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For budding CEOs, the pitch is perfected

Entrepreneurship program helps high school students learn to develop a business plan, and gather financial support for it

Kaili Kellam stood tall in her pressed oxford shirt and black stilettos, looking coolly over an audience of 20 fellow teenagers in a Babson College classroom as she not only bared her personal struggles, but also masterfully married them to a mock business proposal.

“I want to start a dance studio for kids with both mental and physical disabilities,” the 17-year-old from Natick said confidently. “My mom went from being nondisabled to disabled, and I watched her struggle with that. But dancing builds confidence, and the classes would help these kids gain friends in a nonjudgmental setting.”

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