Monday Morning Inspiration: Young Entrepreneurs Honored in NYC

Congratulations to Vincent Quigg for winning the 2012 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge — and $25,000 — in this month’s Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship competition.

With his company TechWorld, Vincent tricks out and repairs mobile phones. The 18-year-old Californian is currently focusing on Apple devices, and offers to repair an iPhone for just $80 — and in only 45 minutes.

Vincent is just one of the young entrepreneurs being honored at this year’s competition in New York City. One finalist made duct tape wallets and another team made an herbal cream for relieving muscle and joint pain.  Other competitors made unique earrings and eco-friendly dresses. One teen even launched a business hosting lip gloss-making parties. You can watch all the competitors pitches here.

“Even after 25 years, I am continually amazed by the dedication, passion and creativity of these budding entrepreneurs,” said Steve Mariotti, founder of NFTE in a press release. “With youth unemployment sky-rocketing, it’s a privilege to be a part of the solution and to be able to provide the tools and the means like the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge offers, to not only help our students recognize business opportunities but to ultimately create sustainable living.”

Watch Vincent’s elevator pitch here: