Kidpreneur Classes Expanding in Metro DetroitBy Amanda Lewan on December 4th, 2013 /
It’s not too often we hear about successful Kid Entrepreneurs, like our local favorite Asia Newson owner of Super Business Girl. But with a program like Kidpreneur, we may just see a few more young entrepreneurs in Michigan.
Thanh Tran founder of Kidpreneur has a successful formula he’s developed: mix in a bit of Minecraft, young tweens, and successful technologists to teach technology and entrepreneurship.
Thanh is a local tech advocate having built his own company Mental Note. He leads the Detroit area D-New Tech meetup, connecting startups to investors. He is also a father of two who wanted to combine his love for teaching kids, entrepreneurship, and technology.
Kidpreneur successfully finished their first pilot program teaching a 9 week series of classes and one-day workshops held in Northville and Novi. About 10 kids went through the first 9 week pilot program and 40 kids participated in Kidpreneur workshops. The program will now be expanding to Downtown Detroit.
“We believe it’s never to early to start innovating,” said Thanh. “The response has been positive and encouraging.”
Kids ages 10-13 are welcome to participate in classes that teach entrepreneurship, Android app development, and web design. One Kidpreneur, Grace Umland, has already discovered her own path to social entrepreneurship. Her business model, according to Thanh, is to sell handmade teddy bears and give one away for every sale to kids at Beaumont Hospital.
Starting in January, Kidpreneur will teach classes in Northville at Digital Roots and in Detroit through D:hive’s Pilot pop-up program. Thanh is excited to test out the program in Downtown Detroit.
“It’s a great location to test our Kidpreneur Retail model and help make the downtown more kid-friendly and family-focused,” said Thanh. “Our Detroit Center will be slightly different with classes during the day as well as the weekends.”
Thanh also has hopes to expand to possible Ann Arbor and to offer online classes soon.
Get Your Kidpreneur Registered
Winter 2014 registration is now open until January sixth. Class size is very small, about 4-5 kidpreneurs, so he recommends to sign up early if you know a kid interested.
Learn more about the program at the next Kidpreneur Information Day on Saturday, Dec 14 at 10AM-12PM at their Northville Center.