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CoWork Oasis, El Paso Public Library Branches ‘Turn The Page’ On Launching Startups

CoWork Oasis and the El Paso Public Library have partnered to offer budding business owners “Book It & Launch El Paso” workshops throughout the community.

According to CoWork Oasis officials, the workshops are an “entrepreneurial-focused initiative that will deliver free informative workshops from industry professionals at local libraries throughout the community.”

Workshops range in content from starting a business to building e-commerce websites and apps, as well as understanding emerging industries, intellectual property protection, and social media marketing best practices.

Each workshop at the locations will have both morning and afternoon sessions.

Below is the schedule for Book It & Launch El Paso workshops:

Book It & Launch El Paso Kick Off

Saturday, July 28 at 9am-12pm, CoWork Oasis, 114 Texas Avenue
Attendees will learn what it takes to start a business using the “Business Model Canvas.”  Learn how to craft a value proposition statement and pivot by using the customer discovery process.

Intro to Starting a Business

Friday, August 10 at 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Pebble Hills Library, 12480 Pebble Hills Boulevard

Attendees will learn how to use the business model canvas and learn how to conduct the customer discovery process to help validate business ideas. Learn how to set up an e-commerce website and how to use social media marketing in the 21st Century environment.

Navigating Your Business

Friday, August 17 at 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Westside Library, 125 Belvidere Street

Attendees will learn about regional emerging industries startups have a higher probability of penetrating. Learn about the makerspace movement and prototyping at a lower cost. The workshop will close with an introduction into intellectual capital protection.

Tech Tools for Small Business

Friday, August 24 at 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Memorial Park Branch, 3200 Copper Avenue

Attendees will learn about the cutting-edge technology tools that you can use the help your business operations more impactful. Get introduced to app design and where to go to start building your first app. The workshop will close with learning about “CoWorking” and how to use a CoWorking space to launch your business.

To see the complete schedule and register for these free workshops, visit  CoWorkOasis.com/launch

The Entrepreneurship Club Powered by MIT Launch Comes to El Paso Saturday

Nearly 200 area students across 11 high schools will participate in a world-wide competition to celebrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education and entrepreneurship, powered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Launch program.

Participants will convene on Saturday, September 16th, starting at 9:00am at CoWork Oasis located at 114 Texas Avenue.

“Locally and regionally like-minded organizations “have come together to support this initiative and showcase that we can foster entrepreneurs and compete on a global basis,” said Beto Pallares, co-founder of CoWork Oasis.  Cathy Chen, co-founder of FabLab El Paso added, “We are excited to be a host, as well as showcase the capabilities and resources of the FabLab during this prestigious event.”

“The idea was brought to us by Jorge Ramos Putz, a sophomore at Cathedral High School, and when we reached out to MIT, they embraced the idea of having our region participate and form a first-time club.  MIT Launch has been amazingly supportive, and we believe this will become an ongoing activity in the region,” said Pallares.

“Launch provides materials and mentorship support to high schools throughout the school year to allow students to develop entrepreneurial skills and mindset by launching startups. This is not a business plan contest. The aim is to create a real startup – to solve a real need in a differentiated way. The focus is on taking action, learning from results, and making changes to improve chances of success,” said Mariah Ramos, Launch Partnerships Manager, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.

She adds, “Through Launch Clubs, entrepreneurship clubs are being started at high schools around the world, with teams of aspiring high school entrepreneurs becoming entrepreneurs and launching real startups.  Classes are taught by Launch staff, business professionals, MIT professors, HBS professors, and successful entrepreneurs,”

This program will serve in “empowering young people to build the future.”

“The City of El Paso values our partnership with CoWork Oasis, Workforce Solutions Borderplex, FabLab El Paso, and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. We are always looking for ways to support our Entrepreneurial community, and this is an excellent way to begin growing the pipeline,” stated Jessica Herrera, Director, City of El Paso Economic Development Department.

What are team requirements?

All team members must be enrolled in high school. Each team should include 3-5 founding members. There is no cap on how many teams can participate from an affiliated school, however, students cannot participate on multiple teams.

How long does the Launch Club program run?

The program runs from September through mid-March. There is an initial elevator pitch deliverable early in the program to allow matching of mentors, so any applications received past October 1 will be placed on a list of interest for the following year. The final pitch event will take place at MIT in April.

What do finalists receive?

Finalists are invited to a final mentorship and pitch celebration event will take place at MIT in April. Teams attending will network with like-minded peer teams, receive feedback to progress their startups, plus may receive a series of prizes that will support the development of their company.

“Expanding the collaboration and competitive capabilities of our students, particularly in the STEAM areas is fundamental in building a high-skilled labor force,” said Joseph Sapien, STEAM Project Manager, Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

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