Inaugural 24Hour Generator - Huntsville
On the evening of Friday, March 11, 2016, 48 students representing 10 High Schools from North Alabama and 4 countries from Central America took over the UAH School of Business for 24 intense hours to learn entrepreneurship by ideating practical business solutions for 8 local businesses. The event was the culmination of months of preparation and the hard work of over 50 mentors, facilitators, and volunteers that gave their time, talent, and treasure to the cause of sparking the flame of entrepreneurship in our youth.
Over 200 people attended our inaugural the event showing their support to the next generation of business leaders. Even though it was the first day of our Spring Break families, local business leaders, mentors and facilitators choose to spend Friday and Saturday differently in a creative and energized environment. The winning team received both the jury and people's choice award, represented in $140 per student and the Second place winners received $60 per student.
Most important than the money (which was augmented by audience donations), all the participating teams received mentorship and advise from a wide range of business leaders and were exposed to what it takes to start a business using the proven CO.STARTERS entrepreneurial curriculum.
19% Students from Title 1 Schools
10 High Schools
300 Student Mentor Hours
700 Volunteer Hours
7 Strategic Partners
23 Business Sponsors
8 Business Challenges
250 Total Attendees
$48.5K Invested in the community
$34K Mentoring, workshops &
$1.2K Cash Awarded to Students
$13.3K Production Costs
4 Students got involved in other local
entrepreneurial programs and events
8 Students inspired to start their own business
5 Students involved in the local startup community
All Title 1 School Students on track to graduate from High School and would like to do the program again
30% Participation Commitment to
underrepresented High School Students
3 Additional communities interested