Entrepreneurship is essential for international social and economic well-being because new ventures are the dominant source of job creation, market innovation and economic growth. However, entrepreneurship isn't for everyone. The ultimate question then is:
What kind of person is entrepreneurship most suitable for?
What knowledge, skills and abilities are essential for a successful entrepreneur?
What competencies predict entrepreneurship success?
Our program curriculum features hands-on activities that inspire curiosity, creativity and collaboration, while teaching students how to think entrepreneurially, identify and anticipate diverse societal needs, and create products and services that fulfill those needs.
During the 10-week cohort, participants will learn to embrace and reimagine failure as a learning process and become more confident and creative problem-solvers. They will learn new ways for effective brainstorming and how to apply design-thinking. They will conduct market research, and practice pitching, presenting and public speaking.
Each class is 90-minutes to two-hours long and is combined with regularly scheduled labs. The in-class curriculum will be creatively integrated with labs that will allow each student to experience their idea in real-time and within a real-world environment. Participants will have reading and assignments that they will need to complete before they participate in a lab. Labs will feature experienced entrepreneurs that represent a viable business idea for exploration and inquiry. By the end of the program, each participant will have chosen a business idea to pursue. Labs offer an invaluable opportunity for participants to get the insight necessary to make an informed business decision.
We will promote micro-enterprise ideas such as hair distributors, hair stylists, braiders, meal prep dietitians, graphic designers, digital marketers, jewelry distributors, jewel manufacturers, domestic engineers, etc.
Each participant at the conclusion of this program will have produced a comprehensive business plan as a final product. The top three plans (per cohort) will receive $2500 each a seed money to start their micro-enterprises. The others will be directed and advised toward more traditional means of financing and receive a mentor for their first six months in business.
Participants must be between the ages of 13 - 24 at the start of the program.
Participants are required to attend each weekly session.
Everyone is required to complete an application and attend an in-person interview.