Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sixth-grader's startup idea accepted by QC Forward's Social Innovation Accelerator

Rishi Kulkarni's business idea won second place earlier this year at Charlotte Startup Weekend's competition, and now his idea has been accepted by the Queen City Forward's Social Innovation Accelerator.

Photo by John Simmons/jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
That program will provide 10 weeks of coaching and mentoring to refine the business plan, said his mom, Kavita Gupta.

Rishi, now a sixth-grader at Providence day, has the idea to create a social network called Wiz Kids Draft for middle and high school students. On the website, students would create an academic profile, follow universities and track their progress. The site would also encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); motivate students to attend college and provide a career path by connecting them with college guidance counselors.

Gupta said because Rishi has school obligations, she'll attend the training in his stead, but that he will still be involved in the process.

"The Accelerator is a great development, and it will provide valuable learning experience for Rishi," Gupta said in an email. "I hope this will inspire and excite other students to explore entrepreneurship and business."