Minneapolis high schoolers will explore high-tech careers and creative problem-solving during a daylong training session put on by Google for Entrepreneurs at CoCo Minneapolis on April 26.
The Google for Entrepreneurs team from Mountain View, California as well as entrepreneurs from CoCo will host the third annual “Entrepreneurs in Training” day for 75 Minneapolis high school youth who will be employed this summer through the STEP-UP Achieve jobs program. The training is designed to prepare these interns for their summer internships at top Twin Cities high-tech companies and equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively think through problems and create a business plan from scratch to solve real world challenges.
In the afternoon team competition, youth will pitch their best “moonshot” project ideas, which will be judged by Google for Entrepreneurs team members and other professionals in the categories of Most Creative, Best Pitch, Most Likely to IPO, Most Daring, and Best Addresses Issue.
This is the second year that Google for Entrepreneurs, STEP-UP and CoCo have teamed up for this event. “This is an amazing experience for both the students and the mentors,” said CoCo co-founder Kyle Coolbroth. “It introduces the students to the value of thinking entrepreneurially and using creativity to solve real world problems. However, the mentors often leave more inspired, because the students’ energy and optimism is infectious.”
Media will have the opportunity to view and interview participating youth, Google for Entrepreneurs trainers, CoCo mentors and professionals from local high-tech companies.
STEP-UP Achieve—part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program — connects businesses with the next generation of talented and diverse workers, provides critical job training and hands-on experience for Minneapolis youth and builds a stronger Twin Cities workforce for our knowledge-based global economy. Learn more.
About CoCo coworking and collaborative space
CoCo is a community where entrepreneurs, freelance professionals, small businesses and corporate workgroups gather to share ideas, team up on projects and get work done. CoCo has locations in Lowertown St. Paul, Uptown Minneapolis and Downtown Minneapolis, on the former trading floor of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. CoCo is one of seven Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hubs in North America.
About Google for Entrepreneurs
Google for Entrepreneurs has programs all over the world to foster entrepreneurship, empowering the next generation of innovators to be successful. Learn more