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Lemonade Day and Girls Inc. Announce National Strategic Partnership; Part of Google for Entrepreneurs' #40Forward Initiative

Teaching Entrepreneurship to Girls, Training Future Female Entrepreneurs

New York, NY; Houston, TX - April 17, 2014 — Lemonade Day and Girls Inc. are joining together in a national strategic partnership in order to train girls in entrepreneurship and teach them basic economic literacy and business skills.  Supported by Google for Entrepreneurs' #40Forward initiative, this partnership makes Lemonade Day's entrepreneurship program available to Girls Inc. affiliates across the U.S. and Canada. 

Girls ages 8-18 years old will gain first-hand experience in planning, opening, and running their own small business – the iconic American lemonade stand.  Using Lemonade Day's step-by-step lessons, trained Girls Inc. staff will guide girls through the planning, budgeting, investment, procurement, marketing, and selling processes to achieve self-defined goals.  

“Experience is the best teacher. Through our partnership with Lemonade Day, Girls Inc. is providing girls new hands-on experiences that help them develop skills to draw upon in the future,” said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President and CEO.  “Learning how to set goals, make a plan, solve problems, create and stick to a budget, address real-life challenges, and earn money as a result of their hard work solidifies critical economic lessons.  Today's Lemonade Day participants can become tomorrow's entrepreneur.”

“We're excited to partner with Girls Inc., an organization that impacts girls' lives every day,” said Michael Holthouse, Lemonade Day Founder.  “Through the Lemonade Day program, girls will gain the confidence and experience to succeed in the future – along with the skills to help them achieve their dreams.  With Girls Inc. and Google for Entrepreneurs, Lemonade Day is transforming girls' lives and changing the trajectory of their futures, and through them their families, communities and our country – one lemonade stand at a time.”

“Although women-led startups often outperform, we still see a significant gender gap in entrepreneurship,” says Bridgette Beam, Global Manager at Google for Entrepreneurs. “We believe this initiative with Lemonade Day and Girls Inc opens new possibilities for girls and will help empower a new generation female founded businesses.”

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Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually across the United States and Canada. Learn more about our programs and advocacy at www.girlsinc.org.

Lemonade Day is a hands-on entrepreneurship program that teaches kids basic business and life skills through its 14 core lessons.  Starting in 2007 with 2,600 stands in Houston, TX, Lemonade Day has grown to over 202,000 participating youth in 35 cities in 2013.  We're on the way to our short-term goal of 1,000,000 participating kids in 100 cities across the country – sparking entrepreneurship and financial literacy on an unprecedented scale.  To learn more about Lemonade Day, go to www.lemonadeday.org 

Google for Entrepreneurs' #40Forward initiative provides program assistance and $1,000,000 total in funding to forty partner organizations that are increasing the representation of women entrepreneurs in their start-up communities.  Google for Entrepreneurs is Lemonade Day's national partner, supporting entrepreneurship training for today's youth to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs.  Google for Entrepreneurs empowers entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and Google products. With over 70 programs in 125 countries, Google for Entrepreneurs seeks to grow entrepreneurial communities and to equip entrepreneurs with skills and resources to pursue their big ideas. To learn about the programs, or to grow your own skills through free online courses, visit Google.com/entrepreneurs or on Google+ at google.com/+GoogleForEntrepreneurs.