Sylvia Scott, Founder of Girls’ C.E.O. Connection presents a monthly series to bring high school girls a new perspective on the strategies female entrepreneurs attribute to their successes as business owners. Interviews are with female entrepreneurs who may be millennials along with the seasoned entrepreneurs. Topics include The Brand Called You; Building Your Success Team; Developing the Leader Within, and many more.
Episode 35: Conversation with Sarah Beatrice Soenke, Director of Marketing and Communication of CU Denver Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship
According to many banking sources, Colorado is leading the way as the best state for women entrepreneurs. It has the highest percentage of women-owned businesses in the country, at 10.39%, so any female entrepreneur who launches a business here will be in good company. The state has a 76.86% startup survival rate and one of the highest percentages of new businesses nationally.
That’s why Sarah and I are talking about women and entrepreneurship and the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship’s role in creating more women entrepreneurs in Colorado. In our conversation, Sarah introduces CU Denver's new master's degree, Masters in Entrepreneurship.
Sarah Beatrice Soenke is the Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at CU Denver’s Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship. Since joining in April 2019, Sarah has helped the Jake Jabs Center launch a new Master’s in Entrepreneurship program, grow its annual pitch competition THE CLIMB, and launch a number of cross-disciplinary programs such as the Rutt Bridges Venture Fund (RBVF) and a local chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO).
Prior to CU Denver, Sarah worked at a variety of Denver-area tech startups and wrote for magazines such as Denver’s City magazine 5280 Magazine; the Northwest Quarterly in Chicagoland, and InStyle Magazine. Sarah earned her MBA at CU Denver in 2022 and her BS in Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. Her passion for storytelling and content creation now informs her work in creating brand narratives that resonate.
CU Denver and the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship were the lead sponsors for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Colorado (WED CO) 2023 Summit Jan. 20, 2023. Junior Achievement sponsored several high school girls from Green Mountain High School and Mapleton Career Prep. The Jake Jabs Center hosts Junior Achievement’s Business Bound summer camp. Sarah explains how the partnership came about, how long the summer camp has taken place, and what’s involved with it. Sponsoring and hosting events like the WED CO Summit and Junior Achievement Business Bound summer camp gives young female entrepreneurs a taste of what it is like to attend a world-class university entrepreneurship program.
To contact Sarah you can connect with her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/sarahsoenke or at Business CU Denver https://business.ucdenver.edu/sarah-soenke.
Episode 34: Anna Brekken, AnnaMade Design Co. and Soaring Together
Anna Brekken is a GenZ high school entrepreneur from Denver Colorado. She is a speaker with a passion for creative writing. Anna believes everyone has an important story to share, and creative writing is the tool to uncover your voice and stand out. With only three greeting card designs Anna opened her Etsy shop, AnnaMade Design Co. She has created over 150 cards, developed her writing skills and met some amazing young entrepreneurs. These young entrepreneurs were great at designing products but struggled with business skills and growing their businesses. Anna saw a need and hosted Soaring Together 2022, an online event in March with over 300 teen attendees and 15 speakers. Contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Instagram at Soaring.together and AnnaMadeDesignCO.
Alyx van der Vorm, CEO and Founder of Clyx, The Newest Way To Connect With Friends
Meet Alyx van der Vorm, CEO and Founder of the app Clyx, the newest way to find out where your friends are hanging out or places to meet potentially new friends. Why is it easier to order food than to connect with friends. Alyx is from London England and now based in Miami Florida. She attended Harvard and during the pandemic spent her free time developing the new app. Check it out at https://www.clyx.app.
If you have questions for Alyx or want to connect reach out to her at email@example.com or on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/alyxvdv/
Emma Biggs, Young Female Canadian Entrepreneur and Co-host of The Food Garden Life Show
16-year-old Emma Biggs is a podcaster, blogger, public speaker, and published author (Gardening with Emma. Grow and Have Fun). She is an entrepreneur and gardener with 150 varieties of tomatoes in her garden. Seeds for these tomatoes are available through Emma's website, https://www.emmabiggs.ca. Follow Emma on Instagram @emmabiggs_grows.
Deena Birashk & Shahira Qudrat of HyphenBox
Afghan-American mother-daughter entrepreneurs, Deena Birashk and Shahira Quadrat talk about the launch of their gift-box business, HyphenBox. Created as a way to solve the problem of what to give to someone who has everything and considers themself to be a hyphenated American. The gift boxes celebrate the heritage, connection, and culture of Afghan-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Chinese-Americans, and Desi-Americans. You can find them on https://hyphenbox.com and on Instagram at the_hyphen_box. To contact Deena and Shahira go to the website's contact page at https://hyphenbox.com/contact.
Episode 30 Leslie Grossman, Her Circle Leadership
Creating Your Circle of Leaders While Networking for Success