Inside a Chesterfield Mall storefront, small groups of entrepreneurs chat about product development, investment pitches and technology challenges. They’re all fairly standard startup discussions — except, perhaps, when you consider the people that are having them.
The entrepreneurs in question here are high school seniors and participants in the Parkway School District’s Spark! program. The entrepreneurial program has a new incubator this year in the Chesterfield Mall, where students work on entrepreneurial projects under the tutelage of teachers and successful founders and others from St. Louis’ startup scene.
Students, who must apply for spots in the program, spend five to seven hours per week working in the Chesterfield Mall space, sponsored by Maryville University.