Building the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs at Tesseract

Tesseract and SEED SPOT have joined forces to plant the seed of empowerment through the first ever SEED SPOT Next program. This program empowers young people to build business models that change the world.

The Next program takes select students through a year­long (or in this case, semester) class, to create small groups or ‘ventures’. In these ventures, students take an idea all the way through 12 units, ending with a three­ minute pitch at Tesseract Demo Day, ultimately competing for a spot at SEED SPOT’s Demo Day on May 19. High schools who wish to apply for the program can get more details on SEED SPOT’s website, www.seedspot.org.

Here is an introduction to each one of Tesseract’s ventures and their experience thus far:

BrailleBoard

“BrailleBoard is flip­open protective Braille keyboard, connectable to any smartphone through Bluetooth. Retrofitted with Braille letters, numbers, and special characters, as well as contrasting, large-­print letters, BrailleBoard is fully functional for blind and visually­-impaired users alike.” – Josh Kaplan, Tesseract student

“Seed Spot is a very unique class, which fosters entrepreneurship ventures and educates students on the principles of an effective business model. This real ­world experience has been beneficial to me, as I have been given the opportunity to analyze my individual strengths and weaknesses, collaborate with others of varying skill sets, and work toward a common goal of creating a product that improves our society in some way.” – Max Whooley, Tesseract student

BEES (Bestowing Educational Experiences through Service)

“BEES is an organization that is tackling the problem of the lack of clean water in developing nations around the world. We’ve created a university study abroad program to send students and educators to not only build wells but educate locals on how to maintain the wells.” – Emma Goethe, Tesseract student

“I have learned to utilize my skills alongside my partner’s skills to compatibility create substantive products within organizations.” – Sam Anderson, Tesseract student

Eyes Up

“Our product strives to promote safer driving through the implementation of convenient technology (application) that disables designated functions of the device.” – Lexie Priniski, Tesseract student

“I have learned how companies function through creating their business model with the help of a lean canvas. “ – Anish Patel, Tesseract student

About SEED SPOT

SEED SPOT is a Phoenix based non-­profit incubator designed to support innovative social entrepreneurs. After a successful high school summer camp program, SEED SPOT has taken their proven model into the classroom. SEED SPOT is currently accepting applications from schools interested in launching the program on their campus in the fall of 2015. Learn more about SEED SPOT at www.seedspot.org

About Tesseract

Tesseract School prepares students to excel in college and beyond, lead lives of purpose, and become ethical and compassionate citizens with a global perspective. Tesseract’s innovative educational approach engages students to master the basics, delve deeper, become critical thinkers and prepares students for their future. As a non­profit, independent private school for students from age two through grade 12, resources are directed to recruit and retain outstanding educators to continually enhance the school’s two campuses in Phoenix and Paradise Valley. For more information, visit www.tesseractschool.org.

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