72% of high school students are entrepreneurial. However, you may feel like you want to test out your ideas in a safe environment before launching your business. Or you may be ready to launch your business but wish you had guidance and support. Nonetheless, we understand and we’re here to support you in gaining real-world experiences. Our Center for Entrepreneurship is here to support you. Learn more about our programs below.
BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
Pitch your ideas
The Generation Innovation‘s Business Plan Competition is the year’s main event for the Center for Entrepreneurship. Firstly, participating youth members will submit their individual or team business plan for review to our plan judges. Furthermore, the top 54 new ventures will present their elevator pitch to gain the endorsement of potential investors. Lastly, early-stage company investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders judge the full presentations of the top 9 new ventures for a chance to win the 1st place prize.
BUSINESS BOOT CAMP
Gain guidance from industry professionals.
Each year, the Center for Entrepreneurship holds a business boot camp to support your educational needs. Furthermore, the boot camp is a three-day conference hosted at local secondary schools and colleges during spring breaks. Firstly, the boot camp is open to both active members and non-members. However, active members receive a price reduction on their tickets. Additionally, you can come with a business idea, work with a peer, or join a team based on common interest. Furthermore, the conference is filled with opportunities to learn about different aspects of entrepreneurship. Also, you’ll have the chance to pitch your business to mentors and investors to gain support. Lastly, you’ll have opportunities to network with peers and industry professionals to collaborate and build your network.
Real-world business experience.
Periodically, as a support to our innovation school members, we partner with a local business for a takeover day. First, students receive training from the business owner. Furthermore, the students come in during off-hours/slow hours for the business and run the business. Lastly, all profits are donated to innovation programs for the school.
Program opportunities are organized on a case by case situation for innovation schools.
SOFT BUSINESS LAUNCH
Pilot your business.
Periodically, the Center for Entrepreneurship selects young entrepreneurs who want to do a soft launch of their business to gain market data and support. Furthermore, we try to match each young entrepreneur with a mentor who is relevant to their industry. Also, we provide marketing support and more for the young entrepreneur.
Program opportunities are based on the availability of mentors and startup funding.