Kickstart Monday: KidStarter, creating a brighter future through STEM-based learning

DFW Excellerator, the “first cross-border incubator and accelerator in North Texas that supports programs from start-up to late stage technology ventures,” has been incubating the KidStarter project for the last year.

KidStarter has been hosting instructor-led classes since early 2014 – within 10 months, the classes were at full capacity, with some of the classes exceeding 100 students.

The KidStarter team is passionate about teaching their students the value of innovating: “In everything we do, we believe in creating a brighter future for tomorrow. We believe that when uncertainty lies ahead, innovation is necessary.”

KidStarter launched their Indiegogo campaign recently, to help enable scaling the business. Funds from the campaign will go towards creating an online marketplace for makers, hiring more teachers, and expanding to launch KidStarter in other cities.

To generate more excitement around the maker movement, KidStarter will  also be hosting a screening of Maker, a documentary featuring the burgeoning maker culture. The screening takes place on March 22.

To contribute to the KidStarter campaign, check out their Indiegogo page! It’s exciting to see what the startups and community here in North Texas are doing to encourage imagination and creativity in our future leaders.

“The way that we create a brighter future is by providing a space where kids are not only engaged, but are also challenged to make something from next to nothing…By cultivating a love for STEM topics, children are introduced to a world where the possibilities they create can be put into action.”



(Header image from KidStarter.)

Rachel Winstead

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.