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Verizon Presents “Entrepreneurship 101”- As an extension of Verizon’s Innovative Learning program for minority males, music executive, Kevin Liles, will visit Kentucky State University on Monday, June 13th at 12:00 noon at the KSU Hills Center Ballroom, to deliver a lecture on STEM and entrepreneurship amongst the program’s minority, male middle school and college student participants.  During “Entrepreneurship 101,” Liles will share best practices in turning innovative ideas into entrepreneurial ventures and tips on delivering a strong “elevator pitch.”  Students will be tasked with developing creative, tech-focused business ideas and have an opportunity to practice their “elevator pitch” with Liles.

Verizon’s Innovative Learning program for minority males is a two-year program that provides minority, male middle school students hands-on-learning experiences with advanced technology and mentorship.  Launched in the summer of 2015, the Verizon Foundation partnered with four Historically Black Colleges and Universities to facilitate summer science intensive courses giving students exposure to the latest in technology including 3D design, app development, coding and more.  The program also pairs middle school student participants with college students for mentoring throughout the school year.

About Kevin Liles

  • Kevin Liles, Former President of Def Jam Recordings, entertainment/music entrepreneur and philanthropist.
  • Local middle school students who can speak about their experience in Verizon’s Innovative Learning program for minority males

Minority males are severely underrepresented in STEM fields and are less likely to graduate from high school and pursue college. Through Verizon’s Innovative Learning program for minority males, Verizon is empowering a new generation of young minority men by giving them lifelong technology and entrepreneurship skills to build innovations of tomorrow and create brighter futures for themselves and their families.

For more information about the Verizon Foundation, visit http://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility.

Kevin Liles at KSU