Congratulations to Odle eighth grader Neil Chowdhury who advanced to the 10th Annual YEA! (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) Saunders Scholar Semifinal Conference & Competition May 4 in Rochester, New York!

Chowdhury pitched his business iConverge, a cross-platform app that treats patients with double vision affordably and efficiently at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce YEA! investor panel pitch event on April 5.  Last year Chowdhury realized he had been born with double vision and didn’t think that the paper exercises he was given were very interesting.  As a result, he created this app, in which he has developed a mobile platform of eye exercises and is working with a local optometrist so that other patients can use his platform.

The panel awarded $4500 to 17 student-run companies started by the 2018 Bellevue Chamber YEA! participants and selected Chowdhury to advance to the national competition.

“I thought the presentations were amazing, with well thought out and innovative ideas.  I was most impressed with the students’ ability to articulate their vision and execute on a plan,” said Diane Najim, CEO/President, PhotoPad for Business, who participated as a judge.

Learn more by visiting the YEA! website.

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