BUILD Boston News & Updates


Ninth Graders Showcase Entrepreneurial Skills in the BUILDFest Pitch Challenge

Four ninth grade student business teams pitched to guest judges Deval Patrick and former New England Patriot Jerod Mayo at the BUILDFest Pitch Challenge at the Renaissance Waterfront last night. Two students, Elvis Rodriguez and D’Ahmen Holloman, from Madison Park High in Roxbury, won the first place prize of $2,000 […]

Double Charge wins the BUILDFest Pitch Challenge.

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BUILD Students Place 3rd in National Competition; Featured on FOX25

LAS VEGAS – Aroma Squeeze, a BUILD student-led business run by four sophomores from the Community Academy of Science and Health, a high school in Dorchester, placed third in the 2017 SAGE USA National Competition, held May 26-28 in Las Vegas, NV. The teens were featured on FOX25 News. Aroma […]


Meet the 2017 BUILDFest Pitch Challenge Finalists

Our 9th grade students have been hard at work this year developing business ideas, pitching to investors, and selling their products to real customers for the first time.  Last week, they competed in the BUILDFest Pitch Challenge Preliminary Round Competition in front of over 30 business and community leaders serving as […]

BUILDFest Pitch Challenge Finalists

BUILD Students Visit Google

One Way to Inspire Students to Stay in School

“I don’t think I need to go to college,” said Honeya, a BUILD student, to her mentors. Mentors Ashley and Pallavi were alarmed. BUILD uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to motivate students and help them graduate high school and get accepted to college. This is the mission that Ashley and […]


Boston Harbor Angel, Ziad Moukheiber, Mentors BUILD 9th Graders

Ziad Moukheiber is a successful entrepreneur who is CEO of the Boston Harbor Angels, a group of Angel Investors who came together in 2004 to help promising entrepreneurs get their start. He also founded SilverSword, a successful IT consulting company, acquired by NSK INC, that provides an outstanding customer service experience […]


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Judges Choose the Winners of BUILD’s Student Sales Showcase

Yesterday, over 150 young entrepreneurs from six Boston high schools came together at MIT to sell their products for the first time at our 9th Grade Spring Sales Showcase. This wasn’t an ordinary sales expo: BUILD recruited 50 volunteers from businesses across Boston to serve as “secret shoppers” who evaluated […]


BUILD Students Bring in Over $5,700 in Sales at Spring Sales Bazaar 1

BUILD students sold more than $5,700 worth of products at our Spring Sales Bazaar at Davio’s on March 30.  At least 300 shoppers from nearby office buildings stopped in to support these young entrepreneurs at our biggest Spring sales event ever. For a 15 year-old to be able to take […]

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Gina Mittal, Community Engagement Manager at BUILD

Introducing Gina, BUILD Boston’s Community Engagement Manager

We’re excited to welcome Gina Mittal to the BUILD team this week! Gina is our new Community Engagement Manager and will oversee our mentoring program. She holds an MSW and brings a wealth of experience in youth development and community engagement to the table. Our students and mentors couldn’t be […]