New MPowered Event Focuses On High School Entrepreneurs

By Noelle Sciarini on April 11th, 2014 / Comments

Calling all Detroit high school students — there’s still time to get involved with Startup High School, an ongoing event from the MPowered Entrepreneurship student organization at the University of Michigan.

This brand new event came about after students like Jerry Xu started thinking back to the crazy ideas had when they were in high school, “when there weren’t that many available resources to explore those ideas.”

Now one of the event directors, Xu said “we decided that high school students really shouldn’t have to wait until college to get exposed [to entrepreneurship] and excited,” and thus Startup High School was born.

The event is composed of two main parts: a workshop series with local entrepreneurs including Merit founder David Merritt, and a pitch competition where students can share their ideas and compete for scholarships of up to $2,000 to the college of their choice. After the deadline on April 19th, the top 30 pitch teams will have the opportunity to expand upon their ideas and showcase them for other entrepreneurs and companies at a final summit on May 3rd.

Thus far, 272 pitches have been submitted, along with some positive buzz from other entrepreneurs.

“They’re excited to hear that we’re targeting high school students, a demographic that traditionally has not been involved in the entrepreneurial movement and does not have much experience with it,” Xu said.

There has also been strong support from the community, with such organizations as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, SKYCATCHFIRE and Sociagram offering assistance with funding and technology capabilities. Xu and the rest of the Startup High School team wish to thank these sponsors for their assistance in making this event possible.

Learn more about Startup High School by visiting their website.

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Noelle Sciarini is a recent graduate from Michigan State University. Now an Ann Arbor resident, she fills her spare time with reading, writing, and the occasional road race. Find her on Twitter: @NoelleSci.