Suitland student wins Bowie State business competition -- Gazette.Net


Jacob Werzinsky, 14, of Suitland will be stocking up on paper and pencils this fall, but not because he needs them for school himself.

He’ll be picking up the supplies for his tutoring business, which he plans to launch with the help of a $1,000 prize from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Summer BizCamp.

Werzinsky, a rising 10th grader at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, won the camp’s business plan competition July 18 at Bowie State University after pitching his proposed peer-to-peer tutoring service called “Tutoring Young Minds.”

“I’m the type of student who doesn’t have any trouble learning in class and I see others who actually struggle and it gave me the idea to come up with the tutoring service,” Werzinsky said.

Students would tutor their struggling peers and help them acclimate to technology integration in the classroom, he said. The company’s goal would be to help improve the community by developing young minds and helping them reach greater heights, Werzinsky said.

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Summer BizCamp is a two-week program that teaches students the basics of entrepreneurship through classroom lessons, field trips, guest speakers, and the business plan competition, according to the NFTE website.