Friday June 10, 2016 0 comments
DENVER -- StickyDocs announced the launch of Hop Up, a new program aimed at providing aspiring students from traditionally underrepresented communities pathways towards thriving leadership and entrepreneurial careers in the creative and technology industries.
Launched in partnership with workspace developer INDUSTRY Denver, the program is now accepting internship applications for its first cycle, which begins July 11 in Denver.
Hop Up’s vision is to supplement mainstream science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs with a leadership, entrepreneurial and workplace skills development curriculum. Running twice per year (summer and winter), Hop Up is part of a larger diversity and inclusion-focused startup accelerator initiative, called HueCoLab.
“Where (STEM) based programs attract a much needed, but more analytically driven mind, we feel there is a gap in addressing those who are more creative and entrepreneurially motivated,” said Frederick Davis, Hop Up’s Chief Officer of Partnerships and Programming.
“Hop Up will address the need for developing a more skilled workforce while also providing a clear path towards small business ownership, which is a win for participants, our partners, and the state of Colorado overall.”
Organizers said Hop Up will challenge interns to develop their own business ideas and structure those ideas into a working business plan based on four tenets: research & concept development; marketing & sales planning; operational planning & practice; financial planning & budgeting.
Interns will spend half of their days working on their business ideas and plans and half working in collaboration with participating partner companies. Program milestones will focus on communications, presentation skills development and cultivating collaboration in a team setting.
Interns will ultimately present their business plans to an audience of peers, mentors and corporate and public partners in early August.
Hop Up was conceived by StickyDocs founder Marcus Jimenez who himself benefited from mentorship on his journey from a disadvantaged background and up through the ranks of the design and advertising industries.
Jiménez also sits on the ADCOLOR Industry board of directors and is co-founder of the organization’s Annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference.
“We’re looking forward to launching Hop Up, which we feel can play a big part in accelerating the career paths of Denver’s next generation of creative industrialists,” said Jiménez.
“Given Denver’s rising position as a source of creative and technological capital, Hop Up can help fill a business community need in matching a focused talent pipeline to the growing need of a diverse workforce locally.
“Big picture, Hop Up is just phase one of a broader plan to position Denver as an advocate and leader in building a more talented, and inclusive, business community, while cultivating local cultural innovators and startups.”
The inaugural class of Hop Up interns will be hosted at INDUSTRY, 3001 Brighton Boulevard in Denver’s River North neighborhood. INDUSTRY is a creative and tech community that hosts nearly 70 companies and 500+ individuals in creative and shared workspace.
“Since our inception, INDUSTRY has been committed to companies and professionals working at the intersection of creativity and technology,” said Jason Winkler, INDUSTRY partner.
“As part of our commitment, we encourage individuals from all backgrounds, ethnicities and genders to become involved in the creative and tech spaces, whether it’s through their own startups or as part of a larger team.
“Our involvement in the launch of Hop Up is part of this commitment, and we’re thrilled to be hosting the inaugural internship class this summer.”
Students interested in applying for an internship can visit HueCoLab.com.