Hailey Tucker vies for grand prize in Shark Tank-style competition

by: Brenda Duong

Lambert & Co.

Local student Hailey Tucker of Flagler Palm Coast High School recently participated in the annual nonprofit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Southeast Youth Entrepreneurship Finals. During the competition, she pitched her business idea, Custom F.C., a shoe business guaranteeing the perfect fit, function and performance through custom designed cleats.

Tucker competed against seven other students from the Southeast and placed as runner-up in the regional competition. She will be representing Flagler Palm Coast High School in the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in October.

“I was inspired to start my business Custom F.C. after having

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Mike Amiri Launching the Amiri Prize for American Fashion Talent

Mike Amiri is launching the Amiri Prize for up-and-coming American fashion talent, with a $100,000 cash prize and mentorship for aspiring designers.

He’s funding the annual award and incubator program himself, calling on a diverse panel of fashion business people and entrepreneurs to judge entrants in one of the first-of-its-kind prizes in the American market.

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“I have always wanted to do something to help young creatives who are lost in the fashion system, because there are not that many doors to get in,” said Amiri, sharing that over the years his DMs have been flooded with

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