Welsh Valley Middle School student Anna Welsh has been named one of 26 finalists in the second annual Stellar Startups Competition – a program sponsored by the Philadelphia Media Network celebrating and recognizing the startup community in and around Philadelphia.
Selected by an outside panel of judges, the this year's class of honorees represents "bright and cutting-edge entrepreneurs who are daring and dedicated to creating products and services that improve people's lives while also fueling economic growth of the company."
Welsh, the youngest of all finalists in this year's competition, combined her passion for sewing, learning and protecting the environment to create her company – Little Bags, Big Impact – that produces and sells handcrafted clutch bags from resourced vintage materials. Welsh donates 15% of all proceeds to Tree House Books, an organization dedicated to improving child literacy and education in the North Philadelphia area.
Welsh started her business while participating in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) - a groundbreaking and exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the year-long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies. Welsh was also recently named a semi-finalist in the 2017 YEA! Saunders Scholarship Competition, which brings together the top student businesses from each YEA! class around the country to compete to win scholarship dollars, and business start-up prize packages.
The Stellar Startups awards event will take place Tuesday, September 12 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Institute. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Click here to learn more about Anna and Little Bags, Big Impact on her website.
To read an article about the Stellar Startups program on Philly.com, click here.