Sancho Hodges, the creator of TemperBands, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. With playing soccer as one of his favorite sports, he noticed that he got really hot or cold, and he wanted to make a solution. That is how TemperBands was born. He began his company at the age of 13. Little did he know that it would become a successful business. Being raised in the city of Atlanta, a major force in the civil rights movement, he learned the importance of passion, dignity, and intelligence. He will always remember that business isn’t about the money, it’s about commitment. Sancho is Youth Beta Club President for the entire state of Georgia.
Addy Welden of Scooby Snax was born and raised in Newnan, GA. She lives with her Mom and Dad, her two older brothers – Wyatt and Sanders, and of course, her dog, Scooby! Addy began her company Scooby Snax in the summer of 2019 after receiving a dog treat making kit that Christmas. Addy had previously started three other businesses – two through Break Into Business Summer camps, and one with her best friend. Addy belongs to a long line of entrepreneurs; including her grandfather, dad, uncle and brother – so being a risk-taker, and an idea creator is in her genes! Being raised in a small(er) town, Addy is a country girl who loves the outdoors and her animals. Creating an all-natural dog treat that is safe for humans, was an easy solution to buying dog treats that are made with yucky stuff. It helps having lots of family and friends who love dogs as much as Addy – she is always selling out of her Scooby Snax! Outside of running her dog treat business, Addy enjoys riding her bike, spending time with family and friends, singing, and legos! Addy hopes to continue to grow her dog-treat business by offering her customers a healthy alternative for their furry family members.
Instagram – @scoobysnaxdogtreats
Email – email@example.com
Riley Doherty is the CEO & Creative Director of Queenlectics Activewear. Riley was born in Boca Raton, Florida and relocated to the Atlanta Metropolitan area about a year ago. She is 11 years old and in the 5th grade. Riley created the concept for her business a few years ago when she was 9 years old. She attended a sewing camp and later that summer she also attended a communications camp where she decided to sketch a clothing line to pitch to shark judges. She has always loved fashion, creating and being in the spotlight. She was able to launch her dream business through the guidance of the Break into Business Accelerator Program.
Riley is also active with STEM Gems due to her love of science and math. She participates with Girls Who Code. She is a dancer with interest in contemporary, jazz and hip-hop. She is a Girl Scout and top cookie seller. She is a member of Jack & Jill of America. At school, she is a member of the student council, safety patrol and the performing arts club.
Riley constantly says that her goal is to build a “multi-million dollar business”.
Aarush Ganesh, the founder of The Piano Curver, was born and raised in the suburbs of GA. He began his company at the age of 12, while he realized that many people were having the same problems as he had been. Growing up in Forsyth County, Aarush observed the importance of curving his fingers while playing the piano, thanks to his mentor, Ms. Viola Tan, and his mom, a dedicated HR professional. These 2 important teachers form the foundation in which the business of The Piano Curver is built on and grows on. Now, Aarush is still playing the piano and having fun with his brother and parents. He considers himself a tripper-upper, messing one thing up while doing something else.
Graham Hege / Dyslexia Tool Hub
Graham Hege was diagnosed with severe dyslexia at the age of 5. Enrolled in a public elementary school with an IEP, he struggled to get the proven type of instruction necessary to help him. His parents turned to a private tutor who worked one-on-one with Graham helping him to catch-up and stay ahead. Entering middle school, Graham recognized that without his tutor, he could have well been left behind, reading at a first-grade level in fifth grade. He also remembered the challenges his parents faced in understanding how best to help him and where to find that help. From that realization, Dyslexia Tool Hub was born. At the age of 12, Graham became the Founder and President of Dyslexia Tool Hub, a website designed to connect dyslexic students to the tutors, technology, and resources they need to catch-up and stay ahead. In addition to building his business, Graham is a 6th grader at Henderson Middle School and a member of the school’s robotics team. He lives with his moms and two pugs in Decatur.
Ted Jenkin / Oxygen Financial
Lee Heisman / Savant CTS
Sancho Hodges / TemperBands
Addy Welden / Scooby Snax
Riley Doherty / Queenlectics Activewear
Aarush Ganesh / The Piano Curver
Graham Hege / Dyslexia Tool Hub