BUILD in the News

Channel 5 Cityline | September 6, 2020

CityLine: September 6, 2020: CEO Ayele Shakur and Dr. Charles Grandson, Chief Equity and Strategy Officer, BPS 

BUILD Boston is on a mission make a path for future entrepreneurs to succeed and start their own small businesses. Many of them are from under-sourced communities, and BUILD wants to make sure beyond high school and college, the path to success is attainable. Ayele Shakur, CEO of, and Dr. Charles Grandson, Chief Equity and Strategy Officer for the Boston Public Schools, join CityLine host Karen Holmes Ward to talk about giving students necessary tools.

Boston 25 News | January 23, 2019

BUILD Students Becoming CEOs of their Own Lives 

Fall 2019 Production by Maggie Hennessey and the Boston 25 News Team.

WBZ-tv CBS boston | October 24, 2019

‘Entrepreneur Games’ Help Support Boston High Schools

Playing games for a good cause, that’s what happened today at the “Entrepreneur Games” at Roxbury Community College. WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben reports.

Boston 25 News | OCtober 24, 2019

BUILD Entrepreneur Games Raises over $300K for Youth Entrepreneurs

2019 BUILD Entrepreneur Games featured on Boston 25 News.

NECN | June 6, 2019

Young Entrepreneurs Win Shark Tank-Style Competition

Dust Mac on NECN
Program Director Kenny Roberts joined winning Team Dust Mac students Missoura and Nelson on NECN.

Boston 25 News | June 5, 2019

Boston 25 News BUILDFest 2019

Boston 25 News
2019 BUILDFest Competition featured on Boston 25 News.

Boston Business Journal | May 28, 2019

Kevin O’Leary to local teen-aged pitch competitors: ‘Bring your A game’

Kevin O'Leary
“For some people, it’s going to be a great night; for others, not so much.” That’s the promise made by Kevin O’Leary, also known as “Mr. Wonderful” from Shark Tank, to the teen-aged contestants of an upcoming Shark Tank-style pitch competition in Boston on June 4.

Channel 5 CityLine | May 26, 2019

CityLine: Sunday May 26, 2019: BUILD Boston-Kenny Roberts & Robert Glazer of Acceleration Partners

BUILD Boston on Channel 5 CityLine
BUILD Boston is using entrepreneurship to spark interest in teens who are from communities with limited resources. Kenny Roberts, program director for BUILD Boston and Robert Glazer, founder & CEO of Acceleration Partners joined CityLine host Karen Holmes Ward.

Channel 5 WCVB | May 22, 2019

Channel 5 WCVB A+: Spotlight on BUILD at the Burke High School

Channel 5 WCVB
Burke High School sophomores Katio Barbosa and Joshua Ramgeet took top honors for their “Bottom Feeders” shoe protector.

KISS 108 | April 9, 2019

Kevin O’Leary Calls Into Matty in the Morning!

Matty in the Morning
Kevin O’Leary Calls Into Matty in the Morning! Tune in at 7:45 minute mark to hear a shout out to BUILD and BUILDFest.

NECN | September 12, 2018

CEO Corner: WeWork Success Stories

CEO Corner
BUILD CEO, Ayele Shakur, is on NECN’s CEO Corner talking about why BUILD made the decision to transition from a traditional office space into our new home at WeWork.

Beasly Media Group (Alt 92.9, Hot 96.9, 105.7 WROR, Country 102.5) | July 29, 2018

BUILD’s Director of Philanthropy on Greater Boston Today

Radio Interview
George Knight interviews our Director of Philanthropy Ed Wilson on “Greater Boston Today with George Knight.”

Boston Business Journal | July 26, 2018

Student of entrepreneurship: Ayele Shakur inspires the next generation of CEOs

Boston Business Journal
When Ayele Shakur moved from Boston to Los Angeles in the early 1990s, she intended to make a name for herself as a Hollywood screenwriter. She ended up on a path to her current position as chief executive of BUILD, an entrepreneurship program for high schoolers.

Inc Magazine | June 28, 2018

This Group Has Figured Out How to Teach Kids Entrepreneurship. You Can Learn From It, Too

Inc. Magazine
American students have years of history, English, and calculus lessons–yet they have had no hands-on, experiential learning to prepare them to compete in the workforce.

CBS Boston | February 23, 2018

BUILD Gives Boston Students Tools To Become Entrepreneurs

CBS News
Boston is a hub of economic activity, but not always opportunity, which is where Ayele Shakur comes in.

Boston Globe Magazine | September 27, 2017

5 ways K-12 schools are changing longstanding teaching methods

Mentoring Magic: Research shows that having caring adult role models improves young people’s academic achievement and emotional well-being, and helps them forge positive identities.

BUILD’s Founder & CEO Suzanne McKechnie Klahr shares a pivotal moment of reinvention, two valuable mentors, and her goals for BUILD.

“Double Charge” is this year’s winner of “Buildfest,” a competition in which students at Boston Public Schools pitch their most inventive ideas.

On Tuesday night, four of the program’s teams pitched a VIP panel on products ranging from spoon holders to sock puppets.

Founders Wire | June 7, 2017

Student Stars Pitch VIPs at BUILDFest

Student entrepreneurs and their benefactors got a double charge of innovation at Tuesday night’s BUILDFest.

A group of teenagers from Dorchester’s Community Academy of Science and Health won third place in a national entrepreneurship competition in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

@HUBweek on Medium | April 12, 2017

HUBweek Change Maker: Ayele Shakur

Before I came to BUILD, I ran a nonprofit tutoring center and before that I was a classroom teacher, so I witnessed firsthand how important student engagement is. Motivation makes all the difference.

BostInno | December 8, 2016

Here Are the Winners for 50 on Fire 2016

After months of mounting excitement, we announced this year’s winners of our 50 on Fire awards at our annual blowout celebration on Wednesday night. Our 50 winners comprise individuals and organizations pushing innovation in and around Boston.

BUILD Students
Through this partnership, Endurance will donate $100,000 in 2017 to impact the lives of approximately 400 Boston students and empower them to reach their fullest potential by completing high school prepared for future success.

Dorchester Reporter | November 17, 2016

Comcast Internet Essentials Presentation

Comcast and BUILD
Comcast Corporation Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, David L. Cohen handed out free laptops at the Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester last Thursday to 70 high school students in the BUILD program for young entrepreneurs.

Venkat Srinivasan
Profile of BUILD Boston Board Member Venkat Srinivasan who was honored with the Philanthropy Award at the New England Choice Awards gala.

Mass NonProfit News | October 22, 2016

BUILD Boston Raises $650K at Gala, Beating Its Goal by 30%

Ayele Shakur with Hodari Cail
The event, held Oct. 19 at the Boston Convention Center, had aimed to raise $500,000 and attract 500 attendees, but surpassed both goals by 30% and 20%, respectively.

Everett | Fall 2016

The Future Giver

Ayele Shakur
BUILD Boston’s Regional Executive Director Ayele Shakur is interviewed in Boston University’s Questrom School of Business Magazine.

NECN | October 12, 2016

Making the Grade

BUILD on Making the Grade, NECN
High school students in Boston are getting the chance to learn about the business world while gaining valuable life skills.

NewTV | October 12, 2016

Innovation Showcase with Jay Sugarman

Ayele Shakur and Jorge Santana
Ayele Shakur and Jorge Santana – BUILD Boston’s Regional Executive Director and Program Director – are guests on this episode of Innovation Showcase.

Charlestown High BUILDers
Students at Charlestown High School are learning the fundamentals of business and marketing — all while earning college credit.

The Bay State Banner | September 28, 2016

‘Inclusive innovation’ the topic of Rox HubWeek panel

Inclusive Innovation Panel
The Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Square was transformed into a marketplace for local entrepreneurs and a site for thoughtful discussions on creating an inclusive innovation ecosystem and supporting local entrepreneurs who have already taken the leap.

Charlestown Patriot Bridge | July 8, 2016

Ninth Graders Showcase Entrepreneurial Skills

Charlestown High
The 5th Annual BUILD Business Plan Competition was held at the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston on Saturday, June 4th. More than 125 Boston high school freshmen gathered in teams to pitch their business plans to a panel of volunteer judges comprised of Boston business leaders, for the chance to win up to $1000 in cash prizes.

The Boston Globe | June 21, 2016

BUILD muscle, raise money

At the fourth annual BUILD Entrepreneur Games, thousands from Boston’s business community will participate in mental and athletic challenges with the goal of raising $200,000 for BUILD Boston.

Wicked Local Stoughton | June 14, 2016

Stoughton’s Graziano attends youth business contest

Frank Graziano
BUILD board member and PwC partner Frank Graziano of Stoughton recently attended BUILD Boston’s fifth annual Youth Business Plan Competition.

Wicked Local Winchester | June 11, 2016

Winchester natives attend Boston youth competition

Amy Villeneuve
Winchester natives Amy Villeneuve, former vice president of Amazon and current president and chief operating officer of Amazon Robotics, and Richard Vieira, vice chairman of technology at Stifel Financial Corp. attended a competition that marked the culmination of a year of hard work by more than 120 ninth-graders and their mentors.

BUILD Boston’s 5th annual Youth Business Plan Competition was held June 4th at Suffolk University and the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston.

Some Burke students sought their own way to heal and give back after the tragedy.

CEO Kimberlee Freeman and CMO Jeysaun Gant of Aroma Squeeze, alongside BUILD Boston Executive Director Ayele Shakur, discuss the company and the competition it won.

The Boston Globe | June 6, 2016

Teens learn business through BUILD competition

Aroma Squeeze - 2016 BPC Winners
A number of local business leaders gathered at the Omni Parker House on Saturday, there to assess student projects as volunteer judges of the fifth annual BUILD Business Plan Competition.

BUILD students team up with Skedaddle to practice pitching in the streets.

The Huffington Post | January 31, 2016

In Boston, Student MBTA Passes Are an Equity Issue

The Huffington Post
The MBTA’s planned fare hike on student passes puts an unfair burden on low income families, by Ayele Shakur

The Huffington Post | January 14, 2016

It’s January — Time to Choose a New School

The Huffington Post
How to choose the best school for your child, by Ayele Shakur | December 28, 2015

With Entrepreneurship, Mentoring Makes All the Difference

Mentoring Makes All the Difference, by Ayele Shakur

BUILDFest 2015 Wrapup

The Boston Globe | November 12, 2015

In Dorchester, US education chief touts Mass. schools

Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits BUILD class at Burke High, Dorchester

Closing the Achievement Gap, by Ayele Shakur

Entrepreneurship is the Driving Force for BUILD

South End News | September 17, 2015

Parents’ Corner

Back to School Tips, by Ayele Shakur

BNN News | September 2, 2015

BUILD Greater Boston Head on New BPS Year

New Developments in Boston Schools, Live Interview with Ayele Shakur

Entrepreneur Games sets fundraising record

Student Business Incubator Opens at Burke High

The Boston Globe | June 10, 2015

BUILD brings start-up incubators to Boston students

PwC Helps Launch BUILD Student Incubators

Mayor Walsh Cuts the Ribbon at New BUILD Incubator

Wise Reflections Blog | March 18, 2015

Brilliant Teenagers from BUILD Offered College Counseling

Counseling at MHS
BUILD students get college counseling from McMillan, Howland & Spence

GoPro CEO Never Let Yourself Stop Being a Startup Bloomberg Business
Why GoPro CEO Nick Woodman Loves BUILD

The New York Times | March 6, 2015

The Excitement of Learning from Profit and Loss

BUILD is Changing the Game for High School Students in the U.S.

Chronicle TV | January 28, 2015

Richard Futrell: Fulfilling His Promise

Richard Futrell Fulfilling His Promise Chronicle WCVB Home
Mentoring Helps BUILD’s Richard Futrell Fulfill His Promise

Comcast Newsmakers NE | April 25, 2014

Comcast Newsmakers: Ayele Shakur

Comcast Newsmakers
Ayele Shakur joins Newsmakers to discuss the BUILD program

Tim Ferriss at the Burke
Tim Ferriss visits BUILD students at Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester

The Boston Globe | October 3, 2014

More than 40 seek Boston school superintendent job

Boston Globe
Ayele Shakur interviewed on search for BPS Superintendent

Start Ups Compete for Charity in BUILD’s Entrepreneur Games

Grand Circle Foundation Newsletter | May/June 2013

Gutsy Leaders: Ayele Shakur

Ayele Shakur
Ayele Shakur is profiled by the Grand Circle Foundation