Curious about starting your own business as a teen? At Startup Kickoff Seattle, students ages 13 to 18 will have the hands-on opportunity to invent, refine and pitch their own ideas to local business leaders from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1, 206-386-4636.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required - teens, parents and guardians can use the code: Greater0209. Waiver forms will be sent for attendees, parents and guardians to fill out and complete by the day of the event.

Startup Kickoff Seattle is a first step for students that are curious about starting their own journey as a tech entrepreneur. This 5-hour youth entrepreneurship and technology workshop includes partnerships with several community organizations.


10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Orientation

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Ice-break activity

11 a.m. to noon - Forming ideas

Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Final touches

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Pitching to judges

2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Winner announced

Startup Kickoff is co-sponsored by The Greater Foundation, a non-profit that makes first contact with students, schools and educational organizations looking for a unique approach to STEM, entrepreneurship and leadership education.

The Library supports children and youth by giving them opportunities to excel and learn through our educational resources, classes and staff assistance. We help level the playing field for underserved populations by forming strong partnerships to offer aid with student success.