Troy, MI, May 15, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- On Wednesday, students from six different Detroit Public Schools presented model business plans to a panel of distinguished judges in the metro Detroit area as part of a program designed to improve entrepreneurial skills.
Antoine Dubeauclard, president of Media Genesis, was among the judges evaluating the students’ business plans and highly supports the program - Improving Detroit through Entrepreneurship Advancement (IDEA).
IDEA exposed students to area business professionals and gave them hands-on learning experiences devoted to planning, marketing, finance, intellectual property protection and other relevant topics.
“Getting students engaged with professionals at an early age to give them an advanced view of the professional world is invaluable, Dubeauclard said. “It allows them to realize these sorts of opportunities are attainable and provides a reason for continuing their academic studies and building foundational skills.”
The opportunity for the students to plan and present business ideas closes out this year’s program with a ceremony and awards luncheon where the top teams of students were presented with scholarships.
“The IDEA program is a great example of a partnership between public and private sector,” Dubeauclard said. “The program is the result of a partnership with Detroit Public Schools Office of Career and Technical Education and Foley & Lardner along with other corporate supporters.”
The schools involved were:
Breithaupt Career and Technical Center
Crockett Career and Technical Center
Davis Aerospace Technical High School
Detroit School of Arts
Golightly Career and Technical Center
Randolph Career and Technical Center
Dubeauclard also sits on academic boards for four secondary academic institutions and on the board of Beyond Basics, a Detroit based literacy program. As an entrepreneur, Dubeauclard is the president of Media Genesis (www.mediaG.com), a highly successful web development company located in Southeastern Michigan. Dubeauclard was also voted to Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40. Media Genesis recently launched www.InternInMichigan.com a web site funded by a Department of Labor Wired Grant to place Michigan students in Michigan companies for summer internships.