Conference 2017 Speaker

 

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Michelle Jackson

Michelle Jackson

Founder
Invest National Youth Entrepreneur Business Competition

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Michelle Jackson is the Founder and Executive Director of the i.Invest National Youth Entrepreneur Business Competition, CEO of PR Solutions LLC, a strategic marketing consulting firm and Director of Marketing at Delta Personnel, Inc. Before creating i.Invest in 2015, Jackson worked for six years for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). She led the policy development effort to create the InvestMaryland program, a first of its kind legislative initiative that raised $84 million for seed and early-stage ventures.

Jackson also led the Agency’s first division focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. One of her key contributions was the creation of the InvestMaryland Challenge, the state’s first international business competition. From 2012 to 2015, Jackson helped the state award close to $2 million in cash and in-kind prizes to high-tech companies. After leaving DBED, Jackson harnessed her passion for entrepreneurship and her love for helping youth by creating the i.Invest Competition. Designed to showcase the innovative ideas of youth entrepreneurs 13 – 19 years old, i.Invest has awarded $10,000 in prizes to youth business leaders from across the country. Jackson is a military wife and published author. She has a Bachelor’s degree in communications from The University of Alabama and Masters of Public Administration from Central Michigan University.