Throwback Thursday: 20 Years of Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace

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Can you believe it!?  We can’t!  We’ve been hosting the annual Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace for 20 years!  This Saturday is a huge milestone for us, and we’re celebrating — with you! Join us Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 2pm at our Denver location to shop ’til you drop from more than 75 businesses.  Products and services are all hand-made …

Celebrating 20!

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They grow up so fast don’t they?  We feel the same way about our “baby”, but are so excited to see the Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace turn 20! To celebrate 20 amazing years of creative, hard-working young business owners, Young Americans will be serving cupcakes made by one of our entrepreneurs.  We will also be hosting a drawing for some incredible, …

Entrepreneur Success: Fragile Glory Impressions

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The Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs was a huge success, and want to share some of our favorite moments.  After applying to the competition four different times, Mary Sorteberg finally won!  Learn more about her here. Meet Fragile Glory Impressions Mary Sorteberg, age 20, has been creating art since she was just four years old. She started her business at the …

Entrepreneur Success: ZARL, Inc.

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You may have missed our Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs, but we can share the acceptance speech from one of our winners, and the great video that introduces them and their prestigious mentor. Meet ZARL, Inc. Andrew Hageman and Zac Stahlhut, both 12 years old, have been friends since they were in second grade. In 2011, Andrew learned about a rocket …

Entrepreneur Success: Critters and Creations

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If you missed the Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs, then you missed an amazing night of creativity and community support for youth businesses.  But don’t worry, we have the great video from the event. Meet Critters and Creations The winners of the 6-11 age category are Ingrid and Anders Martinson.  They were matched with Kristy Taddonio Mullins of Mile Hi Specialty …

A Unique Bank Transaction

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Meet Remi, Andia, and Brooklyn.  These are not your typical 5th grade girls.  On the ride home from soccer practice, lots of girls would be talking about homework, their friends, and boys.  Instead, driving home these young ladies discussed the devastating floods that impacted thousands of people throughout Colorado.  They decided in the car to create a campaign they dubbed …

Denver Startup Week + Carboard = Virtual Gloves (What?)

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On Tuesday, September 17, four different youth entrepreneur groups brought together more than 60 people to host a competition around design thinking and rapid prototyping.  This youth-focused event during Denver Startup Week was called the Competitive Idea Lab.  It started with a challenge and ended with product.  This is how it happened… Addressing the challenge Young Americans joined forces with …

Entrepreneur Success: Alkaline Clothing Co.

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On Saturday, September 14, the winners of the 2012 Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs opened the doors to their first workshop! Getting a space Alkaline Clothing Company, created by Taylor Palmie and Tanner Barkin, leased space near 64th Avenue in Denver to create their clothing designs, screen print their items, and sell all their wonderful products.  A few Young Americans staff …

Make Denver Startup Week a Youthful Experience

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September is full of entrepreneurial activities and events!  We’ll jump from our youth business competition awards straight into Denver Startup Week.  There are two fantastic events that are kid-friendly and bound to draw big crowds.  Join us for one or both, but be sure to sign up because these events are popular and will book up quickly. Competitive Idea Lab …

Tinkering with MindSpark

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Tinkering:  Attempting to repair or improve something in a casual hands-on way. Synonyms: fiddle with, adjust, fix, try to mend, play about with, fool with, futz with; tamper with, interfere with, mess about with, meddle with. Did you know Thomas Edison tried over 10,000 times to create the light bulb before he was actually successful? He came up with lots of other great ideas along the way, but …