Earlier this month, the leadership team at Sol Systems hosted a luncheon for junior high-school students of the Washington Jesuit Academy (WJA), an enriching and rigorous learning environment for boys in Washington D.C. Yuri Horwitz, Sol Systems’ CEO, George Ashton, Sol Systems’ CFO, and Sudha Gollapudi, Sol Systems’ Director of Strategic Partnerships led a group of 15 students through a discussion on entrepreneurship and then challenged the students to create their own business plans.
The students first split into three groups and brainstormed on business ideas. Once an idea was chosen, each group discussed what it would take to make the business successful as well as how to overcome potential obstacles. The boys embraced the activity and presented well thought-out plans. Two groups came up with similar ideas, an amusement park within D.C.’s city limits while the third group wanted to open a pet store focused on exotic pets.
Through this activity, Sol Systems hoped to foster an entrepreneurial spirit within the boys and to instill in them the process for identifying creative solutions to social, political, and economic challenges in the future. The leadership team was amazed at the enthusiasm and response shown by the students and proud to be able to contribute to their development. “The students were engaged and enthusiastic. It was wonderful to see them focused so intently during the activity and they came up with some fantastic ideas, “ said George Ashton, Sol Systems CFO. “Washington D.C. has been home to Sol Systems since its inception in 2008 and has helped Sol Systems grow into the largest SREC aggregator in the country. The city has been instrumental to our success and we are honored to have the chance to give back.”
The luncheon will be the first of several community-based initiatives hosted by Sol Systems.