Marshall Academy Entrepreneurship Students Hear from Snack Inventor

School News
February 25, 2021
students and business owner on a Zoom call
Marshall Academy students chat virtually with Nahum Jeannot (bottom left).

Entrepreneurship students at Marshall Academy, a Governor’s STEM academy, had the opportunity to hear from Nahum Jeannot, founder and Chief Oatmeal Officer of GoOats, a nutritious oatmeal-in-a-ball snack, inspired by his mother and grandmother. Jeannot’s entrepreneurial journey began at 17 when he opened his first business. After a number of business ventures and working as a chef at the Four Seasons, Hyatt Regency, and Marriott hotels, he created GoOats with the belief, “breakfast shouldn’t be a chore,” for people on the go, especially parents and kids. In 2020, he was featured on Shark Tank where he pitched GoOats and was accepted by investor and businesswoman Barbara Corcoran, which allowed him to expand GoOats to more markets. Jeannot’s shared words of wisdom and encouragement with the Entrepreneurship students as well as the passion, drive, sacrifice, and resilience needed to operate a business. He also shared tips on marketing the GoOats brand, financing, supply, and demand, scaling the business, hiring, staff management, and the importance of social media marketing. One of the Entrepreneurship students, who is also a business owner, shared his business with Jeannot and was able to get valuable feedback on ways to grow his business. Contact Shelli Farquharson at smfarquharso@fcps.edu or  Shelley Gaffin at mbgaffin@fcps.edu