BUILD in the News

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

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.

Inc Magazine | June 28, 2018

CBS News
BUILD Gives Boston Students Tools To Become Entrepreneurs

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

CBS Boston | February 23, 2018

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.

Boston Globe Magazine | September 27, 2017

Suzanne McKechnie Klahin Forbes
How Jack Dorsey Is Helping Build This Non-Profit

BUILD’s Founder & CEO Suzanne McKechnie Klahr shares a pivotal moment of reinvention, two valuable mentors, and her goals for BUILD. | August 29, 2017

BULDFest Pitch Challenge on NBC
Boston Teens Pitch Ideas in Shark-Tank-Like Competition

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

NBC Boston | June 7, 2017

BULDFest Pitch Challenge in the Boston Business Journal
High school entrepreneurs pitch Gov. Patrick, former Patriot Jerod Mayo

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

Boston Business Journal | June 7, 2017

BULDFest Pitch Challenge in Founders Wire
Student Stars Pitch VIPs at BUILDFest

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

Founders Wire | June 7, 2017

Aroma Squeeze on Fox 25
Dorchester teens take third at national entrepreneurship competition

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.

Fox 25 News | May 28, 2017

Ayele Shakur: Change Maker
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.

@HUBweek on Medium | April 12, 2017

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.

BostInno | December 8, 2016

BUILD Students
Endurance Partners with BUILD to Help Educate and Empower Boston’s Youth

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.

Yahoo Finance | November 29, 2016

Comcast and BUILD
Comcast Internet Essentials Presentation

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.

Dorchester Reporter | November 17, 2016

Venkat Srinivasan
Venkat Srinivasan: Quietly Making a Difference With Time, Money and Philanthropy

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

India New England News | October 24, 2016

Ayele Shakur with Hodari Cail
BUILD Boston Raises $650K at Gala, Beating Its Goal by 30%

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.

Mass NonProfit News | October 22, 2016

Ayele Shakur
The Future Giver

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

Everett | Fall 2016

BUILD on Making the Grade, NECN
Making the Grade

High school students in Boston are getting the chance to learn about the business world while gaining valuable life skills.

NECN | October 12, 2016

Ayele Shakur and Jorge Santana
Innovation Showcase with Jay Sugarman

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

NewTV | October 12, 2016

Charlestown High BUILDers
High School students learn pathways to entrepreneurship with BUILD

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

The Bay State Banner | October 5, 2016

Inclusive Innovation Panel
‘Inclusive innovation’ the topic of Rox HubWeek 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.

The Bay State Banner | September 28, 2016

Charlestown High
Ninth Graders Showcase Entrepreneurial Skills

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.

Charlestown Patriot Bridge | July 8, 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.

The Boston Globe | June 21, 2016

Frank Graziano
Stoughton’s Graziano attends youth business contest

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

Wicked Local Stoughton | June 14, 2016

Amy Villeneuve
Winchester natives attend Boston youth competition

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.

Wicked Local Winchester | June 11, 2016


More than 120 ninth graders compete in ‘Shark Tank’-style competition

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

Bay State Banner | June 16, 2016

After the shootings: Burke family comes together to help and heal

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

Dorchester Reporter | June 15, 2016

High School Students’ ‘Aroma Squeeze’ Wins Competition

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.

NECN | June 8, 2016

Aroma Squeeze - 2016 BPC Winners
Teens learn business through BUILD competition

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.

The Boston Globe | June 6, 2016

Why a Boston startup has high-schoolers handing out fliers

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

The Boston Globe | April 8, 2016

The Huffington Post
In Boston, Student MBTA Passes Are an Equity Issue

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

The Huffington Post | January 31, 2016

The Huffington Post
It’s January — Time to Choose a New School

How to choose the best school for your child, by Ayele Shakur

The Huffington Post | January 14, 2016

With Entrepreneurship, Mentoring Makes All the Difference

Mentoring Makes All the Difference, by Ayele Shakur | December 28, 2015

BUILD Greater Boston honors Sen. Markey, Walter Prince and Jeff Fagnan at BUILDFest

BUILDFest 2015 Wrapup

Wicked Local | November 14, 2015

In Dorchester, US education chief touts Mass. schools

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

The Boston Globe | November 12, 2015

Boston Can Lead The Way To Closing The Achievement Gap

Closing the Achievement Gap, by Ayele Shakur

WBUR | November 6, 2015

Entrepreneurship is Driving Force for BUILD and Igniting Boston’s Youth

Entrepreneurship is the Driving Force for BUILD

VentureFizz | November 4, 2015

Parents’ Corner

Back to School Tips, by Ayele Shakur

South End News | September 17, 2015

BUILD Greater Boston Head on New BPS Year

New Developments in Boston Schools, Live Interview with Ayele Shakur

BNN News | September 2, 2015

Sights and Sounds: The 3d Annual BUILD Entrepreneur Games

Entrepreneur Games sets fundraising record

BostInno | June 26, 2015

Business Incubator Opened At Dorchester High School

Student Business Incubator Opens at Burke High

CBS | June 10, 2015

BUILD brings start-up incubators to Boston students

PwC Helps Launch BUILD Student Incubators

The Boston Globe | June 10, 2015

City to unveil business incubator at Dorchester high school

Mayor Walsh Cuts the Ribbon at New BUILD Incubator

The Boston Herald | June 9, 2015

Counseling at MHS
Brilliant Teenagers from BUILD Offered College Counseling

BUILD students get college counseling from McMillan, Howland & Spence

Wise Reflections Blog | March 18, 2015

GoPro CEO Never Let Yourself Stop Being a Startup Bloomberg Business
GoPro CEO: Never Let Yourself Stop Being a Startup

Why GoPro CEO Nick Woodman Loves BUILD

Bloomberg TV | March 10, 2015

The Excitement of Learning from Profit and Loss

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

The New York Times | March 6, 2015

Richard Futrell Fulfilling His Promise Chronicle WCVB Home
Richard Futrell: Fulfilling His Promise

Mentoring Helps BUILD’s Richard Futrell Fulfill His Promise

Chronicle TV | January 28, 2015

Comcast Newsmakers
Comcast Newsmakers: Ayele Shakur

Ayele Shakur joins Newsmakers to discuss the BUILD program

Comcast Newsmakers NE | April 25, 2014

Tim Ferriss at the Burke
Tim Ferriss imparts entrepreneurial wisdom at Boston’s Burke High School

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

betaBoston | October 30, 2014

Boston Globe
More than 40 seek Boston school superintendent job

Ayele Shakur interviewed on search for BPS Superintendent

The Boston Globe | October 3, 2014

Boston Startups Will Compete for Charity in the Entrepreneur Games This Thursday

Start Ups Compete for Charity in BUILD’s Entrepreneur Games

BostInno | June 17, 2014

Ayele Shakur
Gutsy Leaders: Ayele Shakur

Ayele Shakur is profiled by the Grand Circle Foundation

Grand Circle Foundation Newsletter | May/June 2013