innovative products and sharing resources about sustainability.

Shauna Worrell-Waldron

Shauna Worrell-Waldron is a Registered Nurse in the state of Massachusetts. Shauna was born and raised in Boston, MA. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Health Science from Boston College and a B.S. in Nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Shauna has had a burning passion to become an active individual in the healthcare field assisting others from a young age. Shauna has worked most of her nursing career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit caring for premature babies and their families. Shauna is also a “nursepreneur” working on a brand catered to premature babies and their families. Shauna also enjoys the arts. As a therapeutic hobby she paints bold and beautiful art to encourage and inspire others. She will one day launch an art business and achieve the goal of owning an art studio.

Kennedy Udechukwu

Kennedy Udechukwu is a Sales Engineer with iAutomation. He manages a 2 million dollars B2B sales territory where he is charged with developing and implementing innovative automation solutions to tackle manufacturing challenges. Kennedy has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He received the James Powers Award for highest academic achievement in Electrical Engineering and the Balasubramanian award for the Best Honors Thesis Presentation when he graduated in 2018. During his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, playing soccer and traveling.


We want to send our many thanks to our partners, judges, volunteers and sponsors who helped us make the inaugural pitch night a success. It is because of you that we are able to Get Girls Going.

Black Girl

Entrepreneurship Fund

Support the next generation of social innovators to lead meaningful change

The Black Girl Entrepreneurship Fund is a fundraising campaign to raise funding to support the GGG summer incubator and annual pitch competition. In these unprecedented times, Get Girls Going’s goal to empower Black teen girls to become social entrepreneurs is needed more than ever. Our program has attracted so many young people who are excited to learn about entrepreneurship. We are fundraising to expand our reach for Black teen girls to work on solutions to problems they care about fixing. Most importantly, Black teen girls are looking for spaces where they can be leaders. Thank you for your support!


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