Entrepreneurial girls succeed at Minnow Tank

Entrepreneurial girls succeed at Minnow Tank

Guest post: Aren Buresh is a high school student and musician, rediscovering her hometown through the Iowa Big School, and our de facto high school correspondent for We Create Here. Shout out to her on Twitter! On April 23, six teams of young girls gathered at the Mt Mercy University Graduate center to pitch their ideas to their community. The Minnows addressed problems close to home, and presented well constructed plans to solve them. The projects received over $2700 in funding and over 150 volunteer hours. There were three aspects of Minnow Tank that really blew me away: the real world problems being addressed, the amount of preparation put into the pitches, and the level of engagement coming from the crowd and other teams. Hearing the voices of ambitious young girls, and seeing the type of support they were getting from their community and each other, made me want to dig up my old Girl Scouts sash and wear it with pride. As I chatted with a few of the teams before the event, I could feel the energy and excitement in the room. Sure, nerves were stirring, but I gathered that the girls were more proud to present their projects than they were nervous. The motives behind the projects really impressed me. The Hidden Book Reading Garden team, for example, wasn’t simply aiming to create a relaxing place to read. It also targeted the low reading scores in their school by creating an environment that provided books and promoted reading. These projects went deeper. At the heart of each of these pitches was a problem that the girls…