They will be right in front of us when Silicon North Stars hosts their inaugural Minneapolis Demo Day at CoCo’s downtown venue August 3rd.
16 Twin Cities 9th grade students will form teams and pitch their unique business ideas for solving a relevant social problem using technology in front of a live community audience.
It happens just after they return from an immersive week-long ‘summer tech camp’ in Silicon Valley, where the students tour tech companies while receiving knowledge and inspiration to bring back with them.
The Silicon North Stars nonprofit was formed in 2014 by Google employees Steve and Mary Grove as a means of giving back. Steve, who now works as Director of the Google News Lab, is a Northfield, Minnesota native. Their method is a hybrid of experiential learning and mentorship to give Minnesota students greater exposure and access to the tech community both here and in California. Managed by Matt Grove and Garrio Harrison, programming consists of four quarterly meetups where the cohort of will visit with local companies from around Minnesota’s tech community or meet with a founder/CEO.
This years demo event will be a first for Minneapolis, representing a change from those previously held out west, as Steve Grove explains:
“This year we wanted to give them the opportunity to share their startup ideas with their own communities. It’s particularly relevant since the challenge we give students every year is related to something happening in the Twin Cities, so the startups they create in response to that challenge will be very relevant for a Minnesota crowd. Minnesota has a growing and vibrant tech community and we hope this demo day is a great chance to connect our students to supporters they can learn from right in their own backyard.”
After demo day in August, a total of 64 individual students will have participated in Silicon North Stars since launch.