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A Startup’s Inspiration: “Dad Had Us Build Our Own Dollhouses”

Engineer Cristal Glangchai had trouble convincing female college students to take her entrepreneurship classes. They seemed intimidated and unconfident, both about STEM fields and as potential business leaders. She decided to tackle this problem with early education, founding VentureLab in 2013 to teach K-12 students, particularly girls, about technology and innovation. It's now operating in San Antonio and Austin. VentureLab started as girls-only summer camps in San Antonio. After requests from parents and school administrators, VentureLab now holds co-ed camps in addition to girls-only programs—though the majority of students are still girls—and it designs entrepreneurship curricula for teachers during the school year. It now operates in Austin as well as San Antonio.   More