Guest post from Keerthi Manikonda, 2017 Technovation[MN] participant

The MN Cup experience is something that I am truly grateful for. It has been something that has taught me various life skills and has brought me closer to my teammates. It taught me to learn how to be a strong and reliable leader and it also taught me how to find support within my team [the SKeMAS].

Team SKeMAS at 2017 MN Cup

Team SKeMAS presented the Via app at the 2017 MN Cup.

One of the main reasons why I’m glad to have participated is because I wanted to inspire girls out there to take a problem in their communities and use technology and entrepreneurial skills to solve it or make the problem less prevalent. I want to look back fifty years from now and be proud that I did something or made something that others benefitted from. I know there are a lot of programs out there that teens can take advantage of to solve problems in their community. And I hope teens do take advantage of those programs. MN Cup and Technovation are the programs that have given me a great deal of opportunities. A word of advice I have to other teens in start there. Start with MN Cup or Technovation. Get good contacts. Meet new people. Use all the resources you’ve got to become successful. It will help you in the long run.

My journey has had its highs and its lows, and I am appreciative of experiencing it all. I knew I could always rely on my team members and my team members knew that they could rely on me. That is why when we had a pitch for the MN Cup for the minority division on a school day, and my other teammates could not go, I went and delivered the pitch on my own so that my team could have a chance at winning. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to represent Via at the pitch, as well as to participate in the MN Cup. Hopefully, in the near future, my team and I will push forward and make Via very successful. We have done a great deal so far, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of my journey will take me!

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