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    Dream Tank’s 5 Day Accelerator is an innovator's playground and design-thinking hub where kids learn how to launch their own dreams or choose to collectively solve design challenges from real-world companies. This entrepreneurial, action-packed accelerator offers the unique opportunity for kids and teens to creatively rise to their potential, follow their dreams and launch their ideas at a pitch night to shape the future.



    • Business Ideation 
    • Logo Designing
    • Simple Website design 
    • Marketing ideation
    • Presentation design
    • Virtual Reality design building
    • Prototyping
    • Film production and editing 
    • Photography, Performance Art, Creative Expression
    • Speeches and Mentorship from local and global leaders
    • End of week Mission Launch Celebration and Pitch Night

    Dream Tank: Mission Launch is our finale of the summer accelerator, where kids get to share their ideas with the public, parents, and Impact/entrepreneurship community. Hosted at Impact Hub Boulder and Galvanize.




    The lab is a place for kid entrepreneurs to

    get ignited and move ideas forward!






    Each session is 2 hours



    We are in the process of working out our fall 2017 schedule. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, please fill out this APPLICATION to let us know your interest and availability for the fall and we will be in touch!




    October, 2017

    More to come in 2018!


    “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung


    During our Galvanize Accelerator this summer, we had a "Jedi Training" session combining circus arts and the entrepreneurial mindset. The kids LOVED it and asked if we could do a workshop this fall. So, we've done it! We've partnered up with Fractal Tribe, UpDown Circus, and Orchard Grove Community to create a unique, amazing, transformational, and mostly FUN experience for DreamMakers to do together with their families!

    Learn how to feel more confident in your ideas and yourselves while having fun and learning new skills! The Playshop will focus on using Circus Arts to empower young people through creative movement, perseverance, and teamwork. Participants will challenge their hand/eye coordination with juggling, spinning plates, and flower stix. Balance and concentration will be the goal for the walking globe, rola bola, and balance sticks. Trust and communication skills will be developed through partner acrobatics, tumbling and hoop diving. In addition to learning circus skills, the group will have the opportunity to partake in group challenges and theater games such as How to Overcome Dream Crushers!


    Orchard Grove MHP Open space
    3003 Valmont Rd. Boulder, CO

    Play is important for humans of all ages - not just kids! All thinkers, dreamers, explorers, and anyone who is interested. Open to ages 8-108 and all abilities. We encourage families to come together and explore empowerment through performing arts.


    October 14, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. At 1:30 pm, there will be an open-mic / stage time for Orchard Grove residents and all DreamMakers.

    “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”� – George Bernard Shaw


    DreamMakers turn dreams into reality and passion into projects.

    Addison Haid and Summer Gould​

    Duct Duck Goose is a wearable art and accessory company that makes designs from duct tape.

    Minecraft Builders

    Ian Feller

    Minecraft Builders turns designs from games into inspiration for buildings in real life.

    Anya Smith, Summer Cuppari Gould

    Story Architects is a creative production company that inspires kids and adults to not wait to do what they love.

    STA produces the kid-friendly youtube channel KIDS LIFE!

    Shredder Stickers

    Bodie Fox

    Shredder Stickers is for snowboarders and skiiers alike to design their own stickers that keep track of their gear on the mountain!

    Summer Gould, Marley Lenderman, Delilah Berry, Athena



    Magic Potions

    Cable Label

    Emma Kraft

    Emma is a 12 yr old on a mission to create sustainable tech products.


    Anica Chavez-Grandits

    Happillows makes the world better by creating more happiness in homes with funny quotes on handmade pillows that she makes with her mom.

    She is 11 years old and loves cats and YouTube.

    The Koala Girls

    Della B. and Sophie Feller

    Della (10) and Sophie (11) are passionate about saving the koalas.


    Matea Chavez-Grandits

    Matea is 13 years old. She loves art and creating new things.


    Quirky is a comic strip for teens battling depression to help empower them to be themselves and that being different is awesome.


    Embla Weibring and Maddy Barnes

    Maddy and Embla are both 10 years old. Laquatic is an exploration to create an animal sanctuary in the Boulder area. They love animals and Hamilton the musical.

    Cardboard Crafts

    Kaden Ritzer

    Kaden is 10 years old and his favorite movie is Boss Baby. He makes custom cardboard crafts for kids.

    NPK Modworks

    Nico Kadonaga

    Nico is ten years old, modifies nerf guns while promoting anti-gun violence and is awesome.

    Dream Tank Consultant

    Ayden "Piyo" Dedrick

    Piyo is 9 years old and loves helping people and owls. He runs Dream Tank Merchandise and is the Dream Tank Squad Auctioneer.

    Children for Change

    Jake Aloia

    Jake is 12 and he loves making a difference. Children for Change matches and transports kids to awesome volunteer opportunities around town.


    Preston Ritzer

    Preston is 11 years old and he likes rainbowloom bracelets. He wants to celebrate and support diversity with the proceeds from his pracelets.


    We make it happen.

    Heidi Cuppari

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Heidi is a pioneer in social change finance and business, and a mother of two children. After serving as a wealth manager at UBS Wealth Management, in 2014 she founded Anastasia Impact and serves as an impact investing guide/concierge to women, millennials and their families and help activate global systemic change. When imagining what would be needed to achieve moonshots such as the SDGs by 2030, she realized that we needed people with the best imaginations in the world: kids. Thus, she started Dream Tank with Ashley Kulik in July of 2016.

    Heidi believes the power and creative genius of kids can innovate a better future for all. She thrives in building in mentorship and community connection to this end. Her dream is to grow Dream Tank globally to further amplify the voices of youth and their participation in meaningful and bold community change.


    Hannah Capshaw

    Chief of Staff; UN SDG Marketplace Coordinator

    Hannah Capshaw is a Graduate Student in the Masters of the Environment Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, specializing in Renewable and Sustainable Energy. At Baylor University she majored in Environmental Studies with a focus in Environment and Society and spent her free time volunteering and mentoring children in underprivileged communities. It is one of her core beliefs that through empowerment and affirmation, individuals will yield the innovative solutions that are required to solve global issues. Fascinated by technology and culture, it is her dream to act as a catalyst for culturally sensitive sustainable development and community empowerment through implementing renewable energy technology in developing countries.


    Colborn Bell

    Board of Directors; Finance

    Colborn is a private wealth manager and manages investments in green energy, hospitality, education, aviation, real estate, and art and specializes in helping technology and innovation-focused companies expand their international presence. He recently launched Crypto Currency Asset Management company, Finite Square Well.

    “Passionate about discovering novel, market-based solutions to alleviate
    global poverty, promote human dignity, and ensure global security.
    Desire to drive transformative and structural change in developing
    nations though progressive policy, technology, education and cross-

    cultural diplomacy.“


    Nick Titus

    Lucid Program Director

    Nick Titus is the CEO and co-founder of Myonic Technologies, a startup that has created a wearable device that allows patients with paralysis to control their muscles. This device originated from a science fair project Nick created his junior year of high school. After seeing the impact this technology could have, he decided to take it to the masses. They have since been voted the top hardware startup at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, named a top 50 most innovative company by the MedTech Innovator, and more. Nick also gave a talk at TEDxCU.

    Nick is leading the creation of Lucid; Dream Tank's high school program, as he hopes to take all of his experience as a young entrepreneur and help young adults in high school bring their dreams for making the world a better place into reality.


    Robi Mitra

    Board of Advisors: Expansion & Finance

    Robi is Chairman and CEO of K&A Resource Group a collection of human capital management solutions focused on Industry 4.0. He purchased the initial company, K&A Staffing from his father in 2016 and subsequently acquired LME Resource Group in 2017. Prior to his role as an entrepreneur, Robi advised on or participated in more than 75 transactions during his 22 years of family office, private equity, investment banking, and capital markets experience.


    In his spare time, Robi is an active board member and advisory board member to the Tri-Community Coalition, Einstein Educational Ecosystem and Vehicles for Change, respectively. His personal life includes spending time with his wife and three children and their animals.

    Robi received his MBA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and earned a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.


    Elena Hernández

    Board of Directors; Finance & Strategy

    Elena Hernández is a managing director, Head of Impact Investing Strategy at GenTrust, responsible for the development, oversight and management of GenTrust's Impact Investing Strategy, which seeks to invest in for-profit opportunities that have a beneficial and measurable social, environmental as well as financial return. Prior to joining GenTrust, Ms. Hernández worked for over a decade at Goldman Sachs in various capacities. While at GS, Ms. Hernández was very involved in the Latin Hispanic Network and Woman's Network recruiting efforts and mentoring programs. LinkedIN

    Christy Szoke

    Board of Directors; Marketing & Tech

    Christy Szoke is an artist, art historian and journalist by trade, who grew up tornado chasing. She is an experienced writer, designer, brand manager and producer. She co-founded Fathym, which empowers everyday users to bring application ideas, data, devices and communities to life with a flexible, accessible and collaborative technology platform. Previously she co-founded Kids Intermedia, an innovator in cloud-based collaborative media platforms. Roles included business development, brand identity, content strategy, UI/UX design and strategy, graphic design, video production, copy editor and more.


    Dream Tank Senior Kidsultant and Dream Tank Squad Captain

    Summer is 12 years old. She loves owls, art, film, music and entrepreneurship.

    Summer is a key advisor to Dream Tank's programs and created a card game to learn and unleash big ideas related to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

    Summer's current entrepreneurial project is Kids Life: with Story Architects and Kid Critic Youtube Shows, under the mentorship of Dream Tank. Summer donates 7% of her profits to Dream Tank, a kids entrepreneurship accelerator she, her mom, brother, and mentor created, and 7% to the Kiva Center, which she and her brother Cody helped launch.


    Game Creator​

    Cody is 9 years old. He loves nature and sports. He mostly loves creating and leading games.


    His dream is to help Dream Tank create a social impact and achievement-based rewards-based program with gaming and micro currency components.

    Co-Creators & Advisors

    Council of Jedi

    Greg Bamford
    Sarabeth Berk, PhD
    Sumanth Channabasappa
    Patty Klauer
    Greg Sklar
    Nicole Glaros
    John Tayer
    George Deriso
    Tim O'Shea
    Travis Russi
    Amber Nystrom
    Praful Shah
    Julia Richman

    Anya Smith

    Jake Aloia
    Corey Kohn

    ..and more!

  • Dream Tank Fellows

    We’re recruiting the adventurous, the explorers, the dreamers, with the boldest ideas on the planet. We believe the voices and dreams of youth matter.

    Our Fellowship Program is for students to meaningfully apply class content to a real-world startup.

    Our fellows each lead a project within Dream Tank based on interest.

    This is a unique opportunity to work on a truly intergenerational and diverse team!

    We have several fellowship positions currently available for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.


    Please click here to submit your interest.

    Madeline Espinoza

    Curriculum Design Fellow

    Madeline Espinoza is a junior at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is studying English and Communications with a Teaching Certificate. Madeline is a member of the Beta Rho chapter of Gamma Phi Beta as well as on the CU Club Volleyball team. Madeline is passionate about empowering children and sustainable food supply. A reader, runner, teacher and sister; she dreams that one day, no child will be illiterate.

    Elizabeth Buhr

    Grant Writing Fellow

    Elizabeth is a sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature with minors in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology as well as Business. She loves to go backpacking and climbing, pretend that she gets contemporary art and drag other people along to museums with her, and stay up all night learning things about intersectional feminism. She’s interested in going into publishing, but her plans for the future tend to change on a weekly basis.

    Tessa Piehl

    Creative Expressions / Annual Report Fellow

    Tessa Piehl is a junior at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is studying English with an emphasis on Creative Writing and minoring in both Business and Studio Arts. She loves to go hiking to find cool rocks, drink hot chocolate in summer, and is a self-aware cat lady. She is passionate about the future generations and hopes to someday write and illustrate her own children’s books to help build a better tomorrow through storytelling.

    Potter Seybolt

    Chief of Staff Fellow


    Potter Seybolt is a senior in the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado, Boulder. He is pursuing degrees in Operations Management and Talent Management. Potter is passionate about changing the future of our world through the untapped potential of children. As a skier, biker, and environmentalist; he dreams to someday make the outdoor industry more green!

    Isabelle Petersen

    Curriculum Design

    Isabelle is a Graduate Student at the University of Colorado, Boulder for a Masters in Environment with a specialization in Sustainability Planning and Management. She has worked as a middle school science teacher and is excited to continue learning from and influencing kids who love STEM. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her friends and dog. Upon graduating, she would like to work directly with young people and their communities to make communities sustainable from the ground to the sky.

    Denise Powell

    Development & PR Fellow


    Founding Editor of The Voices Project, an online literary venue that encourages self-expression through poetry for people of all ages and backgrounds. She holds dual B.A. degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa and has worked as a professional editor for higher education, fiction, and non-fiction publications in New York and elsewhere. She is currently pursing her master’s degree at the University of Colorado- Boulder in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD). She hopes to combine creative technologies and storytelling to promote positive social change.

    Vinod Malwatte

    Expansion Engineer Fellow


    Vinod is a Graduate Student at the University of Colorado, Boulder for a Masters in Environment with a specialization in Community Engagement and Sustainability Planning. His interests lie in the convergence of development and conservation in South Asia, from a community based approach to development. Upon graduating, he wants to move back to Sri Lanka and continue his work in environmental development and education.

    Ross Dispasquale

    Marketing Fellow


    Ross is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is pursuing a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Strategic Communication. He is also pursuing a business minor with emphasis in Entrepreneurship through the Leeds School of Business along with a real estate certificate. His interests include snowboarding, traveling, and hiking. He plans to work in the snowboard industry one day to keep creating and innovating new equipment and mountain technology. He hopes to own his own business one day as well.

    Alex Chamberlain

    Curriculum Development Fellow


    Alex is a junior at Fairview High School. She is helping develop the educational program content for the Dream Tank Accelerator as the Curriculum Fellow. She has been to many places around the world, and brings her active participation to her community in Boulder, CO where she calls home. She also works with Black Cat Farm to learn more about sustainable healthy food and local food production.

    Ayush Garg

    Mentor Coordinator


    Ayush Garg is a sophomore at Peak to Peak Charter School. His interests lie in the STEM fields and he hopes to utilize technology to create innovative solutions for various problems facing society. He enjoys playing tennis and spending time with friends and family. He is passionate about giving back to the community through volunteering at the local library and hospital.


  • Meet Our Mentors

    Dream Tank Mentors are rockstars in their fields who meet with Dreamakers 1:1, and do workshops and training sessions within Dream Tank.

    Apply to be a mentor HERE!

    Eduardo Cardona

    Engineer & Sustainable Living Enthusiast

    Megan Christensen

    VP of Search at Watson University

    Hannah Davis

    Program Director, Mergelane

    Daniel Fox

    Chief Technology Officer at Local Motors

    Nicole Glaros

    Chief Innovation Officer at TechStars

    Amber Nystrom

    Steward of SDG Marketplace / Global Impact Systems Change

    Sven Jorgensen

    Purpose/ Embodied Arts Trainer

    Carin Reich

    Artist / Designer at Carin Reich Studio

    Travis Russi

    Co-Founder, Mission Mark

    Gregory Sklar

    Martial Arts/ Virtual Reality/ Youth Entrepreneur Trainer

    Tony Wan

    Product Manager at Cisco Systems

    Erin Weed

    Founder, EVOSO

  • Dream Tank Collective

    Our amazing sponsors and supporters is growing! Grab your seat on the rocket ship today.

    Download The Dream Tank Collective sheet to choose your level!

    Dream Family

    At this level and up, you believe in dreams and want to see us grow! A donation at this level starting in Dec 2017 receives special offers and discounts for workshops, accelerators, memberships and more!

    Past supporters at this level:

    E Dan Smith & Life is Heart

    Parker & Ashley Johnson

    Eduardo Cardona

    Sumanth Channabasappa

    Gia Medeiros​

    Brigitte Cuppari


    Dream Shine

    Starting in December 2017, Gift a fellow DreamMaker or yourself Membership to the Dream Tank Collective for 1 quarter. Attend accelerator sessions, workshops, forums, design challenges, and access speaking opportunities. Receive a gift certificate for a DreamMaker of your choosing!

    In the past the Dream Shine level has sponsored events and more.

    Past supporters at this level:

    Bob Helmuth & Pax World Management

    Cydney Fodeman & Infinite Yes

    Christina & Jeremy Wire

    Amanda Steinberg

    Valerie Love

    Dream Venture

    Starting in December 2017, Being an official Dream Venture directs 10% to a Kid or Teen venture and 1-year membership including accelerators, office hours, workshops, camps and more.

    In the past Dream Venture level partners have sponsored events, merchandise, and more.

    Past supporters at this level:

    William Madden & Whole Brain Consulting

    Jacques Rebibo & Ategra Financial

    Sol Halpern & Highlander Wealth Management

    Watershed School

    Colborn Bell

    Cynthia Beard

    Dream Light

    Be part of the Founding Dream Circle and be celebrated. Starting in December 2017, this includes a Website listing, 10% to a Kid Venture. 1-year membership including accelerators, office hours, workshops, camps and more.

    Supporters at this level:

    Brad Feld & Amy Batchelor

    Elena Hernandez Rosenblum


    Dream Igniter

    Starting in December 2017, Be part of the Founding Dream Circle and be celebrated. Propose 1 Dream Design Challenge for your company or cause, Website Listing & Visibility, 1-year membership for you and 1 other Dreamer. Attend or contribute to any accelerator or think tank session.

    Dream Launcher

    Starting in December 2017, Be part of the Founding Dream Circle and be celebrated. Top Tier Sponsor Listing & Visibility on all platforms, national media, and global forums, Propose 2 Dream Design Challenges for your company or cause, Provide 1 DreamMaker scholarship, 1-year membership for you and 1 other Dreamer, Attend or contribute to any accelerator or think tank session.

    Dream Believer

    Starting in December 2017, Be part of the Founding Dream Circle and be celebrated. Top Tier Sponsor Listing & Visibility on all platforms, national media, and global forums. Naming Rights as Dream Believer, Founding Sponsor & Innovation Partner, Propose 2 Dream Design Challenges for your company or cause,
    Provide 2 DreamMaker scholarships, 1-year membership for you and 2 other Dreamers, Attend or contribute to any accelerator or think tank session.

    Dream Lighthouse

    Starting in December 2017, Be part of the Founding Dream Circle and be celebrated. Direct your own Dream Tank Collective Impact Challenge. Attend or contribute to any accelerator or think tank session. 1-year membership for you and 3 other Dreamers.

    Dream Co-Founder & Dream Beamer

    Starting in December 2017, Be a full co-founder of Dream Tank and input on strategic direction and development. Be part of the Founding Dream Circle and be celebrated. Be a Dream Tank Collective Impact Challenge Advisor, and any other Dream Role or Project you'd like to lead or join!


    "Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are kids' footsteps on the Moon!" 


    “This is the best camp I’ve ever been to! Can we come back next week?”

    “I wish it was an overnight camp, and two weeks. I think this will be a huge camp like Avid for Adventure.”


    "Thank you for the passionate and amazing gifts you shared with all of those kids. My daughter love, love, loved it. She is feeling nourished and successful at bringing herself even more out and into the world."​

    - Dream-maker Parent, Summer Accelerator 2016


    "Dream Tank is one of those special opportunities that allows kids to rise up to the challenge of creatively expressing ideas that are in their hearts and minds. They are given the perfect combination of guidance and play to allow for this beautiful transformation to occur. I was honored to be a part of their inaugural launch and gain invaluable insight from these bright kids."​

    - Pitching venture at Dream Tank: Mission Launch 2016


    "Wow!!!! what an amazing night, joy and innovation filled the Boulder Impact Hub last night. A group of brilliant children shared their ideas and their genius with an enthusiastic crowd.​"

    - Community Member, Attendee of Dream Tank: Mission Launch 2016


    We are launching additional missions.. Tell us why you're ready for the next frontier. We will follow up with the rest.

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