LAWRENCE -- More than 100 young entrepreneurs are expected to showcase their ideas at the Merrimack Valley Sandbox's 2013 Sandbox Catalyst Showcase on Wednesday night.

The event takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Everett Mills, 15 Union St.

According to a press release, ideas being showcased Wednesday include a hybrid-power tricycle for special-needs children with poor leg/core strength, homemade Asian steam buns and a fashionable purse with built-in lights and speakers.

The Sandbox Catalyst Program works with high schools, colleges and community youth groups to provide connections, support and seed grants to students trying out entrepreneurial ideas. Since the beginning of 2011, the Catalyst Program has funded more than 600 student and youth entrepreneurs.

Wednesday's event will also feature a pitch contest for the top entrepreneurs. Guest speaker is Jeffrey White, chief creativity officer of Rightside Shirts.

The Sandbox was formed by the Deshpande Foundation, which encourages the use of entrepreneurship and innovation as catalysts for sustainable change. Its founders are serial entrepreneur Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande and his wife, Jaishree.

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