Ryu has always had a love for food, especially breakfast food. When he was only 6-years-old, his mom would make delicious crepes and he loved them so much that he asked her to teach him how to make them.
Crepanfles is a home-based business that sells crepes, waffles, and pancakes, all made by a 10-year-old. Customers can mix and match ingredients and toppings as they wish!
An example of solving your own problems. Portia had trouble finding meaningful internships as a high school student. She decided to take matters into her own hands and built her company; InternEd. This is a company focused on democratizing internships for high-school students through virtual, project-based internships.
She has created a unique value proposition by combining training and internships that allow companies to get a different perspective from students at zero cost to the company.
Alicia is a basketball player for the Singapore American School Eagles and has been a fitness enthusiast all her life. She noticed how people were struggling to remain fit during the pandemic and offered a solution that will hold them accountable.
Fitness for Goodness is a non-profit platform that aims to spread the love of fitness and empower people to use their health goals as a tool for raising awareness and funds for those in need.
Sofia and Luciana Franco
A story of how two teenagers who love fashion were able to bring their designs and style into the world. Despite a raging pandemic, Sofia and Luciana set up HandOverChic; A company focused on Tie-dye Clothing and Accessories.
The Ethos of their company is fashion made for teens, by teens. In 6 months, they had sold through their website, Instagram, and closed B2B deals with a women’s sports team. They were able to meet the head of marketing at Louis Vuitton and pitch their business for guidance.
Athena arrived at Ascend Now with a passion for e-commerce and helping small businesses. Athena’s services include Web Development all the way to Social Media Marketing.
Her company aims to enhance the performance and growth of small businesses and organizations by providing them with affordable e-services. Athena also lends out her earnings as micro-loans to support other businesses as well.
Stefania started her entrepreneurial journey with a dream of helping the planet. This is why she founded Act for Impact, an environmental organization that wishes to create a conscious society through innovative and sustainable activities.
Stefania charges a small fee for materials and participation, some of the activities include: Grab a Bike, Eco-Tainment (Movie + Creative Awareness), Zero Waste Cooking Challenge, Second Hand Sale, and Climate Conversations.
Alexander Den Hartog
Alex arrived at Ascend Now with low results in his math exams. As an IBDP student, Alex understood mathematical concepts but struggled to apply them.
As he began to work on his math literacy, his confidence improved significantly. In fact, his grade went from a 2 to a 6 in just a couple of months.
Janelle was unmotivated to pursue her course in Economics. She was not satisfied with her results, and though she was aware of her shortcomings, she did not know how to improve her scores.
Janelle was able to raise her grade from a low C to a high A after working with her Ascend Now coach.
Coming from a native French background, Thylane struggled with IBDP English in the 11th grade as the basic understanding of language and vocabulary was overwhelming for her.
Thylane was able to improve her exam grade from a 4 to a 6 through rigorous practice. She was able to develop analytical skills and enrich her vocabulary simultaneously!
Alex took her passion for math and decided she wanted to build a solution for students around the world who find math challenging. Over the course of a few months, Alex built MathZAP – an app that helps students struggling to learn difficult math concepts.
The app is designed to be fun, colorful and attractive to young students who usually see math as a boring or difficult subject.
Dia Saikamala & Yuha Masuda
When Dia and Yuha learned about the difficult reality many domestic helpers face as migrant workers, they were determined to help in any way possible.
Connect Helpers, is a student-led initiative that aims to create a welcoming community by empowering domestic helpers and asylum seekers through educational workshops, activities, and support. Their vision is to create a community where migrant minorities can thrive.
Rajan Bilan Cooper
Rajan created his album which comprises 6 songs. His EP focuses on calm tunes using electronic synthesizers and instruments. This was his first time being exposed to software in music and he picked it up quite well.
Today, he continues to pursue his passion for music while staying true to both his culture and style. You can listen to his tracks on SoundCloud. Give our future DJ some love!
Student Voices Magazine
Student Voices is a fully student-led magazine where each Ascend Now student can showcase their writing skills. It covers topics from politics to gaming. Come check it out!
Here are some of the businesses and non-profits started by Ascend Now students. If you want to learn more or support them, please visit their website below.