Lansing’s Youth Ecosystem and a Startup Challenge

The Lansing Youth Startup Challenge on April 29th gave middle and high school aged entrepreneurs the chance to stretch their startup legs and show off their ideas. From a smoothie business headed by 12-year-olds to sports and hunting apparel, the ideas were hot and money was won. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) has been…

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The Lansing Youth Startup Challenge on April 29th gave middle and high school aged entrepreneurs the chance to stretch their startup legs and show off their ideas. From a smoothie business headed by 12-year-olds to sports and hunting apparel, the ideas were hot and money was won.

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) has been working to make Lansing a hub for all startup activity and that effort got a push in 2013 when they received a grant to begin an entrepreneurship curriculum for High School Students. Teachers and after school groups began teaching entrepreneurship as a skill, and last year’s first annual Youth Startup Challenge was the culmination of their effort.

The idea has spread and counties across the state are introducing programs and pitch competitions to the youth in their area. The goal, according to Sara Parkinson of LEAP is to create a natural order of events occurring throughout the year, teaching students how to pitch and development and allowing those that are serious to tap into local resources. “We’re working to beef up the entrepreneur ecosystem.”

And, judging by the participation and ideas presented at the Youth Startup Challenge, students are taking full advantage of the opportunities being offered to them. This year, The Hatching joined the mix and allowed students the chance to pitch to win funding.

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