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
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…
photo credit: Brad Wilkening
& Yolanda Richards-Albert