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SAFA Alliance

The Student Lead Movement to Empower Young Entrepreneurs to Build the Future

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SAFA

SAFA Alliance exists to meet the needs of aspiring innovators wherever and however we can

OUR SOLUTION

SAFA steps in to host workshops to teach the fundamental aspects of entrepreneurship and other skills, as well as cultivate entrepreneurial endeavors for aspiring innovators. We offer many micro grants with respect to our various innovator campaigns, host teen markets for young people to showcase their innovations and bring it to attention, pitch competitions where early stage startups can access funding, rapid pace incubators to take startup ideas and turn it to a business model, and host Q & A sessions with reputable business leaders.

LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP

2022-2023 SAFA-Partnered Events

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Social Fuse

UIUC Social Fuse PitchFest

20+ teams pitched their business ideas and models in order to network with innovators with similar interests.

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UPenn Climate Ventures

Climate Ventures Pitchfest

Partnered with University of Pennsylvania Climate Ventures where several teams will pitch their climate-improving innovations in early Spring to receive funding prizes and valuable experiences.

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UIUC Grainger College TEC 

Cozad New Venture Challenge

A 2 month long accelerator program where young startup ideas can find valuable connections and funding from a pool of over $300,000. The accelerator program ends with a demo day where participants display their innovations and network.

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Alive Center & Aurora Public Library

Entrepreurship Workshop

Middle School through High School kids learn the basics of entrepreneurship and what it takes to be an innovator.

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Children's Business Fair

Naperville Children's Business Fair

Hundreds of local kid entrepreneurs take up stands to showcase their products. In partnership with Naperville Children's Business Fair, kids can display their products and gain access to funding opportunities in August 2023.

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Children's Business Fair

SAFA Children's Business Fair

Cohosted with Children's Business Fairs, a two day event in April will showcase many local entrepreneurial talents. Kids were given booth space to display their product and engage with customers, and gained access to funding to scale their ideas.

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Online Incubator

SAFA Accelerator

67 teams went through our accelerator in order to gain access to networking opportunities and obtain funding. 

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Online Event

Techstars Startup Weekend

Cohosted with Tech stars, this weekend will allow entrepreneurs to develop and pitch their startup ideas.

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Online Submissions

Alive Center

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Princeton E-Club

Princeton E-Club Pitchfest

Partnered with Princeton University E-Club where In late March of 2023, teams will pitch their business models to gain access to thousands of dollars in funding. 

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UPenn Climate Ventures

High School Ideation Track

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Virtual Talk

Q&A Sessions

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NO STUDENT LEFT BEHIND

"The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer."
Nolan Bushnell

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