Fostering Future Entrepreneurs Trade Show

MCEE will host its next Trade Show in 2021.  Teacher workshops will be available Fall 2019-Summer 2020 to allow participation in the 2021 Trade Show.

On February 25, MCEE held our second annual Fostering Future Entrepreneurs Trade Show hosted at Wells Fargo in downtown Minneapolis. Students joined MCEE board members, Wells Fargo and other corporate volunteers, and other business and entrepreneurial leaders to present their prototypes and startup ventures. Students practiced their elevator pitches and presented their ideas to these judges for a chance to win a cash prize. The day also included a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs and business leaders.     

Entrepreneurship education benefits teachers, students, and whole communities. The related skill sets are fundamental to creating a flourishing economy. The Fostering Future Entrepreneurs Trade Show is the culmination of a semester-long entrepreneurship and design-thinking curriculum and will allow students to apply what they've learned directly and a chance to expand their network and explore higher education and career opportunities. 
Every year, this event provides valuable opportunities for young entrepreneurs. Teachers can bring up to 6 teams with 5 students on each team.

MCEE is additionally excited to announce that students will have the opportunity to present for awards.

  • Business Ready Award: $1,000- Mounds View High School's "Ecoslurp"
  • Prototype Award: $500- Blaine High School's "Pump the Brakes"
  • People's Choice Award: $500- Blaine High School's "Pump the Brakes"

Teachers interested in this program and supporting curriculum should contact MCEE about its entrepreneur education workshop at mcee@umn.edu.

See photos from the 2019 Trade Show on our Facebook!

More information can be found at the FAQs page.

The 2019 Entrepreneur Trade Show was possible through the generous support of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Deluxe Corporation, and our host Wells Fargo.