Today, we’re unveiling the winners of our #WholeKidsBiz sweepstakes! At Whole Kid Foundation, we’re dedicated to helping kids eat better – and enjoy it. More often than not, the kids are the ones inspiring us.

Nearly 8 out of 10 students in grades 5-12 say they want to be their own boss someday. Through our work, we’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing young thought-leaders who are transforming how kids eat in their schools and communities. We thought it was about time to celebrate their accomplishments and learn how we can help support them!

From March 18 through April 17, we asked students ages 11-18 to share how their business or entrepreneurial school program was helping to change the way kids eat through gardening, plant-forward cooking, and nutrition education – and they did not disappoint!

We’ve selected eight winners randomly from the pool of qualifying entries, who will receive cash prizes to support their business. Watch their video entries to learn more about their ventures, the unique challenges they face and their tips for success.

Thank you to everyone who entered the #WholeKidsBiz sweepstakes! This giveaway was the first step in determining interest and support needed to help student entrepreneurs and school business programs and will help to guide a future pilot grant program.

$1,000 Grand Prize Winner

Hannah Burke

Hannah is a sophomore at Blue Mountain High School in Orwigsburg, PA. As a student of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Schuylkill program (called YEA!), Hannah has collaborated with local organizations to build a community garden. In 2017, she created her own business, Best Buds All Natural Gardening, selling fresh produce and supporting personal home gardens.

$500 Prize Winners

Darcy Cunningham

Darcy is a grade 12 student at LCHS Eco-Vision Micro Business in Lacombe Alberta, Canada. Darcy created a business that sells herbs, produce and value-added products such as Jun Tea.

Alicia Serratos

Alicia is in eighth grade at Los Alisos Intermediate School in Lake Forest, CA. Alicia created 3 Sisters Seed Box, where you can request a free seed box to set up a seed library in your local community.

Danielle McNerney

Danielle is a junior at Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Maryland. Danielle created, Save the Moms, to support moms and dads by getting teens in the kitchen with healthy recipe cards.

Naimah Muhammad

Naimah is a freshmen at Hopkins North Junior High in Minneapolis, MN. Naimah created Nai's Delights, a plant-based food company focusing on catering and pop-up events including cooking demos!

Campbell and Ellie Fox

Campbell (7th grade) and Ellie (5th grade) from Raleigh, NC, created their business, Campbell's Coop + Herb, to serve fresh veggies, herbs and eggs to their local community.

$250 Prize Winners

Te'Lario Watkins II

Te'Lario is a sixth grade student at Licking Heights in Blacklick, OH. Te'Lario started his business, Tiger Mushrooms Farms, at just seven years old. He sells his mushrooms at farmer's markets, enjoys supporting local community gardens and helps teach kids (and adults) about how good mushrooms taste!

Mannsdale Upper Elementary

Mannsdale Upper Elementary in Madison, MS, recently hosted their first farmer's market for their local community with 100% of profits going to their school garden initiative.

Stay tuned for more opportunities for young entrepreneurs!