A New Opportunity to Invest

Sometimes the investment needs to start small. But in this case, the value and return would be immense. Take a moment today to learn more about:

The Academy Group, a unique social enterprise that leverages earned revenue from financial investments to give students exposure, access, and acumen to assume leadership roles in business and society; Embarc, a three-year program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income High School students; and Gray Matter Experience: a 12-week entrepreneurship exposure experience that gives select students across Chicago the opportunity to build their own business.


Originally published on moniquewingard.com
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What Would You Change About the Traditional Educational System?

Online learning, entrepreneurship, and the allure of potentially earning a six-figure salary after attending a coding school or technology boot camp are only a few reasons for the growing movement to disrupt what many consider “traditional education.” Peter Hostrawser is one of many at the forefront of the mission to challenge outdated education standards. As the host of the weekly podcast, Disrupt Education, Hostrawser highlights the lives and work of entrepreneurs and students who share his determination for a more innovative education system.

According to his personal website, Hostrawer credits his experience as the founder of OPRF School of Business at Oak Park and River Forest High School in 2008 for wanting to see more student-centered learning environments.  In the most recent episode of Disrupt Education, Afenya Montgomery, founder of The iCan Collective discusses her inspiration for building a network to empower diverse entrepreneurs, as well as her vision for a more enterprising educational system.

“I think a great thing that I’m seeing more of now are entrepreneurship courses and I would give children that idea earlier, that they can build a business, they can run a business, especially in underrepresented communities,” said Montgomery.

“We’re often not given those opportunities, and not given that information and so it would help impact our communities so much if we could change that narrative.”

Montgomery also said that while students are often told that they can be whatever they want to be, our standard educational system doesn’t always prepare them for everything that comes with that notion–including entrepreneurship. Watch the video below to learn more about Afenya and other guests of Disrupt Education.

Youth, Passion and Pitch

Gray Matter Experience: 2nd Annual Pitch Black Student Pitch Competition

The Reboot (2)

The Gray Matter Experience hosted the 2nd Annual Student Pitch Competition–Pitch Black! Six companies presented for an opportunity to receive a number of prizes, including seed funding, $150-$350 in Facebook ad credits, and 3-months of co-working space at MHub.