Twelve Hoboken high-school students who had participated in the “Like a Boss” teen entrepreneur program, sponsored by the HOPES Community Action Partnership (HOPES), had an opportunity to pitch their ideas at the program’s culminating event, “From Students to Startups,” on Dec. 17. These young entrepreneurs were all from the Hoboken Charter School.

The students pitched their startup ideas in a setting conducive to networking and collaboration.Five of the ideas will be chosen to receive seed money to help the students “officially launch their business,” and these students will also “continue to receive mentoring,”Dominique Tornabe, HOPES community education manager, told Two of the startup ideas have already been chosen.

During the “Like a Boss” program, students learned basic computer skills, marketing and branding, research and development, public speaking and networking. They also practiced confidence-building through exercises designed to help them achieve success, no matter what path they take in life.

Additionally, the program reinforced core-content standards, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Lead teacher Mira Septimus assisted the students.

Volunteers from the tech community included Matt Wade, cofounder and CEO of Gameplan, who served as lead volunteer. He introduced the students to the core components of entrepreneurship, and worked with them on their public speaking and networking skills.

Read the full article at New Jersey Tech Weekly.