Now enrolling teens 13 - 18 years old in Project ECHO's 
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Silicon Beach Virtual

Launching on Saturday, January 14, 2023
Concluding at the
High School Entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition
(tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 23, 2023)

From Think Tank to Shark Tank
Join us and Create and Pitch your Business!
Now enrolling teens in middle and high school


Launching on Saturday, January 14, 2023

10am - 12noon PST

(see below for schedule of all sessions)

Entrepreneurship is a proven way to ignite a teen’s creativity, curiosity, and innovative spirit. Register today for an activity-based after-school program that builds life, academic, and personal skills while helping teens ideate and create a business and pitch. 

High School Entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition

At the conclusion of the program, these young entrepreneurs will be prepared to pitch at

Project ECHO's High School Entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition

for cash start-up funds.

Participants will also receive a Certificate of Accomplishment, and an excellent experience to refer to on college admission essays and applications!

Overview of Program

This program follows a coordinated curriculum intended for budding entrepreneurs to ideate a business and dive into all of the operations of creating, researching, developing, prototyping, and marketing a business, in addition to understanding the financial investment needed to launch a business and calculating future income, expenses and profits.  

Students will create a full pitch deck, and a written business plan, and will pitch their businesses at a program showcase event, at Project ECHO's High School Entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition in May 2022.

No prior entrepreneurship experience is required. This is the perfect add-on to Project ECHO's summer entrepreneurship program.

Program Fee
Early Bird Discount: $500 (save $150!)

Early Bird Rate Through December 31, 2023 

At checkout, enter coupon code:  earlybird


Steps to Enrolling: 
1) Complete the enrollment application below
2) During the checkout process, enter your coupon code 
3) You and your student will both receive a confirmation email identifying your next steps and how to prepare for the launch of the program in January. 

Since 1996, Project ECHO, a Santa Monica based nonprofit, has created a myriad of entrepreneurship programs and activities to help teens find their path to college and career.


Sessions are scheduled on Saturdays, from 10am to 12PM PT

January 14, 28
February 4, 11, 18
March 4, 11, 18
April 1, 8, 15
April 23, Competition!


The Office Hour Schedule will be decided upon on the first day of class with feedback from all participants.  We know these teens are busy, in sports and other activities!

Office hours are intended to support classroom based learning, provide assistance after a missed class and for general assistance in developing business plans. 

Office hours will be available twice monthly, for one hour, and must be requested by students at least 24 hours in advance. 

THE FINE PRINT: please read!

Students who commit to attending all sessions and visiting office hours as needed will have a successful experience in this academic program. Project ECHO cannot guarantee the outcomes of the students or their businesses, their participation in the Business Plan Competition, nor does Project ECHO provide assistance to participants interested in launching their business.  Silicon Beach Virtual Teen Entrepreneurship Program is intended to provided high school and middle school students with an introduction to entrepreneurship, a vibrant capstone event, and the opportunity to identify academic strengths and future career interests as a pathway to college and career. All participants will receive a certificate of accomplishment at the conclusion of the program.

The Entrepreneurship Program Gets Teens to Solve Real

Problems Through the Creation of a Product or Service.

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Utilizing design thinking, the core entrepreneurship curriculum will lead students
through entrepreneurship as building an asset for one’s community.

This program will provide a solid foundation for students to ideate, create and pitch a start-up. The program will cover:


  • Business concepts and development: Introducing students to for-profit, not-for-profit, and intrapreneurship

  • ​Ideation: What's a problem in your community and what product or service can be created to solve it?

  • Industry and market analysis: Identifying target markets and segments

  • Competitive analysis: Conducting online research and analyzing a competitor grid

  • Marketing: Determining price points for goods sold, identifying one’s value proposition

  • Product or service development: Prototyping one’s product or service

  • Financial plan: start-up costs, expenses, break even points and profit margins

  • Communications: Writing an executive summary, creating a fast pitch, problem solving with peers

  • ​Presentation skills: Creating a 7-10 slide presentation and narrating the information precisely

  • Critical thinking: Learning to take feedback in a positive manner and turn it into gold

  • Teamwork and peer support: Working with and supporting others as they develop their business

    Students will present both their written business plan along with a start-up pitch to parents, family members and the community on the last day of the program in preparation for the formal High School entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition. Members of the winning team will be awarded cash start-up funds and medal lanyards. 

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment, and an excellent experience to refer to on college admission essays and applications!