Google for Entrepreneurs steps it up again at CoCo

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Around 80 Minneapolis public high school students sacrificed a Saturday to visit CoCo in downtown Minneapolis and learn about technology and entrepreneurship.

During the third annual “STEP-UP Achieve Entrepreneur in Training Day,” teens are challenged to apply entrepreneurial thinking to address one or more big problems: food deserts, financial literacy, polluted water, and college attrition.

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Sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs, hosted by CoCo, and designed for Minneapolis’ youth employment and training program STEP-UP Achieve — 11 teams collaborated from ideation to pitch, assisted by 20 volunteers coaches, a panel of entrepreneurs and 2 Google employees.

“Giving the youth, our future, a look into the world of entrepreneurship is where it starts,” says Kyle Coolbroth, speaking to the aspect of CoCo’s reinvestment.

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STEP-UP Achieve Director Jeremiah Brown says that the skills learned throughout the day are immediate and impactful. “This collaboration with CoCo and Google for Entrepreneurs helps our youth to claim their future and reshape their communities.”

Returning from last year is team ‘Get Out’ (right) — Paige, Wendy and Lauren who are pursuing their idea of a mobile app to address teen obesity. Kudos to those who particpated!

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