VaVaVroom founder honored for mentoring Chicago-area students

Denise Maple, founder of VaVaVroom LLC, received a Future Founders Rookie of the Year Award May 5 for her work with students at this year's Chicago-area student business plan competition.

Maple mentors public high school students through the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center's Future Founder's Program.

This year’s competition gave 160 students from five South Side public high schools the chance to develop and showcase their own business plans to launch new products and services as young entrepreneurs. The students were recognized for their businesses by a panel of local entrepreneurs and business leaders. A total of $30,000 in prizes was awarded, including $10,000 in scholarships to the Future Founders Academy, an entrepreneurial camp this June.

“I get as much out of it as I give," said Maple of her involvement in Future Founder's. "Seeing these kids learn and gain confidence throughout the year is very rewarding for me.”

CEC’s Future Founders program was created in 2005 to expose students to careers in entrepreneurship and to foster skills such as public speaking, presentation, technology, and financial literacy skills by giving them the opportunity to work with successful local entrepreneurs.

If you're in the Chicago area and want information about the Future Founders program or to become a mentor, visit

Denise Maple created VaVaVroom in 2007. Her website,, caters specifically to women that ride motorcycles and scooters.

Posted by Mary Slepicka