Marcus Whitney leads ever-evolving investment and innovation firm Jumpstart Foundry. He’s one of the partners behind an effort to bring a minor league soccer team to Nashville. And he’s writing a book on entrepreneurship, part of his latest venture, The Unlikely Co., which is designed to show a broader pool of people the path to entrepreneurship. In short: He’s a busy guy.

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At the end of this month, 16 entrepreneurs will pitch 10 business ideas to an audience of business and community leaders. If they’re successful, they might land a little bit of grant money, some free feedback or even a new mentor.

But these founders won’t look like those at your standard pitch event. Why?

They’re teenagers.

The 10 businesses pitching are the product of Oasis Venture, a teen entrepreneurship program launched earlier this year in partnership with The Unlikely Co., well-known Nashville entrepreneur Marcus Whitney’s latest venture. The program is hosted by the Oasis Center, an organization focused on outreach to at-risk youth.

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