Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
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Be the Change: Youth Workforce Development through Social Entrepreneurship

Eric Ortiz
Granite Media, Director of Media

Eric Ortiz is a journalist, innovator, entrepreneur and community leader. He is Director of Media for Granite Media, overseeing content and business development for six media verticals. He is also president of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association in Minneapolis. Previously, he has been an editor for, oversaw the launch of, co-founded the mobile publishing app Evrybit and was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Charles Caine
Brothers EMpowered, President and Executive Director

Charles Caine, the founder and president of Brothers EMpowered, a non-profit organization that helps to support and empower men and future men of color through community outreach, mentorship and career training opportunities. These efforts included the launch of Honor Roll Athletics, a clothing line produced, managed and run by the youth to provide real-world workforce experience and empower youth through entrepreneurship.

Marsha Magdalene
Bread. A Unique Popup Market, Founder

Marsha Magdalene was inspired by her childhood experiences and her personal entrepreneurship journey with her son to create a platform for emerging entrepreneurs, especially those of color, to learn, grow and scale successfully. She opened "Bread. A Unique Popup Market" to create spaces for small businesses and provide them much needed space and support. Bread has now expanded to two Minnesota locations. Since launching in November 2020, Magdalene has worked with over 100 local small businesses.

Tuning in virtually? Watch live on Hopin on the Stage here.

How can we use entrepreneurship to create a better, more equitable Twin Cities? At a time when Minnesota has one of the widest opportunity gaps when it comes to youth of color in this country, hear from local social impact entrepreneurs who are working to use their startups to create opportunities to help bridge that divide. Through providing workforce development, real-world business skills and entrepreneurship training, these founders are building scalable businesses and stronger communities.

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There is a large paid parking lot right next to the T3 building (323 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401).