Description: This interactive experience is designed to identify and inspire budding entrepreneurs and begin to bridge the gap between high school (and a potentially good product idea) to the real world of entrepreneurship and small business development. Through a fun, engaging, “shark tank” environment, students will brainstorm alongside local entrepreneurs to identify the next steps necessary to advance their project idea. The workshop is held annually in early June.
Target: Participation is available by invitation only to high school seniors who have been recognized for academic excellence, innovativeness and marketability for their senior capstone projects. Students must be recommended by a sponsoring organization which may include, but is not limited to the following partners:
KC STEM Alliance PLTW-KC Engineering Design Contest Winners
PLTW-KC Biomedical Research and Design Contest
Innovator Award Winners
GKC Science & Engineering Fair Senior Division Award Winners
BioKansas BioGENEius Award Winners
Blue Valley CAPS Upon Recommendation
UMKC Center for Econ. Educ. Upon Recommendation
Young Entrepreneurs Competition Winner; Upon Recommendation
8:30am Breakfast Networking; Check-in; Set up displays/products
9:00 am Icebreaker + Intro to Common Sector Competencies
(Katie Kimbrell, Kansas City Startup Foundation)
9:20 am Welcome + Mentor & Student Introductions
(Ann Zimmerman, KC STEM Alliance)
9:40 am The Entrepreneurial Mindset (Adam Arredondo, Kansas City Startup Foundation)
What is entrepreneurship? How can being entrepreneurial help me?
Am I passionate about what I am doing?
9:55 am Alumni Story from 2016 Make It REAL
(Dylan Smith, UMKC Student)
10:10am Lean Start-up Method Introduction (Alex Altomare, The Collective Fund)
10:20am Make It Real Brainstorming + Feedback Sessions
● 3-4 projects per room (3 rooms)
● 2-3 entrepreneurs per room
● 20-30 minutes per project idea
12:15pm Lunch Session with Mentors
Discussion: The pros/cons of patent process and the power of branding
(Anna Quinn, Lathrop & Gage)
1:00pm Community Resource Connection (Jenny Miller, KC SourceLink)
● “Resource Rail”: What might be the top resources available for new startups?
1:15pm Participant Reflection + Action Plan
1:30pm Adjourn; Evaluation
For more information contact Ann Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org