No Real Alligators At AlligatorZone®
AlligatorZone® is primarily a face-to-face community-gathering of kids and teens to help them know about future careers, by enjoying a peek into the world that startup entrepreneurs and innovators are creating.
A Membership Community
What began as a community gathering in public libraries to inspire children, has evolved into a membership organization with a deep sense of belonging for families with tweens and teens to start grooming the next generation of leaders. Membership is free. Become a member. Add a premium plan later.
Free Public Event Program
Our free public event program consists of carefully curated conferences for children to enjoy as a shared experience with their parents. Since 2014, AlligatorZone® has been inspiring communities by organizing children’s conferences, featuring exciting startups that are presented personally by their founders, to a rather young audience of kids and teens (ages 7-17), and accompanying families and educators. AlligatorZone®‘s programs are held in public libraries, schools, and community centers, at the request of parents, children, teachers, librarians and civic leaders in various communities.
Learning At The Frontiers of Innovation
Alligator is a metaphor for the many lurking problems that can sink a startup. At AlligatorZone®‘s gatherings, the young members of the audience help the presenting startup founders cross the AlligatorZone successfully in free-wheeling discussions. The kids and teens learn through honest conversations with startup founders, voiced opinions and questions driven by children’s innate curiosity, while the entire community celebrates the local entrepreneurs and participates in local innovation in a unique and exciting way.
Close to 150 unique startups have been carefully curated, coached and showcased to young audiences in 20 communities from Silicon Valley to South Florida, since 2014. In 2016, AlligatorZone® , with the goal of adding more structure to its alternative learning environments, created an Academy for designing summer camps, curricula for alternative learning, and after-school enrichment programs. AlligatorZone® is growing along with its young members. Our new direction with our premium plans is therefore aimed at creating programs to more directly help pre-teens and teenage children prepare for careers of the future.
The Mission of AlligatorZone®
The mission of AlligatorZone® is to sustainably empower parents and educators to help their children prepare for the future of work, by learning from innovators who are creating the future.
A Movement, A Magical Movement
We have been told often, that at AlligatorZone®, something magical happens when kids and teens meet and have honest conversations with startup founders. AlligatorZone®‘s programs are known to have positively impacted and inspired participants of all ages, 7 and older. As they interact with local entrepreneurs at AlligatorZone®‘s events, kids and teens, and their accompanying parents of varying socioeconomic backgrounds get to gather in a public space and dream big, in a shared experience as a family. That’s powerful.
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