LaunchUR Labs Denver is the first entrepreneurial challenge of its kind in the area.
We have a unique collaboration with coworking spaces, like Galvanize, as host, local startups, like Ubooly, posing a business challenge and 6 Denver based schools/nonprofits, like West Generation Academy, sending teams of their teens to solve the challenge. During the day over 36 teens will be work on modules based on design thinking, lean startup methods, and 21st century skills with guidance from mentors from the startup world as well as local entrepreneurial focused college students. Teens will embark on solving the challenge posed by the business case and then pitch their solution getting real time feedback from our online system. The winning team gets $500 to donate to their favorite nonprofit or school, all teens get a chance to apply for our monthly $250 micro-grant on our other learning platform LaunchUR Ignite.
Our Labs are unique in that they:
- are as hands on as it gets, even making finances come alive.
- connecting ideation with real world business problems
- put partnership and collaboration at the forefront as models for what work can and will be for teens.
- utilize a low cost, easy to replicate, model to access as many future teen as possible.
Funded by Denver, CO (August 2013)