Come spend 3 hours next week mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs.
You won't regret it.
NFTE Launch is a program I started last year for the startup community to provide aspiring teen entrepreneurs with 1 week of startup mentorship. One week is not enough to build a company, but it is enough time to provide an inflection point in these kids' lives. The entrepreneurs come from underserved communities and our mentorship, combined with their passion, is pure awesomeness.
Here are some of the ideas that this year's batch applied with:
Rosa – Community Supported Agriculture Box: Box of locally grown, organic food
Bret & Josh – Bow ties made of recycled fabric
Osayande – Multi-media production company
Jeannie – Upcycle and re-decorate used heels
Christian – Glow in the dark backpacks
Jomonie – Wristband that tracks your basketball shots
It's really simple. You show up for one 3 hour session and get paired up with a teenage entrepreneur. Help them set up an etsy page, design a weebly website, register a paypal account, etc. Basically, anything you can think of to be helpful. The one rule is you can only passively help--no writing code for them.
Rackspace has graciously offered to host us at their Folsom and 2nd st office in SF.