310.251.8636 dquast@projectecho.org

Teen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Institute

A 3-week career acceleration program exposing high school students

to multiple industries and career paths through entrepreneurship.  

July 1 – July 24, 2019 (Full 3 week program)
July 15 – July 24 (Half program: Think Tank and Pitch Day)

This summer, step out of the classroom and into

THE BOARD ROOM, COURT ROOM, OPERATING ROOM and SHARK TANK!

ABOUT TIES
TIES is a career acceleration program for high school students curious about future employment in business, medical and or self employment. This rapid-paced program infuses entrepreneurial concepts and solution-based design thinking into multiple career oriented field trips, a week-long medical apprenticeship and a full week in the ECHO Think Tank, where teens will ideate and create a business.
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Medical Apprenticeship
Interns will participate in a variety of clinical activities and gain hands on experiences during their week at USC Roski Eye Institute. Teens will learn about all of the medical devices used by ophthalmologists, observe an eye exam, simulate completing a task with a visual impairment, measure visual acuity, learn about different ocular diseases and participate in the dissection of a cow’s eye. Teens will attend a full week at Roski Eye Institute under the direct supervision of a leading eye doctor, and participate in multiple events and activities throughout the week.  Teens will complete the week having been exposed to multiple career paths in the medical industry along with learning about career paths leading to future employment.  The week will conclude with a design challenge presented by the medical team.  Founded in 1974 by USC’s Keck School of Medicine, the Roski Eye Institute has been ranked in the top 10 ophthalmology programs in the country for the past 21 years.
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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 emerse 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.
Program Schedule at a Glance
Days of Innovation

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

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ChowNow is an online ordering, marketing and customer management platform for restaurants.

Farmers serves more than 10 million households with insurance policies in all 50 states.

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With 175 attorneys in 7 cities, this law firm represents larger corporations from a wide variety of industry sectors.

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, their week-long training at Roski Eye Institute, 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 3:15pm

Students will be placed in one of two cohorts and will participate in activities together. Students may request to be placed with a friend.

Location: TBD: near USC, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tuition:

Full Program (July 1-24): $1,650

Half Program (July 15-24): $750

The fee for this program includes all materials and transportation to Days of Innovation sites. Lunch is not included, and students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. It is the responsibility of the student to arrive on time at the designated location, which may vary.

 

Application Process

Complete the TIES application on-line here: TIES Application

For more information, Download the flyer: ECHO_TIES_FInal

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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