Weekend with Kidpreneur – 2014 Demo Day

Written by DigitaLeon on . Posted in Detroit, Featured Article, Frontpage, Local Issues

This weekend I volunteered on a panel for the 2014 demo day of an organization called Kidpreneur.  In their own words “Kidpreneur empowers tweens to bring their ideas to life with hands-on training in entrepreneurship, web design, robotics, coding and the latest technology.”

1794707_10153957376355035_2082565311_nI’ve been itching to get involved in shaping young minds again.(hopefully for the better) So I jumped at the opportunity to spend a morning attending the event. I was also finally able to check out Techtown – a non-profit business accelerator in downtown Detroit. The facility is top-notch and provides the local community with an amazing incubation resource.

The children – ranging in ages from 9-13 presented a variety of projects and ideas. I saw running code on Android and IOS platforms, Lego Mindstorm robots, personalized Minecraft servers, e-commerce websites, and fantastic business plans for products. In some cases these children are already generating revenue!

I walked away from the event inspired. These children *WILL* succeed.  They have parents with the foresight to enroll them into a program like this. And the kids are taking full advantages of the opportunities that they have been given. These future leaders are already learning how to execute on their ideas at a very young age.  I was very impressed with these students. I will absolutely enroll my son in this program once he’s old enough.  On a personal level – I am now even more motivated to get my own educational efforts up and running here in the metro Detroit area.

Kidpreneuer is a great organization that’s doing some amazing work for Metropolitan Detroit.  If you have a kid in this age range – consider enrolling him/her in the program. If you are interested in contributing –  contact them and give some of your time. I am very thankful for the opportunity and plan to help them out again in the future.

kidprMy fellow panel members – W. David Tarver, and Stella Safari.
(Techtown CEO Leslie Smith was not in this photo.)


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Leon Pryor is a technology expert and professional photographer. Leon has an engineering degree from the University of Michigan and has spent his career managing and building software for pcs, game consoles, and mobile devices. Leon is currently based in the metropolitan Detroit area.