Birthday Candles for Kids

Student Entrepreneur

Chelsea Hage

Chelsea Hage
Major: Entrepreneurship and Marketing
Class of 2022
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida


I’m Chelsea Hage, and I am the founder of Birthday Candles for Kids. I started this company, because one day I was at a homeless shelter, and I met a family with a little boy named Michael, who was turning 11. Michael said he had never heard the words "happy birthday" directed to him. He also shared that he always wanted a party on a bounce house and wished that he could invite his friends, like his friends invited him. So, I gave him that!

Seeing his smiling face, from something as simple as jumping on a bounce house with a few friends for his birthday, brought tears to my eyes.

I organize personalized birthday parties for underprivileged children. These children didn’t choose to be homeless, fostered or orphaned. I believe everyone deserves to celebrate their special day. So far, I have given this experience to 63 children. There are approximately 443,000 children in the foster care system whom I want to give a birthday party. Help me put the wishes back into their birthdays. 

Get Involved

Get started with a business idea

Good for you! You have taken one of the most difficult steps in entrepreneurship - deciding to get started (most people never make it this far...)

Acting upon your business idea will require you go through a sequence of activities, which typically begin with finding out if there is a market for your product. Here's the good news: You don't have to go through these activities alone. We will help you!

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Join the entrepreneurship club

Stetson's entrepreneurship club is aimed at anyone who wants to be involved in creating, innovating and building. You don't need a business idea to join the club. We welcome everyone. So, regardless of your major, class standing and GPA, join us!

See our calendar of events to participate in the next one.

Participate in a business pitch competition

We are excited you are considering to join a business pitch competition! Participating in pitch competitions is a fun and valuable activity for entrepreneurs. Pitch competitions will give you the opportunity to get feedback about your ideas, practice selling skills, and sometimes, win prizes!

Nothing is stopping from participating in pitch competitions. If you are representing Stetson University, however, we ask you to contact us with anticipation. We want to help you do your best, and to do so, we will request your engagement in multiple Stetson-based activities prior to the competition.

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See our calendar of competitions.

Connect with other entrepreneurs

Connecting with other entrepreneurs is an extremely valuable experience for anyone developing a business idea or launching a startup. There are many opportunities to meet entrepreneurs locally:

Get funding

We can help you connect with funding sources for your business idea and startup, including:

  • Local investors
  • Stetson Entrepreneurship Program's Advisory Board
  • Stetson alumni network
  • Crowdfunding campaigns

We will work closely with you to get your business idea ready for investors.

View Stetson-affiliated crowdfunding campaigns.

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Protect my intellectual property

Whether you seek a patent, copyright, trademark or any other kind of legal protection, we will help you connect with local intellectual property attorneys.

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Switch my major/minor to entrepreneurship

Excellent! We are excited you are joining our program. The process to change your major or minor is very simple.

Complete the major/minor change form and submit it to the form center at the LBC reception desk.

I don't know what my next step is

We are here to help you achieve your academic, career and startup goals. Don't hesitate to contact us for any questions about entrepreneurship – especially if you are unsure what to ask.

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