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Exploring different themes of Startup Weekend doesn’t always mean reaching a new industry or vertical. In this case, it means reaching a new age. Youth events are aimed at 5th-8th graders and are similar to a normal Startup Weekend, but some things are changed up just for the kids. Organizers create an atmosphere of exercises and experiences that will inspire the young minds and help them learn how to move those ideas forward towards action, and in the process, collaborate with their peers.

Youth events are fun to watch and it’s pretty inspiring to see all the kids doing work, collaborating, and bringing ideas to life. This event will only be the second of its type in Tampa Bay, yet the community and local businesses have already shown great support for the initiative and the impact it has on the local youth. We talked with Organizer Nicholas Catania about their upcoming event and what they’re looking forward to most.

tampa4Organizing team members:

Nicholas Catania
Deborah Neff
Ryan Sullivan
Allison Barkley
Chelsea Palmer
Gracie Stemmer
Michael LaPlante

What are you most excited about for your upcoming event?

We’re most excited for our local community members coaching our “youthpreneurs” through the entrepreneurial process as they learn the ins and outs of starting a business.

What makes this Edition interesting?

This edition is different because it focuses on crafting the young minds and their limitless possibilities of creativity. We have seen firsthand how an entrepreneur at this age can think up mind blowing ideas. A major part of this comes from the fact that we allow them the creative outlet to do so. Another part comes from the ability for youth to have no boundaries. This is what makes the event so interesting.

Check out the team’s story about this event!

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Kacey Wherley Kacey Wherley
(@kaceyraewherley) is Marketing Production Lead at Techstars. Before joining the Techstars team, Kacey was part of the UP Global team and previously with a cybersecurity startup in Pittsburgh. She enjoys all things social media and connecting with entrepreneurs online.