JA LaunchU! at DesignJam


A group of high school students immersed themselves in the entrepreneurial culture earlier this month through an experiential workshop hosted by Fueled Collective. The students are part of JA LaunchU!, a cohort of aspiring young entrepreneurs looking to start their own business enterprise.

The workshop, called DesignJam, connected students with local entrepreneurs who shared their personal experiences and the need to take risks to be successful. The students pitched their business ideas in podcast interviews with BeingWonderly. Following her interview, one of the students commented, “That was so awesome! I can’t believe our idea will be shared with the community. Cool!”

Students partnered with entrepreneur mentors to craft and hone their business pitch and explored the various resources available to Minnesota startups. They also toured the historic 1903 Grain Exchange Building, one of the original spaces for entrepreneurs to gather in the Twin Cities.

According to the adults who were chaperoning the event, the best part of the day was seeing the confidence the students gained through this experience. Many students spoke about feeling more empowered to move ahead with their enterprise idea. We’re excited to see what the future holds for these innovative thinkers!

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