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B-CU BEE Academy Hosts Summer Hydroponics and Entrepreneurship Showcase


Local students, parents and friends recently gathered at the Wendell P. Holmes School of Business for the Business Entrepreneurship and Education (BEE) Academy Summer Hydroponics and Entrepreneurship Showcase. Approximately 65 students had the opportunity to present their business ideas and showcase information they learned about healthy living and starting a business. The BEE Academy is a three-week summer camp with New Hope Human Services to provide solutions based entrepreneurship programs to middle and high school students.

When asked what does she think about the hydroponics system one of the students said, "This is the best thing I ever did." The students learned about nutrition, how to build a vegetable garden and how to read food labels. Participants were able to present their hydroponic systems to their peers and family members. The BEE academy will resume in August where students will begin developing their start-ups with funding that they won from the YES! Competition, a group business plan competition held during the summer program.

“This program worked because of innovation and collaboration. Our model entrepreneur Dr. Bethune, was innovative in her approach to education. She started with the little girls, teaching them how to take care of themselves and then educating them academically because the female was the nurturer and teacher in the family,” said Casandra Story, CEED Director.

The academy growth plan includes youth incubators throughout Volusia County in Daytona, Deltona and Deland communities with a growing team of partners. “Dr. Jackson has the vision of entrepreneurial thinking and addresses problems that face our communities. This is not just great work, but to quote Dr. Lomax, president of UNCF, "it is righteous work". I can not think of a better combination than to have our students leading the entrepreneurial initiatives collaborating with stakeholders to create sustainable communities,” Stroy said. 

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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