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eTech Students Get Exposed in the City

L. Brian Jenkins, MA - Thursday, December 01, 2011

Posted by Grace Yi


Students from the StartingUp Now eTech IT Training Program got exposed to their first business pitch event at the November Technori Pitch gathering last night.


Through the generous support of Seth Kravitz and team at Technori (thanks, everyone!), almost 50 high school students and their eTech instructors from our 2 program locations, YMEN and Tha House, sat inside the Chase Auditorium with 500 other entrepreneurs, developers and tech enthusiasts listening to 6 startups pitch their product and services.

The event, though normally a buzz with plenty of enthusiasm from the crowd, was all the more exciting as I overheard students sitting next to me whisper thoughtful and humorous comments about the companies’ pitches. Each of them had their favorites, running the gamut for why they liked the pitch—ranging from the usability of the product to the way team members presented their information and fielded questions by the audience. It was clear their interest was piqued as the evening progressed, culminating into conversations post-event about the types of businesses many of them envisioned to launch themselves.

We're hoping that this event, along with many other field trips we've got lined up, will help cultivate real opportunities for students to access inspiring ideas, information, and networks to help develop their budding entrepreneurial futures.

It’s never too early to start dreaming and planning, and we couldn’t think of a better way for getting them plugged in to a dynamic, growing and creative industry than technology. Let the developing begin…















StartingUp Now eTech students & trainers with Technori Co-founders, Seth Kravitz and Val Chulamorkodt


photo credit: Brad Wilkening

& Yolanda Richards-Albert  




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It's extremely encouraging to see high school students being exposed to avenues other than the traditional doctor, lawyer, teacher, engineer, etc. If you read the statistics about recent college grads, a college degree is no longer an indicator that a
job will be forthcoming. Although certain fields require college degrees, there are many viable choices available to the next generation which may or may not require a 4-yr degree. Our youth should be aware of the potential for starting their own businesses,
which can occur even while in high school or college. Although I feel that college is important for a number of reasons - especially for those who have had very little exposure to the world outside of there own small community for their entire lives; I'm beginning
to feel that it needs to be just one notch in a list of many on the education/experience wheel for the next generation. Good work!
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