GSSM Students to Hold Second Annual 200Keys Conference

February 13, 2015

Students from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM), will hold the second annual 200Keys Conference, an entrepreneurship experience for teens, on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at IT-oLogy, Columbia, S.C. Tickets cost $10 and are available at 200keys.org.

The students include Anya Bali, daughter of A.J. and S.C. Bali, MD of Darlington; Daniel Beasely, son of Wes and Julie Beasley of Florence; Joel Fonseca, son of Manuel and Lynn Fonseca of Florence; Jay Gohil, son of Kish and Guita Gohil of Horry; Coby Jeffcoat, son of Joey and Stephanie Jeffcoat of Orangeburg; Josh Pope, son of Mike and Sarah Pope of Florence and Jeff Rubillo, son of Thomas and Nancy Rubillo of Georgetown.

The 200Keys Conference aims to bring together other like-minded students from across the state and to share knowledge about entrepreneurship while creating a network of innovative future entrepreneurs in South Carolina.

“We’re looking forward to sharing out passion for entrepreneurship through the conference,” says Anya Bali, GSSM senior and vice president of marketing for 200Keys. “Hearing the speakers’ experiences gives students’ real-world insight on what it means to be an entrepreneur.”

200Keys will focus on economics, technology, business management, and the lifestyle of an entrepreneur. Speakers include: Yoma Edwin, CEO, TrenMedia; Alyssa Koziarski, South Carolina FBLA, State President; and Mary Ellen Player, GSSM alumna and Google Fiber, City Operations Manager.

200Keys was created by GSSM alumni Jonah Miller and Mathias Schreiner as a self-directed project after taking a technology ventures elective course through GSSM’s BlueCross BlueShield Economics & Finance Institute.

GSSM launched its BlueCross BlueShield Economics & Finance Institute in 2010 with the goal of educating South Carolina's best and brightest high school students with an eye to the state's economic future. The program consists of courses in AP macro & micro economics, accounting & finance, an entrepreneurial leadership seminar and an elective in tech entrepreneurship; economic research in corporate R&D labs; as well as a lecture series, team-building activities and field studies of companies in South Carolina and across the U.S.

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