Uplifting the next generation of entrepreneurs is a top priority for the StarTUp at the Armory. And, generous support from State Farm does that—providing financial and mentorship assistance for the Greater Baltimore’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

The Empowering TU Students & Baltimore Youth donation will support the StarTUp’s Youth Entrepreneurship program and Towson University’s College Cup Innovation Challenge. Through these programs, both high school and college students receive weeks of entrepreneurship training, learn how to gain traction, and pitch their business. At the end of each respective program, students leave with new skills, increased confidence, and real-world knowledge they can carry into their ventures, ongoing education, and professional experiences.

Learn a little more about the programs that are impacted by this partnership with State Farm:

Youth Entrepreneurship: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Leadership Foundations Program

Launched in 2022, this emerging partnership brings cohorts of students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School to the StarTUp at the Armory to develop entrepreneurial skills through a hands-on, interactive learning experience. Students identify real-life problems faced by their peers and communities, and grow into young entrepreneurs, creating and pitching solutions. The next group of cohorts begins in January 2024 and wraps up in May.

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Towson University’s College Cup Innovation Challenge

The Towson University College Cup Innovation Challenge is a university-wide challenge that assists students from all disciplines in developing new social- or commercial-oriented ideas and innovations to positively impact the world. The 2024 College Cup is underway with student applications due by the end of February and finalists pitching to judges and members of the community on the April 2.

College Cup Innovation Challenge

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Stay tuned for more updates about the impact of our latest partnership with State Farm.