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Young Entrepreneurs Featured at OTR Pop-Up Shop

April 21, 2017

Young Entrepreneurs Offer New ‘Cincinnati Landmarks’ Coaster Line for Sale in Over-the-Rhine Pop-Up Shop

Rothenberg, Westwood Schools Partner with MORTAR in Student Enterprise Program

WHAT: Fifth and sixth-grade students from Rothenberg and Westwood Schools, who have launched a student-run business called Dream Coasters as part of their schools’ new Vision 2020 Student Enterprise program, will roll out their new line this weekend. The students have designed sets of coasters featuring Cincinnati landmarks, retailing for $15 for a set of four. Proceeds go to a Dream Fund to provide funds for supplies to bring their ideas to life. Students will donate $1 of each sale to a local charity they selected.

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23, 2017– 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: MORTAR Pop Up Shop
 1327 Vine Street 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)

WHO: Rothenberg Preparatory Academy and Westwood School elementary students, teachers, principals and coaches
Supporters from MORTAR, among the consultants and community partners who have shared their business acumen and expertise with students and school staffs
Prospective customers looking to support young entrepreneurs while picking up a great set of Cincinnati-themed coasters!

At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, Cincinnati Public Schools started Vision 2020, a multi-year plan to bring students greater equity, access and opportunities by strengthening neighborhood schools with new programming selected in partnership with their communities. Rothenberg in Over-the-Rhine and Westwood School in Westwood selected a Student Enterprise Program. This program has served as an incubator for young entrepreneurs and their creative business ideas. In addition to MORTAR, consultants supporting the program include the University of Cincinnati Economics Center and Learning Through Art, Inc. Volunteers also have helped students sharpen ideas through a Shark Tank process, and Universal Woods, Inc. donated the coasters.

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