Silicon North Stars is a new initiative focused on giving a select group of Minnesota students the chance to spend a week in Silicon Valley, learning about technology and startups directly from the source.
The pilot program, which runs week of July 13-19, will offer 16 eighth graders from Minneapolis and St. Paul an opportunity to tour companies like Facebook, Indiegogo, TaskRabbit, and of course — Google. They will participate in a startup bootcamp, demo day and receive ongoing mentorship after the fact.
Created by husband and wife duo Steve and Mary Grove, it’s brought to life with local partnerships that include Reve Academy, Washington Technology Magnet School, STEP-UP Minneapolis and CoCo. While the Grove’s do work for Google, Silicon North Stars is a wholly separate organization, with preliminary funding sourced through an ongoing Indiegogo campaign.
“The experiential approach is to give them a chance to see the vision if that’s where they decide they want to focus,” says Steve.
“We’ve been thinking for a long time about strengthening youth in the Twin Cities,” Mary explains. “We hope one day to more broadly to connect Midwest youth with the Valley.”