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Motorola Solutions Foundation sponsors teens for business training

Posted: 07/16/2013

From July 14 through July 19, 20 high school students from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will receive free skills training in business, math, science and green technology at Roosevelt University during the Fourth Annual Entrepreneurship Academy, made possible by Motorola Solutions volunteers as well as a generous $30,000 grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation.
 
“We are pleased that Motorola Solutions employees have enthusiastically volunteered to support this event in several important capacities,” said Kevin Tenbrunsel, director, Business Development, Motorola Solutions and a member of Roosevelt’s Heller College of Business Advisory Board.
 
The goal of the program is to offer CPS students interested in entrepreneurship and science, math and technology a free summer camp to learn the skills needed to start a business.  Students are provided room, board and training. The program, developed in collaboration with the Purdue University Research Center and Incubator, is rigorous, but alumni often say: “It changed my life!  Before I came, I never thought I could go to college.  Now I plan to go to college and I believe I can really be a business owner.”
 
Led by College of Business faculty and staff as well as successful green-tech business entrepreneurs and volunteers, the Academy provides high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with an opportunity to work with green-technology entrepreneurs, tour high-tech green facilities in the region and develop green business plans.
 
Students work in five member teams to develop business plans, which are presented to a panel of judges. Winning team members receive a $1,500 tuition scholarship for classes at Roosevelt University.  In addition to its financial contribution, Motorola Solutions will be providing laptops for the student participants.
 
“The future of American innovation depends on a diverse pipeline of critical thinkers who are well versed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles,” said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

“Through this sponsorship, we are thrilled to partner with programs like the Teen Entrepreneurship Academy at Roosevelt University, which is providing students and teachers with the necessary tools they need to explore their STEM interests and pursue innovation.”

A second session will be held July 28 through August 2.