310.251.8636 dquast@projectecho.org

Teen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Program

A 2-week career acceleration program exposing high school students

to multiple industries and career paths through entrepreneurship.  

July 6 – July 17, 2020 (Full 2 week program)

This summer, step out of the classroom and into

THE BOARD ROOM, COURT ROOM and SHARK TANK!

ABOUT TIES
TIES is a career acceleration program for high school students curious about future employment in business. This rapid-paced program infuses entrepreneurial concepts and solution-based design thinking into multiple career oriented field trips and a full week in the ECHO Think Tank, where teens will ideate and create a business.
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Think Tank
Designed specifically for young entrepreneurs, Think Tank participants will learn how to ideate and create a business, and will immerse themselves in researching and developing a full business plan. Throughout the week, teens will learn from professionals in multiple industries on how to create a business that will solve real problems. Teens will work in teams or individually to develop a business plan, complete with marketing plans, consumer data, competitive analysis and financials.  At the end of the week, teens will focus on creating a pitch deck complete with a PowerPoint presentation and will present their pitch on the last day of the program.
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Days of Innovation
Days of Innovation are designed to introduce interns to multiple career paths that exist in a variety of industries.  Each Day of Innovation was designed to introduce students to unique businesses and learn about the staff and their positions.  Near the end of the day at each DOI, teens will be presented with a unique challenge facing the business and teams of teens will utilize their design thinking techniques to quickly prototype a solution.
Days of Innovation

Days of Innovation are designed to introduce students to multiple career paths within a variety of industries. Presented with an industry problem, teens will rapidly prototype solutions and present their findings.

Teens will attend four full-day field trips at Innovation partner sights.

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Additional Information

Throughout this program, teens will use design-thinking methods and consider the WHY? Why does this industry or product thrive? Why do people interact or engage with brands? Through the lens of empathy and in partnership with their peers, participants will be challenged to consider an industry challenge, and work with employee mentors who’ll initiate solution based thinking.
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Each Day of Innovation challenge and Week-Long activity will integrate specific learning objectives accomplished in Project ECHO’s entrepreneurship and design thinking curriculum. Presenting a capstone project is an important element of the TIES program, and each student will get to choose one challenge that they learned about from either a Day of Innovation or present their own business plan developed in the Think Tank and present their project on the last day of the program.
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No prior experience in business or entrepreneurship is required of participants.

Schedule

Each day will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Los Angeles

Tuition:

Full Program (July 6-17): $1,400

Program fee includes all program materials students will need, transportation to Day of Innovation field trips, and lunch during field trips (4).  Please note, lunch is not included when teens will be working inside the Think Tank.  It is highly desirable for students to bring a personal computer/laptop each day of the program.

Application Process

To be added to the Program Waitlist, please complete the Contact Form below and include the contact information for the student who’s interested in participating in TIES.

Need more information?

Contact Diane Quast, Executive Director, at (310) 251-8636 or via email: dquast@projectecho.org.

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