Why wait until you graduate? High schoolers in Fort Wayne can launch businesses now
Noah Johnson, Input Fort Wayne
“Teens are often asked: ‘What do you want to do after you graduate high school?’ But one question that is not directed at them often enough is: ‘What do you want to do right now?’
There is a common perception that middle and high school students can help adults with their businesses or large-scale projects, but they cannot feasibly develop their own ideas until long after they graduate.
However, several Fort Wayne area businesses and organizations are bucking this trend, and providing young innovators with the tools to make their ideas a reality now.
You just have to know where to look.
Northeast Indiana Innovation Center’s Student Business Builder Program
The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center’s Student Business Builder Program provides resources to local high school and college students (as well as former high school students within three years of graduation), allowing them to connect with experienced business coaches and engage in a shared workspace.
At its core, the program is based on innovation, a desire to stay in the Fort Wayne area, and, of course, dedication. If students successfully pitch their product idea and execute their plan, they may eventually become eligible for funding or admittance into one of the NIIC’s business incubation or acceleration programs.
Students interested in the program can apply on The NIIC’s website.”