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Baltimore students get rapper Sean Combs as a client

This Friday 20 Baltimore high school students are hopping on a bus to New York to present their marketing plans to Bad Boy Entertainment, rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs’ recording label.

The trip is sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s Baltimore affiliate and the students have collectively worked on three proposals: 1) the importance of micro-enterprise, 2) going green through business ventures and 3) developing a new product line for women 35 and older.

(I’m especially curious about what kind of perspective high school students would bring to that last topic.)

Upon their arrival the students will meet with an NYU business professor and two campus entrepreneurs over lunch. They’ll also get to visit Bad Boy Recording Studio and the 105 Radio Station.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the students, who won’t know until they get to New York whether Diddy will be able to join Bad Boy’s executive team members for their marketing presentation. He was able to meet with students two years ago for NFTE’s last trip there.

NFTE was founded in New York in 1987 and provides entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities. The nonprofit’s regional business plan competition was held last weekend and Reginald F. Lewis High School 11th grader Shawn Curtis won first place for Dante’s Cleaning Service, a business that caters to the elderly and to working professionals. He received $1,000 to grow his business.