310.251.8636 dquast@projectecho.org

A two-week virtual program!

Teen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Program

A career acceleration program exposing high school students

to multiple industries and career paths through entrepreneurship.  

Monday – Friday, August 3 thru August 14, 2020

Your Zoom classroom will be led by an instructor from 10am to 2:00pm (PST) daily

This summer, step out of the classroom and explore innovations in multiple industries, and create your own!

Students can focus on a specific area, or be exposed to multiple industries, which may include:

biotech, information & communication technology, performing arts, gaming, engineering and more!

At the conclusion of the program, teens will have ideated a product or service and will present their pitch at a showcase event.

ABOUT TIES
TIES is a career acceleration program for middle and 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 centered around the ECHO Think Tank, where teens will ideate and create a business. This program is most suitable for students in 8th grade through graduating seniors.
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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 and pitch deck. 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 to a panel of business executives.
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Virtual Days of Innovation
Days of Innovation are designed to introduce teens 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.  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.
Virtual 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 three virtual 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 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.

Classroom size: 5-20

Accepted grades: Rising 7th -12th grade. Work will be differentiated based on student ability.

Schedule

10-12noon (PST): Students will check in on Zoom for teacher led activities

12noon – 1:30pm: Students will work on their projects either independently or with their business teams to accomplish work on their business plans.

1:30 – 2:00pm: Students will reconvene with their teacher in the initial Zoom and share their progress with the class.

This summer program will be conducted on-line via Zoom

Tuition:

$800 for the full program (coupons honored through August 2. Enter Coupon Code on the registration form)

Application Process

Step 1: Click the REGISTER HERE button below to complete the application.

Step 2: You will receive a Paypal invoice via your email to complete your registration process.

Need more information?

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

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