Toyota North America Sponsors MSDA’S “LionWorks” Entrepreneurship Competition on 2/16

The Mount is ready for our first annual LionWorks Competition this evening 2/16 at 7:00pm!

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Presented by MSDA and the The Leonidas Foundation, the first cohort of our L.E.O. Program will be presenting their created products to our esteemed judges in “shark-tank” style to compete for a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by Toyota North America. We are all so excited to be a part of this inaugural event for the Mount! 


February 1, 2021

Mount St. Dominic Academy is very excited to announce to our community members that Toyota North America has joined us as the exclusive sponsor for the school’s first ever, “LionWorks” Entrepreneurship Competition. The event, part of the L.E.O. Program, is scheduled to take place on February 16, 2021 at 7pm.  

Seventeen senior students in the L.E.O. Program’s first cohort at the Mount will compete in a team-style competition in the spirit of “Shark Tank,” presenting their start-up projects to a panel of “sharks” for the chance to win $5,000 in collegiate scholarships, sponsored by Toyota / Toyota North America. The competition represents a highlight of the two-year intensive, which encompasses the full life cycle of creating a business or product from ideation to launch, with the focus on leadership, entrepreneurship, and opportunities.

Toyota has a long history of cultivating a workplace environment that attracts and promotes women. This partnership with the Mount’s L.E.O. Program and the talented Mount students, is testament to Toyota’s commitment to fostering future generations of women business leaders, and illustrates the importance of providing young women with the opportunity to think, and learn, outside the box.

“The type of classroom-meets-real-world curriculum provided through the L.E.O. Program creates opportunities for exploration and growth often seen only at the college level, and fosters a young woman’s understanding of her potential long before she’s ready to start her career,” said Briana Nelson, general manager, Toyota North America.

“Empowering women in the workforce is a core value at Toyota, which makes this sponsorship even more special. We are so proud of the entrepreneurial young women of the Mount, and very excited to be part of the LionWorks Competition.”

The LionWorks Competition featuring four student teams and several “sharks,” including Ms. Nelson, will be live-streamed. Details will be available on the MSDA website and social media channels in the days leading up to the event.

See more about the program and event.

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