FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - With schools closed many teens do not have leadership opportunities outside of the classroom.
“When there are challenging times that's when innovation probably is at its highest,” said Lena Yarian, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana President. “Things that may have not been a business opportunity in the past now becomes a need, and given the encouragement, they can fulfill some of those needs.”
“We did a survey of teens and found that the level of interest for starting a business is about the same as it was three years ago,” said Ed Grocholski, Junior Achievement Senior Vice President of Brand. “Sixty-six percent of teens said they would likely consider starting a business.”
Students from across the country asked the entrepreneurial panelists questions about starting a business.
Yarian says teen leaders should not look at what has been taken away by COVID-19, but the opportunities the pandemic has created instead.
“You look at the strength of our region and the number of entrepreneurs that have come from this region… They are major employers and major innovators,” Yarian said. “In a region like ours, we are going to grow because of our local entrepreneurs.”
To view a recorded version of ‘Why Entrepreneurship Now: A Virtual Event for America's Teens’ click here.