Sparkible has officially launched with a mission to help turn Arkansas teenagers into potential entrepreneurs. To “ignite” innovation…
Here’s the official LinkedIn announcement from Sparkible co-founder Mike Steely, a serial entrepreneur (think Green Cart Deli) and startup education guru:
I am pleased to announce the creation of Sparkible, a non-profit education company focused on sparking innovation and startup learning. Sparkible is kicking off a series of summer camps in Arkansas structured to immerse teenagers in idea creation, innovation and building a business. This series is also our initial fundraising effort, proceeds from the camps will be used to build out our technologies and curriculum for this fall.
If you would like to learn more, know of a potential camper who would be interested in attending, would be interested in sponsoring a camp or camp participant, please contact me and also go check out our startup website at www.sparkible.org.
Joining the Little Rock-based Steely in this venture is NWA-based serial entrepreneur and ARK Challenge mentor David Moody.
Sparkible’s summer camps will kick off next month with stops in Little Rock, Conway, Fayetteville and Rogers.
It’ll hit West Little Rock with two camps the week of July 8-12; two camps in downtown Conway the week of July 15-19; one camp each in Fayetteville and Rogers the week of July 22-26, and two camps in Midtown Little Rock the week of July 29 through Aug. 2. Locations are TBA, but the morning camps will run from 8 a.m. to noon and the afternoon camps from 1-5.
Here’s what Sparkible offers:
Plus, there’s participation in a final Pitch Day competition open to parents, relatives and friends. This represents another great effort to prepare Arkansas youth for entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs are expected to play an increasingly important role in our future economy.
The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation’s awesome Youth Entrepreneur Showcase annually allows students in grades 5-12 the chance to develop and market business concepts.
Sparkible is focusing on ages 14-18 — got one of those already bored with summer? Sounds like Sparkible may represent a pretty good investment in their future.