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Our Programs

Multiple Entrepreneurship Programs, After School Activities, and Clubs for Rising Middle through High School Students
MiSIE

Middle School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

A tailor-made entrepreneurship program for 6th – 8th grade students

TIES

Tailored Innovation & Entrepreneurship Studies

A semester-long curriculum complete with industry-specific case studies and design challenges

Launching ECHO

An entrepreneurship primer that brings project-based learning to your classroom

Start-Up! Entrepreneurship Club

A coordinated curriculum for groups of students interested in entrepreneurship and competing in the High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition

Welcome to Project ECHO’s High School Entrepreneurs’ Program – We’re Virtual!

Project ECHO’s programs have been designed to keep students engaged, whether your back to traditional school or in a virtual environment.  Project ECHO provides an invigorating environment for middle and high school students to learn about entrepreneurship through a variety of innovative programs that combines business fundamentals, mentoring, college field trips and activity-based learning.  It’s successful because of our collaborative approach to working with schools, school clubs and after-school programs allowing teachers (and club facilitators) to take the lead and teach the program to their students in their classrooms or in a virtual environment.

Project ECHO offers a myriad of programs:

  • Teen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Studies (TIES): A semester-long program for high school students
  • Middle School Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MiSIE): A semester-long program for rising 6th – 8th graders
  • Launching ECHO: A project-based activity that can be incorporated into any academic discipline, focused on entrepreneurship
  • Start-Up Club! is an entrepreneurship club platform that can be adopted by any group of students who are interested in entrepreneurship, want to create a business plan and compete in ECHO’s business plan competition
  • The High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition is an annual competition where hundreds of teens compete for cash start up funds. This event will return to UCLA Korn Hall when its safe to do so. Until then, we’re on Zoom!

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High School Entrepreneurs’

2020-2021 Event Dates: 

Until it’s safe to return to in-person events at UCLA, events will be hosted on Zoom.

High School Entrepreneurs Business’ Boot Camp #1

Introduction to Ideation: Coming up with Solution-Based and Innovative Ideas 

Introduction to Marketing: An Action Plan for Success

High School Entrepreneurs Business Boot Camp #2

The Bottom Line of Business Finance: An introduction to Business Finance 

Nervous About Presenting? An Introduction to Public Speaking

The Elevator-Pitch Contest

High School Entrepreneurs’ Mega Mentor Day

Work with a mentor to gain final feedback and presentation practice before the competition! 

High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition: tbd

The format and dates for the 2021 Business Plan Competition are currently being considered. Check back here for updates!

ECHO’s capstone event invites all of our high school business teams to compete in a formal business plan competition. Written business plans and formal presentations are evaluated, with the highest scoring teams winning cash prizes.

The High School Entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition

Every Team Wins - But a Few Walk Away With Start-Up Funds

Watch the winning presentations from previous competitions here!

Team RIPPED from Long Beach Polytechnic High School Won the 2013 Overall Competition

Team SIMPLY PILL from St. John Bosco High School Wins the 2019 High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition!

Project ECHO is proud to announce that the business team Simply Pill from St. John Bosco High School won the 2019 High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition. Simply Pill offered an innovative idea combined with an extremely well written and thorough business plan and interesting team presentation.  Congratulations to this team of seniors from St. John Bosco who have competed in ECHO’s competition for the last three years.  Simply Pill walked away with a $1,000 check.

Watch their winning pitch by clicking their photo to the left.

 

Branded from Charter Oak High School Wins the 2018 High School Entrepreneurs Business Plan Competition! 

Branded, a spirit wear and accessory company from Charter Oak High School, won Project ECHO’s 2018 High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition. This team’s combined scores from their written business plan and their presentation score ranked the highest out of 51 teams competing in the 14th Annual Competition. In addition, this team actually launched their business in the Winter, garnering additional applause from the judges.  The team wore their clothing line during the competition, and passed around water bottles and apparel to demonstrate the quality of their products.  Their full line includes everything from outer wear, clothing, water bottles to face tattoos. You can check out their full store here: https://www.cohsbranded.com. This team earned $1,000 in cash start-up funds, a trophy and they/ve certainly helped Charter Oak earn bragging rights, with the school winning two years in a row. Special congratulations to their teacher, Camille Strycula, who also was awarded the Chip Goodman Entrepreneurial Teacher of the Year.

To watch the winning team video, please click on the photo to the left.

Vie Health WINS THE 2017 HIGH SCHOOL ENTREPRENEUR’S BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION!

Vie Health took home the grand prize and won the Overall Competition at the 13th annual Project ECHO Business Plan Competition.  This team of seniors and one junior attend Charter Oak High School in Covina.  Vie Health’s combined scores from their written business plan and their presentation score ranked the highest out of 55 teams competing. This awesome quartet was truly surprised when their name was announced, and they earned $1,000 cash start-up funds, a trophy and they/ve certainly worked hard for some major bragging rights! Congrats Vie Health!

To watch the winning team video, please click on the photo to the left.

WaterWise WINS THE 2016 HIGH SCHOOL ENTREPRENEUR’S BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION!

Congratulations to WaterWise, a team of 9th graders from Long Beach Polytechnic High School-PACE Academy for winning the 12th Annual High School Entrepreneur’s Business Plan Competition. Water Wise’s combined scores from their written business plan and their presentation score ranked the highest out of 110 teams competing. They walked away with $1,000 cash start-up funds, a lovely trophy and bragging rights for the year!

2015 Competition Winning Team, Fil, from Banning High School

FIL WINS THE 2015 HIGH SCHOOL ENTREPRENEUR’S BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION!

Congratulations to Team Fil from Banning High, who were announced as the 2015 Overall Competition Winners at the High School Entrepreneur’s Business Plan Competition. This annual event that took place at UCLA Anderson School of Management received competition submissions from more than 100 teams and 500 students. Team Fil’s combined scores from their written business plan and their presentation score ranked the highest at the end of the competition awarding them $1,000 cash, a beautiful trophy and they’ll be featured on Business Rock Stars, a nationally syndicated radio program. Project ECHO is extremely proud of this amazing team of seniors. Congratulations!

Click the photo to watch their presentation!

GIFTSWAP from Long Beach Polytechnic High School won the overall competition

GIFTSWAP WINS THE 2014 HIGH SCHOOL ENTREPRENEUR’S BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION!

Team GIFTSWAP from Long Beach Polytechnic High School was awarded the Overall Competition Winner at the 2014 competition and walked away with a $1,000 check. This winning team received the highest score at the end of the competition which evaluated both a written business plan and an oral presentation that utilized a visual presentation to support their remarks.

Check out their full pitch and presentation by clicking on their photo to the left!

Team RIPPED from Long Beach Polytechnic High School Won the 2013 Overall Competition

Team RIPPED Wins the 2013 High School Entrepreneur’s Business Plan Competition!

Project ECHO awarded RIPPED the Overall Competition Winners at the 2013 High School Entrepreneur’s Business Plan Competition. This team’s written business plan combined with a stellar presentation scored them the highest marks by the end of the competition. For their hard work, RIPPED walked away with a $1,000 check. The RIPPED team are comprised of 9th graders attending Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

Watch their winning pitch by clicking their photo to the left.