Chattanooga’s First InVenture Day for inner city tweens was held on December 15th at the downtown Chattanooga Public Library. During the six-hour program, 25 middle school students were challenged to create a unique product from a widget. The program was sponsored by the University of Nebraska’s Extension Service, Mark Making, the Chattanooga Public Library and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. .
Before beginning the experiential program, students were inspired by Harvard graduate and local entrepreneur, Monty Bruell, to stimulate their entrepreneurial and innovative thinking.
With assistance from community mentors, local entrepreneurs, and educators, the five teams moved through the InVenture factory stations to develop, brand, market, and finance their product.
At the end of the program, teams pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges in a quick pitch competition. Student feedback was extremely positive and all were motivated to continue their entrepreneurship studies this summer.Scenic City Angel will also be offering Inventure Day to interested middle school youth church groups, after school programs, and recreation centers during the spring of 2019.