This program to turn middle schoolers into artist-entrepreneurs won $5K - Philly


Feb. 4, 2015 9:32 am

This program to turn middle schoolers into artist-entrepreneurs won $5K

The Mapping Freire mural at 21st and Market Streets, one instance of Philly students making art.

(Photo by Steve Weinik)

Jeff Kilpatrick won $5,000 last week to teach middle school students how to turn their artistic skills into businesses. The money was first prize at the fourth SEED (Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education) competition, a crowdsourced event to fund innovative education projects.

Kilpatrick, a teacher at Port Richmond charter school Memphis Street Academy will use the money to buy computers, software and other tools, as well as a pay for artists to host workshops at the school, Billy Penn reported.

(Last year’s winner was the Philadelphia Engineering and Math Challenge, a citywide STEM challenge, which has continued this year under the guise of the Drexel Math Forum, EMC founder Trey Smith told us.)

Other competitors included:

  • Professor Word, the vocabulary startup, which completed GoodCompany Group’s accelerator and the Project Liberty incubator, that hoped to create an SAT/ACT prep website.
  • JustMaybeCo., an Education Design Studio Inc. accelerator company that aims to involve youth in rewriting creative writing curricula.
  • SnapSolver, a mobile app that help students with math.
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