The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum is partnering with Upcycle Parts Shop, a leader in sustainable arts and crafts supplies, to present a unique, engaging hybrid mini-hackathon model called Upcycle: Enterprise.

Educators have free access to online resources dedicated to inspiring innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, and community action in students whether they’re learning in the classroom or at home! Get started today at: https://www.upcyclepartsshop.org/enterprise

With nontraditional school days and the potential for distance learning to be a part of the school year, Upcycle: Enterprise provides online instruction from Upcycle staff, led by an introduction to the model of social enterprise, the concept of upcycling and creative reuse, and how the business model works as a preliminary case study for students to learn from. Sessions will focus on creativity, innovation challenges, instructions for product and prototype development, and leave room for student report-backs and pitches on prototypes. Additional one-on-one offerings will be offered to schools in the spring. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at programs@vealefound.org.

The combination of options available include using sourced materials, Innovation Kits, online instruction or live sessions which enable each classroom and student to participate, regardless of the type of in-person or online learning they engage in.

The model has been successfully utilized at the thinkBIG! Summit, in partnership with St. Ed’s High School’s Innovation Institute, as well as in individual classrooms.