Del Valle ISD Hosts Austin’s First Bilingual Entrepreneurship Conference
Studies show that students who learn or know another language exhibit increased executive functions, attention control, cognitive inhibition, and working memory.
AUSTIN, Texas — In partnership with Del Valle ISD, Latinitas, Austin’s only 100% bilingual STEM education nonprofit, hosted its Startup Chica conference in Del Valle on Saturday at Dailey Middle School. of the district. Open to girls, teens, and non-binary students ages 9-14, participants start a business for social good, from concept to pitch.
Having received $1.5 million in federal stimulus funds in 2021 to expand its bilingual program, Del Valle ISD has been chosen as the location for the organization’s first bilingual conference. The entire district is bilingual integrated and offers multiple programs for bilingual students.
“We are proud to offer the girls of our district this special conference in partnership with Latinitas where students will learn and be inspired by local women entrepreneurs. Our priority is to provide unique and innovative experiences for our students and this conference is certainly one of those opportunities,” said Annette Tielle, Superintendent of ISD Del Valle. “This conference captures the innovation and ingenuity of the Del Valle community and its students, positioning them as future global leaders.”
“Our community deserves the best. I am thrilled to welcome Latinitas to Del Valle for their Startup Chica conference,” added Austin Board Member Vanessa Fuentes. “This is a wonderful opportunity for young girls to learn skills on how to start their own business, pitch ideas to investors, and hear from community and business leaders. If you can see it, you can be it.
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Startup Chica prepares students to take full advantage of innovation and technology opportunities at Del Valle.
The event featured TK Tunchez (entrepreneur and founder of Frida Friday ATX) as keynote speaker, Aurora Archer (founder and CEO of The Opt-In) as purpose and strategy speaker, Fuentes as pitching speaker and Salwa Yordi (founder of Farandula Texas ) as MC. Additionally, Jasmine Vallejo (Community Manager at Meta), Dr. Karla Arellano (Postdoc at UT Austin), and Yumi Ramos (Automation Control Engineer at Tesla) participated in a panel discussion moderated by Belinda Rivera on leveraging the creativity in the STEM industry.
“It’s so important for girls of color, especially black and brown girls, to see these examples of women of color who own their own businesses, who are CEOs and founders, who are leaders in our community. And we want that they yearn for that as well. And we’re starting to see, we’re planting that seed very early,” said Sylvia Butanda, Deputy Executive Director of Latinitas.
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