Our youth, our future
MiMA's CEO, Kathrina Miranda, mentors hundreds of young entrepreneurs from underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Inspired by their creativity, innovation, and passion to solve problems, Creative Lab was born.
Creative Lab is a safe place for students to receive business training, gain real-world experience and earn a decent wage for their work all while paying it forward in their communities. Many of their projects focus on developing and implementing solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues through entrepreneurship and technology.
Please consider Creative Lab students for your business needs or contribute to our scholarship program. Student services include: graphic design, video production, photography, music production (original raps and beats) and social media marketing.
Your donation is tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor, LA ALIANZA DE HAYWARD (Tax ID 94-3381553)
#1 Train youth in business and technology to stay competitive in the market.
#2 Connect youth to local businesses and prepare them for internships and job placements.
#3 Support our youth entrepreneurs with creating, planning, launching and marketing their businesses.
420 Students trained (92% minority)
549 Days of training
$12,200 Paid projects*
132 Field hours**
*Video production, business pitch competitions, graphic design, website design, photography, social media marketing
**NASDAQ Entrepreneur Center, Ernst & Young, University of San Francisco, SAP, Moody's Analytics, Mills College, Nerd Wallet, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Hayward City Hall, San Jose Sharks at SAP Center, Teen HQ, College Track, New York Life, ZGC Silicon Valley, Globaleur, Environmental Service Partners, Rotary International, 42 Silicon Valley, Union Bank, Fremont Bank
Creative Lab Students place first and second place at the NFTE Regional Semifinals in San Francisco .
Uriel Pineda, Founder of Pineda Designs
Uriel joined Creative Lab in 2016. Since then he has created beautiful designs and led projects for Councilmembers and community leaders. Not only does Uriel lead Creative Lab, he is also the founder of his own design firm, Pineda Desgins.
Guadalupe Servellon, Student at USF
"I always dreamed of becoming the first-generation college student in my family. Through the Creative Lab program, I’ve learned how thinking like an entrepreneur can help overcome world challenges such as the need for empowering women in stem. I was part of NFTE’S World Series of Innovation where my partner and I were nominated top 10 finalist for our project Next Female Engineers that focuses on helping Indigenous women who struggle to obtain a better education as a result of poverty and empowering them to pursue engineering."
Elijah Miller, Founder of Bladez Lab
Elijah joined Creative Lab in 2016 when all odds were against him. Elijah is attending 42 Silicon Valley so he can code his mobile app, Bladez Lab. He placed 2nd in the NFTE semifinals in 2017 at the Kapor Center of Innovation and 2018 at College Track in San Francisco.
Joseph Franco, Founder of FConnect
Joseph joined Creative Lab in 2017 and created FConnect, a mobile app to bring college and housing resources to half a million Foster Youth, so they don't suffer the same fate when he was in the system. Joseph competed at the NFTE national competition in New York City in 2018 and placed in the top 3 in the country out of 23,000 contenders.
As I was starting a campaign for an elected office and not having experience running a campaign, I knew the importance of exposure via social media. I needed a professional website, a Facebook page, a logo and an information sheet to distribute to voters. I heard about Creative Lab's work and saw a sample of what they produced. I was quite impressed and decided to use their professional services.
Creative Lab's services have provided me with much needed exposure and recognition in campaigning for political office. I have received many compliments on my website.
Creative Lab is professional, accessible, creative and knowledgeable. Their team is punctual and meets timelines usually ahead of projected completion dates. They make requested updates/changes in a timely manner.
I have been extremely satisfied with Creative Lab's services. I would and have enthusiastically recommended their services. - Mariellen Faria
Pay it forward
Your partnership with Creative Lab tells our youth, like Joseph and Guadalupe that despite their daily struggles, there is a community who will support them as they strive towards their goals. Your donations are helping cultivate a world-class talent pool through the guidance of business executives and educators. Your support provides a bridge of opportunity connecting youth from underserved communities to continuing education, employers, and disruptive start-ups. We would be honored to accept donations in any amount.
Guest Mentors have become a key part of the Creative Lab experience. They expose students to life experiences from the position of someone who has been there. Research shows that it helps students build crucial connections between what they're learning and real-world application. We would love to visit your place of business or have you speak to our students.
Connor Krone, SILAF Founder
Tony Deblauwe, Silicon Valley Executive
Roxanne Deblauwe, Visual Branding Expert
Quency Phillips, LISC Bay Area (Local Initiatives Support Corporation)
Sara Lamnin, Councilmember
Abraham Mendoza, Hayward Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Derrell Blackburn, Entrepreneur & Educator
Helen Jarrett, Communications Expert
Elisa Marquez, Councilmember
Dawn Fregosa, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Michael Singer, Oracle
Michael McCarthy, Harvard
James Da Costa, Hult Prize
Carole Wright, Chief Operating Officer at MiMA
Francisco Zermeño, Councilmember
Janiene Langford, Institute for STEM Education & California State University East Bay
Chandra Brooks, Author & Entrepreneur
Marlan Simpson, Entrepreneur & Educator
Jon Segarra, Ernst & Young