Meet the Team
Founder and Board Chairman
Salar Riar CEO and Founder of Pet Ping, Founder, Board Chairman of Loudoun's Young Entrepreneur's Forum, Founder, Young Entrepreneurs Institute, Co-Founder of Create for a Cause
Young Entrepreneurs Academy Alumni, MIT LaunchX Alumni
Salar Riar is seventeen years of age and currently a 11th grade student. As a former student of the Young Entrepreneur's Academy, Salar achieved 1st place as Loudoun County's youth entrepreneur and was awarded seed money from Loudoun's Chamber of Commerce for his business startup Pet Ping. Salar competed at the national level in the Saunders Scholars Competition in representation of Loudoun County.
Salar has been awarded as the top 100 youth entrepreneurs in the United States and recipient of Presidential Award of Outstanding Academic Excellence. Salar has been invited to present at a number of conferences such as the 1 Million Cups and OPEN Washington DC. Additionally, Salar Riar is an honor student of Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Salar lives in Loudoun County and initiated the Young Entrepreneurs Forum in collaboration with Loudoun Chamber of Commerce to inspire and enlighten youth entrepreneurship in his county. Currently, Salar also teaches students internationally in the way of business and entrepreneurship.
Vice President and Secretary
Alana L. Andrews Author and CEO, So Positive LLC.
Young Entrepreneurs Academy Alum
As Generation Z’s newest trailblazer in business, Alana Andrews is the 17-year-old Author, Speaker, Founder & CEO of So Positive, LLC. So Positive is a company that’s innovative in their approach to developing products for teens to promote a positive lifestyle while developing a positive self-image of themselves. As a graduate of the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy (YEA!), Alana learned how to turn her passion for helping teens build confidence and a healthy lifestyle into products by creating the first ever all-natural sports drink for teens. Her new product is being developed to be sold in local and national stores.
From her newest book “Creating Confidence”, Tony Howard, President & CEO of Loudoun Chamber of Commerce has said: “…Alana Andrews has produced a superbly written, practical guide for building confidence in our children, and for equipping them to create and sustain self-confidence and courage for a lifetime.” Dave Shaffer, Principal, River Bend Middle School has said “…This is a must read for adolescent children, teenagers, parents, educators, and anyone in need of inspiration!”
As a Silver Award Girls Scout, Alana understands the value of service and what it means to give back to her community. As a result, she founded the So Positive Initiative (SPI). SPI mentors 5th grade students to help them understand and develop their self-confidence to help better equip them as they matriculate into middle-school.
Alana is a freshman at Potomac Falls High School and she has enhanced her leadership acumen through active participation in diverse leadership programs and has received numerous leadership and community service awards within her schools and community.
Mahsa Riar, CEO and Founder of Limitless Limb LLC and Co-Founder of Create for a Cause,
Young Entrepreneurs Academy Alum
Mahsa Riar is a 9th grader and is the Founder of Limitless Limb, a company dedicated to creating personalized, expressive, and affordable 3d printed prosthetics for children with limb differences. Mahsa is a former student of the Loudoun Young Entrepreneurs Academy class of 2019 and was the Grand Prize Winner of the investor panel and Loudoun’s youngest 2019 Saunders Scholar's Winner as well as the recipient of the Young Women's Stellar Award. She is the youngest recipient of the Loudoun Chamber Community Leadership Award and a 2021 Loudoun 100 Honoree.
Mahsa has also been recipient of a number of academic awards including US Presidential Award of Outstanding Academic Excellence, The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Honor Award, and is an honor roll student. Mahsa is an accomplished poet and has several publications by American Library of Poetry. She has been a speaker at One Million Cups, Amazon Girls Tech Day, The LifeSmarts National Competition and has been invited to speak at various schools inspiring kids to be a Trailblazer and make meaningful contributions to their community.
In 2020, Mahsa co-founded a new startup, Create for a Cause. The first Create for a Cause event, centered around racial equity, was launched in February 2020. Mahsa also serves on the Board of the Loudoun Coalition on Women and Girls (LCWAG), and chaired LCWAG’s inaugural Virtual Girl emPower Summit bringing together young women of her community. Mahsa's work has been covered by a number of media outlets such as, WUSA 9, DVM FOX 25, and ABC NEWS channel 13, as well as being written in Loudoun Times, NOVA Magazine, and Ashburn News.