Last week, KidsTek high school students had the opportunity to develop, design and present their own business plan at “Swiftie.U,” hosted at Swiftpage, a Denver-based technology company. Swiftie.U is a one-week immersion program based at a real business; where students learn everything from how to start a company, to marketing, branding, sales, and hiring. Swiftpage provided the instruction, course materials, and lunch for the students free of charge for the entire week. Swiftie.U participants got a behind-the-scenes look of what it’s like to work in the tech sector in a busy downtown office. By the end of the week, all the students in Swiftie.U had completed 22 hours of workshops conducted by industry experts.
KidsTek participants also used part of their afternoons to work in teams to conceive a unique business idea, and pitch their final plan to a panel of judges for the chance to win scholarship money. Students used the information and skills they acquired during the week to conceive an innovative business concept, which they then pitched to the judges in a “shark tank” environment. Each team prepared a final presentation, which included their product or service, which solved a global or local issue. The teams identified the purpose of their product along with intended customer base and a strategy for implementing the concept.
Ultimately, the “Multire” team won for their idea for providing inexpensive and convenient transportation for college students. Congratulations to Nin Aung and Alexandra Palma for their idea and winning the scholarship money! All the Swiftie.U graduates gained valuable skills that they can use on job and college applications, and made business connections with their Swiftpage mentors. KidsTek and the Swiftie.U participants would like to give a huge THANK YOU to all the staff at Swiftpage for making this week possible!