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Our Projects & Testimonials

Testimonials

"Grateful for the team who are teaching entrepreneurship to our school age summer campers as part of FIRE. Our campers are learning about small business and having a blast!"
- Valley Ranch Academy School
"Our team has been blown away by their focus, optimism, interest in feedback & work ethic. They are doing a great job!"
- Colleen Dippel, Founder and CEO, Families Empowered
"I am so excited to be the first in my family to attend college!"
- Izzy Romero, Incoming college freshman, Montgomery, TX
"We welcome their passion to mentor young children. We appreciate you - thank you."
- Summer, Program Staff Member
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Our Service in Action

Advancing Entrepreneurial Skill Development

Mentoring youth to build skills of the future

We created a 4-week program for teaching entrepreneurial skills to middle school students in a super fun way through a ‘Sticker Startup’ Game.

Through experiential learning, students applied essential entrepreneurial skills such as Ideation, Prototyping, Finance essentials, Go-to market strategy and pitched their startups to peers and teachers.

 Check out some of the fun the students had at the Valley Ranch Academy in Texas!

Mentorship

Empowering underserved students through mentorship

Izzy Romero, a highschool senior attending a rural school in Conroe was interested to pursue a career in Coding. Being the first member from his family to finish highschool, he needed guidance to plan his education career after graduation.

Our Service

Connected student with an experienced mentor for higher education and career guidance.

Impact

Student registered for a 2 year Certification course at the local Community College making him the first person in his family to attend College!

Henry’s Barber Shop

Bridging digital divide in rural businesses through inclusive digital literacy and solutions

Mr. Henry, who has been running his barber shop for over 40 years was in need of help in bringing efficiency to the daily operations of his business.

He wanted help in scheduling and organizing his appointments. Manual systems were preventing his business from serving the younger demographic who he wanted to bring in as new customers.

Like many rural small business owners, Mr. Henry was not a computer literate and found technology overwhelming. We had to create the easiest technology solutions that would help solve these business challenges.

Service Provided

  • Designed an easy to use, customized Scheduling Tool. Provided user training and tracked successful implementation over a 3-month period.
  • Built a Customer Database for data analytics, providing insights to customer needs.
  • Educated on digital payment options.

Business Impact

  • Maintained on-time appointments due to Service-type based scheduling.

  • Removed waste from day-to-day operations, helping improve efficiency by over 30%. This helped the owner close his shop on schedule every day. 

  • Improved customer satisfaction, tracked by repeat customers over a 3-month period.

  • Insights through data analytics helped the owner in providing customer-centric service for an improved experience and increased new customers from younger demographic.

Digital Solution for a Business Challenge

Empowering micro-enterprises through digital solutions

The healthcare professionals at Dr. Mallika’s small medical practice were tirelessly serving vulnerable seniors during the Covid pandemic. They were in need of a solution to help overcome ‘mask fatigue’ since this was impacting their patient service.

Service Provided

  • Designed ‘Ear-Savers’ using 3D printing technology.

  • Delivered over 250 digitally printed ear-savers, providing a solution to allieviate mask fatigue.

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