310.251.8636 dquast@projectecho.org

A ten-week virtual program!

Innovation and Entrepreneurship After School Program

Thursdays, October 8 through  December 17, 2020

(Class is excused on Thursday, November 26, in recognition of Thanksgiving)

Classes take place on Zoom from 4PM -6PM (PST)

Looking for an innovative and interactive after school program that keeps your students engaged? Entrepreneurship is a proven way to ignite a teen’s creativity, curiosity and innovative spirit!  Teens will get to explore their passions and academic strengths as they start to ideate and create their own business. They’ll learn how to take a product or service from idea to being the next big thing. While this  program is intended to encourage teens to work in teams, many decide to work solo on their business idea.

Along the way, teens will get to explore their industry interests and learn from entrepreneurs’ case studies. Intended to demonstrate how entrepreneurs in multiple industries turned an idea into a successful business, or how some failed.

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

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 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 program, 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, and interested parents and family members.
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Special Guest Interviews

Special guest entrepreneurs and executives will be invited into the Think Tank to share their entrepreneurial journey along with information about their industry. These dynamic interviews are intended to introduce students to multiple career paths within a variety of industries.

On average, there will be three to five special guest interviews.

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 program, and each student will get to 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.


$600 for the full program (Save $100 with the Early Bird Discount honored until 9/17).

Application Process

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

Step 2: Complete your registration payment by clicking the Paypal button below.

Registration Fees
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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