Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | May 11, 2012

The Met School Opens Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Met School (Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical School) celebrated Young Entrepreneurs Day by opening the doors for a new center for entrepreneurship in Providence, which is the first such freestanding center for high school students in the U.S.  The 3,600-square-foot Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship officially launched on Thursday at the school’s main campus. It will provide a new home for a course of study in which students write business plans and then present them to potential funders.  The classes help students learn math, financial literacy and other skills needed to run a business.

The event included an introduction to the entrepreneurship program at the Met, a ribbon cutting, and an impressive showcase of 14 student-run and school-owned businesses, such as a dorm cleaning service and a cupcake company that utilizes low calorie recipes. The program also featured a performance by Music One, students at the Met School who write their own music, have their own television show and perform at various venues throughout the country. The keynote address was delivered by entrepreneur Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership, an alliance of entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations and other leaders joining together to fuel innovative, high growth U.S. start-ups.

Johnson & Wales University was also on hand to present a scholarship to Rebecca Sheeler, a senior from Coventry and a graduate of the Met School E360 Entrepreneur Program.  Rebecca has been accepted into Johnson & Wales University’s School of Technology, where she will major in Graphic Design & Digital Media. She will receive a scholarship of $5,000 per year for four years.

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