EU Changemaker Challenge winners aim to teach financial literacy to students

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – Winners of the University of Evansville’s High School Changemaker Challenge are taking the tri-state by storm, and they’re doing it through finance.

“Education is the key to finance,” said Naini Muvva, CMO and co-founder of Intertwined Finance.

Signature School students Muvva, Kerry Ao and Cooper Croslyn founded Intertwined Financing LLC.

“We then competed Innovate with INwhich is a statewide pitch competition, and through that we have more networking and more connections and from there it all took off,” said CEO and co-founder, Ao.

This high school contest led to investors backing Intertwined with $30,000.

“He covered all of our development costs, which means our idea can now become a reality with the money we have,” Muvva said.

The mission: to teach high school students financial literacy to prepare them for the real world.

“I mean teaching someone who is already managing their own money doesn’t really help, we have to teach people before they reach adulthood,” Muvva said.

Ao says the current state of the economy is the inspiration behind their LLC. He says he and his team want to be the link between learning and applying financial literacy.

“I mean everything from COVID until now has been extremely volatile,” Ao said. “We don’t know what’s happening with the Fed raising interest rates, so we want the American consumer to be prepared for what happened to adjust their financial needs if necessary.”

They are currently looking for secondary schools that can bring the program into their classrooms. Ao says they have a few schools they will be working with this school year, but they are always looking to bring more into their pilot program.

“We try to have at least one school here in our area, to participate in our pilot tests,” Ao said. “Our other schools are also very important to us, but we really want to have them here in Evansville where Intertwined was founded.”

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