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Community Startups Community Startups is dedicated to bringing socially impactful ideas, created by youth, to market. Community Startups is an Incubator and Accelerator Program, Seeding the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs
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01/01/2020
Good Idea Plant

We’re excited to team up with Good Idea Plant this year to launch the first #goodidea challenge to the students of #Chicago, ages 8-18!

Look for weekly updates, challenges and a few fun perks for designing ideas with major impact!

Today is the first day of our #goodidea challenge! Share with all the young people you know in Chicago!

If the future belongs to the young people of today, investment in their ideas for it are paramount πŸ™ŒπŸΎ
09/19/2019
Five teens who changed the world - BBC Three

If the future belongs to the young people of today, investment in their ideas for it are paramount πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

Teenagers, including Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, Emma Gonzalez and Jack Andraka, who have had a global impact

03/25/2019
Zoomin Local Heroes

We β€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ Kangaroo Cups (from Lily Born) and young social entrepreneurs!!!

#DoMoreGood

Her age didn't stop her to open a business that helps other people. Meet Lily Born, 16 years old CEO of Imagiroo, a company that makes three legged cups for people with different needs.

Wow: High school students open an actual bank on campus to teach financial literacy – Financial Juneteenth
12/26/2018
Wow: High school students open an actual bank on campus to teach financial literacy – Financial Juneteenth

Wow: High school students open an actual bank on campus to teach financial literacy – Financial Juneteenth

By Robert Stitt What do Mike Tyson, Michael Vick, Lenny Dykstra, Latrell Sprewell, Lawrence Taylor, and Scottie Pippin have in common? They are all on the list of once ultra-rich athletes who have lost their fortunes and are now nearly broke. Sadly, the list is pretty long as many young sport stars....

Could not be more proud of Chicago Tech Academy classes for the work they put in over this past quarter developing #civi...
12/18/2018

Could not be more proud of Chicago Tech Academy classes for the work they put in over this past quarter developing #civictech solutions to some of the biggest problems we face in #Chicago.

Did you know...
🏨 There are only 5 publicly funded mental health clinics in the entire city of Chicago.

🧠 2 in every 5 US adults faces a mental health disorder.

πŸ’Έ Because of the digital skills gap, the US economy sees over $1.3 TRILLION in lost productivity each year.

πŸ‘©πŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸΎ we have an 80% youth (ages 16-19) unemployment rate in Chicago, which accounts for over $9.5 BILLION in potential taxes annually.

#TheMoreYouKnow #DoMoreGood

A BIG THANK YOU to Sales/Assembly for supporting this program!

Wrapping up week THREE of our City Solutions Incubator at Chicago Tech Academy!!!Our 6 teams of Student Founders are wor...
11/08/2018

Wrapping up week THREE of our City Solutions Incubator at Chicago Tech Academy!!!

Our 6 teams of Student Founders are working on new models for Urban Education, School Water Purification, Mental Health Services, Youth Transportation, STEM Program Delivery...

You want to see how bright the future is? Step into a classroom and ask students to tell you about their version of it.

#Mentor #DoMoreGood

Excited to announce that we will be working with the 2018-2019 Students of Chicago Acad Adv TechHigh School!Student Fo...
08/23/2018
Mentor

Excited to announce that we will be working with the 2018-2019 Students of Chicago Acad Adv TechHigh School!

Student Founders will be working in teams to create impact-driven business models that can transform communities across our city!

Looking for 10 mentors with focused experience across Legal, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Strategic Partnerships... to help teams develop their pitch decks!

πŸ‘‡πŸ½ #ClickThisLink #DoMoreGood

Community Startups Mentors help in preparing our Student Founders for their final pitch showcase, presenting their products and business models to a room of Chicago startup Founders, Funders and Community Leaders.

So much AWESOME happening at the The Y tonight! We saw six teams of fifth-graders pitch their ideas for social impact pr...
07/20/2018

So much AWESOME happening at the The Y tonight! We saw six teams of fifth-graders pitch their ideas for social impact products that can: recycle waste, clean oceans, protect sea creatures, provide our homeless neighbors with shoes and preventative care and even desalinize water for all of Puerto Rico!

#YouthEntrepreneurs #DoMoreGood

We could not be more GRATEFUL to our friends at Sales Assembly for supporting the next generation of social entrepreneur...
07/13/2018

We could not be more GRATEFUL to our friends at Sales Assembly for supporting the next generation of social entrepreneurs!

This grant allows us to facilitate programming to an entire school this fall with a cash prize for winning ideas!

More to come soon...

#DoMoreGood

01/27/2018

What a great day with Lumity and our SBE students, meeting with their small business clients! This is team Heartland Thrive, high schools students from the south and west side who will be creating a website and social media marketing plan for a beauty salon in Chicago Lawn!

Thank you for the ride Uber!

We β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ STEAM!!!
01/23/2018
STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training

We β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ STEAM!!!

Universities must train scientists to engage with the ethics of emerging technologies, rather than functioning as cogs in the engine of economic development. Integrating the arts into STEM can help.

Huge shoutout to Goodcity Chicago and the Chicago Bulls for giving our Student Founders the chance to cheer on our team ...
01/09/2018

Huge shoutout to Goodcity Chicago and the Chicago Bulls for giving our Student Founders the chance to cheer on our team tonight!!!

#Chicago High Schoolers!Apply for The Gray Matter Experience this upcoming year and learn how to launch your own for pro...
12/27/2017
Apply To Gray Matter

#Chicago High Schoolers!
Apply for The Gray Matter Experience this upcoming year and learn how to launch your own for profit or social enterprise venture!!!

Can't say enough amazing things about our friends empowering youth!

Do you have what it takes to be a young entrepreneur? Apply to be apart of the next Gray Matter Experience cohort.

With SBE students today, learning about Vision and Goals for their student-based enterprises - empowering local business...
11/04/2017

With SBE students today, learning about Vision and Goals for their student-based enterprises - empowering local businesses to leverage technology!

We're so excited to announce the start of our Student Based Enterprise (SBE) program! This Saturday program gives Chicagoland youth an opportunity to learn employability skills and learn to run a business! We're doing our part to provide local teens with the tools they need to succeed – how about you? Chip in today: https://goo.gl/x2Rz4U

Proud to see our founder Beth Bond nominated for Women Tech Founders 2017 Social Impact Award alongside four other incre...
10/31/2017

Proud to see our founder Beth Bond nominated for Women Tech Founders 2017 Social Impact Award alongside four other incredible women!

Last day to vote!

Today is the final day to vote for the Women Tech Founders’ MWiT Awards! Honored to be nominated alongside so many other fantastic #SocialImpact Leaders! https://womenintechawards.com/vote/

Excited to be working with Lumity this morning and 40 Chicago Public Schools High Schoolers to build tech startups, empo...
10/28/2017

Excited to be working with Lumity this morning and 40 Chicago Public Schools High Schoolers to build tech startups, empowering small businesses across the city!

Kicking off the Bosch Global #Mobility #Hackathon today by sharing Scholars With Drive's solution to transportation acce...
10/20/2017

Kicking off the Bosch Global #Mobility #Hackathon today by sharing Scholars With Drive's solution to transportation access for youth!!!

09/30/2017
Creative Tech Expo

Exciting morning with GoNanny, Imagine Englewood If..., i.c.stars, Goodcity Chicago, Gorgeous Within at Creative Tech Expo!

Community Startups presentation

We β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ new technology!
09/19/2017
BREAKING: Light Has Been Stored as Sound For The First Time

We β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ new technology!

For the first time ever, scientists have stored light-based information as sound waves on a computer chip - something the researchers compare to capturing lightning as thunder.

Check out this group of students who created an app that fundraises lunch money for students in need!#Student #Entrepren...
09/09/2017
The Renewal Project

Check out this group of students who created an app that fundraises lunch money for students in need!

#Student #Entrepreneurs #DoMoreGood

These group of young girls in won a $2,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation #GoodStartsYoung competition for their project, an app called Food For Thought that allows donors to purchase school lunches for those who cannot afford them.

"They saw a need β€” youth going hungry β€” and took it upon themselves to do something about it," Laura Freveletti, the senior program officer at the Allstate Foundation, told DNAinfo New York.

09/02/2017
SocialWorks

HUGE SHOUTOUT to SocialWorks and the 2.2 MILLION dollar investment they just made to 20 Chicago Public Schools!

Today we announced the grant recipients of the New Chance Fund. More than $2 million dollars will be invested in the Chicago Public School system, through 20 schools, and we plan to do more next year. #supportCPS Watch the announcement here!

08/20/2017

View Timothy Wilson's final pitch of the program from Thursday's Pitch Night here. Stay in touch with the journey of Scholars With Drive launching soon!

08/20/2017

Darion Green and Sam Morales teamed up this summer to bring to you A New Chicago watch as they pitch to a room full of mentors, sponsors, and other chicago entrepreneurs !

08/20/2017

Watch Mattheiu Brutus pitch his product the Remembot ! Expect to see more from this young entrepreneur in years to come !

08/15/2017
Photos from Community Startups's post

48 hours til our Final Pitch Night!!!

Come out to Chicago Connectory and play with responsive #AI #ArtificialIntelligence ROBOTS, MIRRORS and all sorts #IoT devices before our students take the stage and pitch to a room full of Founders, Funders and Community Supporters!

08/10/2017

Here's Tim, founder of #ScholarswithDrive with his feature on Technori ! Hear him tell his inspiring story of how SWD started and his plans to get CPS students to and from school safely.

Listen to the full podcast on technori.com or download on iTunes!

08/04/2017

Hooray for Week 3! We were hosted by both Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Motorola Solutions Thank you for making such a positive impact on the #nextgeneration!

This week we worked on brand identity and reinvented our products to better cater to our consumers!

Thank you to mentors from GoNanny, 3Dime Designs, Motorola Mobility Foundation, MakeXchange and ForGoods!

08/01/2017

Watch Tim, founder of Scholars with Drive give his pitch to a potential investor!

07/29/2017

That's a wrap on Week 2 of our #Summer #Accelerator #Program! We worked with a number of companies this week including divvyDOSE, Uptake, uBack, Delaney Law!

Thank you so much for hosting us DePaul University for our GSD Day and WeWork and Uptake for our Data Day!

07/26/2017
Beth Bond of Community Startups

We had a wonderful time on tastytrade.com this morning, talking about our incredible #Student #Entrepreneurs!

Look out for videos from our Accelerator this week, featuring visits with DePaul University, uBack, Uptake and WeWork Kinzie!

Community Startups is the Brainchild of entrepreneur, Beth Bond. She has over a decade of experience, particularly in the startup arena. Community Start...

07/21/2017

That's a wrap on yesterday's Community Day! It seems like we're really getting a grasp on our brand identities and strategically working to pitch our ideas. During #CommunityDay we worked to target community stakeholders, and gained an understanding of available City resources.

Special thanks to i.c.stars for hosting us and Chicago City Hall for having us!

Stay tuned for when we head over to DePaul University for our GSD Day on July 25th !

'Community Day' gave our Student Founders the opportunity to visit with the Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and her CTO...
07/20/2017

'Community Day' gave our Student Founders the opportunity to visit with the Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and her CTO before Business Affairs & Consumer Protection at Chicago City Hall!

After lunch at Atrium at the Thompson Center and a quick stroll on the river walk, we headed back to i.c.stars to map out community users for #ScholarsWithDrive, #ThePillShaker and #ANewChicago!

07/19/2017

We had the most incredible time with mHUB Chicago yesterday for our Summer Accelerator Kickoff -- working on v1 #Prototype, #Pitch and #ExecutiveSummary!

Shout out to MakeXchange for our #PaperAirplane prototyping workshop!

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