Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders
This year, 23 students from our Frank & Eileen Accelerator Program for the Leaders of Tomorrow embarked on 17 innovative business ventures through our Incubator and Accelerator programs. With weekly curriculum guidance and mentor consultations, they transformed their ideas into actionable plans. In the Incubator, students tackled real-world problems and prototyped solutions. In the Accelerator, they advanced their businesses by analyzing markets and collaborating with industry experts. The year culminated in a business pitch and networking reception at the 2024 Incubator and Accelerator Showcase.
 
A highlight of the event was Accelerator student Penelope P. ’25 receiving the Atherton Award for her startup, Track Tutoring, which connects students with on-demand tutoring clients, making tutoring more affordable and accessible.
 
The Atherton Award celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in young women, encouraging the next generation of girls to pursue careers in entrepreneurship and STEM. Initially open to schools in the United Kingdom, founder Amber Atherton expanded this notable award to schools in the United States. The winner receives a trophy, a monetary prize for the next phase of their business journey, and mentoring with Ms. Atherton herself.
 
In presenting the award, Ms. Atherton said, “Today I am delighted to recognize Penelope as this year’s Atherton Award winner for starting Track Tutoring. The startup solves two problems: for college students to earn a high wage and find on-demand tutoring clients, and for parents and kids to efficiently access tutors paying by the minute to increase affordability. With this start-up capital and in our mentoring sessions, I’m excited to see Penelope develop her business further.”
 
Through programs like the Frank & Eileen Accelerator Program for the Leaders of Tomorrow, Marlborough students are not just dreaming; they are actively shaping the future with their groundbreaking ventures, driving positive change in the world.

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