Startup Unidos Youth at VozFrontera is a 9-week one-of-a-kind program in Nogales, AZ offering a curated hands-on-experience to 5 local high school students. The first cohort and program pilot was initiated August 2018 to empower local youth by having them examine the state of entrepreneurship along the border, particularly Ambos Nogales, while thinking in new innovative ways of solving challenges. The program covers entrepreneurship, economic development, startup culture, lean startup methodology, business planning, soft skills and includes field trips to developing innovation districts and entrepreneur service organizations, which will include guest speakers from across Arizona-Sonora.
In addition, the youth cohort will be exposed to mentors, experts, project management, marketing and promotional tools, and includes participation in two global startup events, Techstars Community Unsummit (SEPT 2018) and Techstars LatinX Tech (OCT 2018) both taking place in Tucson, AZ.
APPLICATIONS are now closed. PROGRAM RUNS: Saturday, August 25 – Sunday, October 21, 2018
SEEKING SPONSORS: Sponsor a youth participant or a Startup Unidos/VozFrontera summer event. ]We’re looking for businesses to help sponsor youth participation, which means offering your business name and some $$ to help make the program possible. Please download the sponsorship package and more info here: SUU Youth VF Kit 2018 Your small investment will go a long way!
Project Leader: Stephanie Bermudez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie is a gifted community builder who works in cross-border communities to encourage collaboration and co-inspiration. Her work focuses on building up innovation spaces and networks, including events, training, consulting and research. She has a successful background developing co-working and maker spaces such as Connect Coworking in Tucson, and served as a board member and youth mentor at COSHARE: The National Shared Workspace Association. Her clients include the Pima Community College Small Business Development Center, where assists in digital communications and marketing workshops, and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where she organizes a year-long program that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. In 2016, Stephanie was named by Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as 40 under 40 Woman of the Year. She recognized by TEDxStarrPassWomen as a Local Leader 2015, and received the “Emerging Leader Award” from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management in 2014.