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TeenBiz Virtual Entrepreneurship Program

Now enrolling curious and innovative students 13-19 years old interested in business and entrepreneurship. No prior experience is required.
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From Think Tank to Shark Tank
Join us and Create and Pitch your Business!
Now enrolling teens in middle and high school

Is your teen interested in entrepreneurship?

Would they like to learn how to ideate and create a business? 

Are they interested in business as a future career, and excited to participate in a hands-on program and gain experience? 

Enroll in Project ECHO's Virtual TeenBiz Program!

Meeting on Saturdays, your teen will be guided in a virtual classroom by a master entrepreneurship educator. Following a formal curriculum in entrepreneurship, your student will be guided through the ideation process and will work toward developing a formal business plan, in preparation for participation in Project ECHO's Teen Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition.

Launching Saturday, January 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, PT
(full schedule is listed below)

 
Culminating Capstone Event: Teen Entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition
Tentatively scheduled for:
Sunday, April 21, 2024 in person in Los Angeles and on Zoom for those who cannot participate in person.  
Fee: $650 
Early Bird Coupon: Save $100 with coupon code: startup!

Helping Teens Elevate

Teenagers

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

Teen Entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition

At the conclusion of the program, these emerging entrepreneurs will pitch their start-up at the Teen Entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition. More than $6,500 will be awarded in cash start-up funds (aka college scholarships). Participants are invited to attend in person in Los Angeles, or virtually via Zoom.

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

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Overiew 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, students will understand the financial investment needed to launch a business and calculate future income, expenses, and profits.​

Students will get creative and design a full presentation deck and will pitch (Shark Tank-Style) at the capstone. Parents and friends are invited to watch the competition.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does my tuition include?
    Tuition includes enrollment in our program, which is led by a qualified and certificated master teacher, Zoom Room participation, recordings of all the Zoom sessions, office hours with the teacher, a student entrepreneur's workbook, and registration into the business plan competition.
  • Are students required to have prior entrepreneurship experience or class work?
    No, this is an introduction to entrepreneurship program, and no prior experience is required.
  • Are students required to start the program with a business idea already in mind?
    No, students will learn how to identify a business opportunity and turn that idea into a product or service.
  • Can students work on an idea they already identified?
    Yes, students can work on an existing idea.
  • Will students work by themselves or on a team?
    This program is highly interactive, and teens will be working together and supporting each other throughout the duration of the program. If teens have a similar idea, they can choose to work together and divide the workload. Or teens can choose by themselves. It's up the the students to decide, however, we encourage teamwork!
  • Is there homework?
    As the competition nears, teens may find that they have work to accomplish outside of the Saturday class, to ensure their pitch and presentation are ready to go. Students who are part of a team very often schedule time to meet to complete their projects together. As the saying goes, you get what you put into it!
  • What if my student has a schedule conflict and has to miss a session?
    We know teens are busy, and students can schedule office hours with the teacher to go over any missed material. In addition, as a virtual program, all sessions will be recorded and shared with the students and their parents. Students are asked to stay on top of the material to ensure they are being active members of their business team and participating accordingly.
  • Will my student launch their business in this program?
    No, teens will not start and launch their businesses in this program, however, they will be provided with resources that can help them start-up, if interested.
  • If I win the Competition, am I required to use the funds to start my business?
    No, Project ECHO awards winning teams with a check. Students are permitted to use the funds as they wish, with many saving the money for college.
Program Fee
$650
Save $100 with coupon code: startup

 

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.

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.

VIRTUAL CLASS SCHEDULE

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

January 20, 27

February 10, 17, 24

March 9, 16, 23

April 6, 13

Competition: Tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 21 at Loyola Marymount University!

OFFICE HOURS FOR STUDENT SUPPORT

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We offer office hours for to support student learning.

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

Office hours will be available immediately after class, and must be requested by students at least 24 hours in advance.

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 10-12 slide presentation and narrating the information precisely in an 8-minute pitch

  • 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 prepare for the High School Entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition throughout the course. Members of the winning team will be awarded cash start-up funds and medal lanyards. 

Students will participate in a formal business plan competition in the spring. Winning teams will be awarded with cash star-up funds, medal lanyards and major bragging rights! 

 

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

**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 competition, nor does Project ECHO provide assistance to participants interested in launching their businesses.  TeenBiz Virtual Teen Entrepreneurship Program is intended to provide 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. This program requires a minimun enrollment of five students, otherwise, it may be canceled.
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