FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Online Social Entrepreneurship College Program

Challenge yourself with a real college experience. Launch a new venture in 8 weeks (January 14 - March 4th one night per week). Take a fascinating class with expert faculty, and prep for college admissions.

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Real High School Entrepreneurs, Building Real Companies


"I can thank Mr. Steren for laying the groundwork for my entrepreneurship journey"

- Kirby Porter, Harvard Graduate and Sports Business Journal 30 under 30

"Through Marc’s teachings, in just 2 short months we were able to learn and implement key foundational principles that directly impacted our product market fit and go to market strategies which led to the successful launch and scale of Kitu life Super Coffee.”
- Jordan DeCicco, Founder & COO

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Our Students Come From NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, FL, CA, DC, SC:
Bullis School | Great Neck North High School | Holton-Arms School | Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School | Ramapo High School | Richard Montgomery High School | St. Andrews Episcopal School | Walt Whitman High School | Winston Churchill High School | Maret | National Cathedral School | Sidwell Friends School | Syosset High School | University High School (SFO) | DECA | Girls Who Run | McLean High School | Charles E Smith Jewish Day School | Packer Collegiate | Tenafly High School | Basis Independent | DW Daniel High School | Flintridge Preparatory School | Horace Mann School | Suffern High School

Why University Startups?

University Startups is a challenging college-level startup design course that teaches high school students how to start for-profit social impact companies over 8 weeks.

College-Level Courses Taught by Expert Faculty

Marc Steren, Georgetown University
Marc is the co-director of the Georgetown University Summer Launch program. He is the NFIB entrepreneur educator of the year 2015, the David S. Stone Excellence in Teaching award winner 2015 and the founder of the Young Innovators program. He has experience as the founder of multiple startups in technology, real estate and franchising. He is also the founder of BACCA methodology for student entrepreneurs that helps improve entrepreneurial self belief, build stronger teams with sustainable designs and creative ideas, conduct customer development, learn the business model canvas, and to utilize lean analytics. His book, The Student Guide to Entrepreneurship came out November 2015.

John Jabara, Georgetown / University of Maryland Professor
John started and ran international business units at GlaxoSmithkline, and teaches Technology Startups and Social Entrepreneurship at Georgetown and UMD. John is a 2-time Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Winner at Georgetown for Outstanding Mentorship as an Entrepreneur in Residence, and his student teams have won school and industry awards, government grants and investor funding. His book Mastering Customer Interviews for Entrepreneurs is used in new business design courses nationwide. A 3-time startup founder, John was named Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year by the Clean Energy Center, and his company was awarded Maryland Incubator Company of the Year and ‘Best For Environment’ by the non-profit B-Lab from 2015-2017.

Mike Malloy, Georgetown University
Mike Malloy is the Program Director at the Halcyon Incubator, which supports early-stage social entrepreneurs from around the world. Prof. Malloy teaches Social Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University, where he also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to advise undergraduate and graduate students on startup ideas. He has 12+ years of professional experience as a Deloitte management consultant and social enterprise sunglasses company CEO.

Sample Day: Customer Experiments, Prototypes, Landing Pages & Pitch Tests

Daily Objectives & Schedule
1. Learn how to design and run a customer experiment
2. Understand how to conduct a pitch test and get customer feedback
3. Build a web landing page
4. Conduct 3 customer interviews on your Pitch Test.
5. Prepare 2 minute Pitch Video - Experiment Design, Landing Page & Pitch Test

6:00 - 6:50 PM 
Live Session I - Learn & Do. Landing Page Concepts and Team Activity I.

7:00 - 7:50 PM 
Live Session II - Learn & Do. Experiments, Prototypes and Team Pitch Test Activity II.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
Team Meeting & Mentor Visits. Review weekly objectives, allocate tasks, team work. Meet team mentor / coach and instructor.

Immerse Yourself in Entrepreneurship.

Brainstorm new ideas, contact potential customers, meet mentors, iterate solutions and build your website.

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About Our Program

This LIVE online course is designed and taught by top tier University business professors, and uses the same methodology and materials found in leading business school courses worldwide. 50+ hours of learning.

Dates
January 14 - March 4th 
Thursdays 6 - 9 pm
Days
8 weeks in duration
Team Size
Teams of 4 or 5
Ages
15-18 years old
Grades 9-12
Learning Hours
Over 50 hours
Tuition
$1,399 ($1,299 by December 14)
"We are thrilled that my son took that class. Not only did he learn a lot, but he also started to think differently. It is also the first time that I saw my child so enthusiastic about a class. Thank you so much for such a valuable and positive experience."
"The platform you used to be in constant, real-time contact with the students and their ability to work together was especially important given the broader circumstances. Feeling empowered to create their own opportunities and learning how they can build a business for themselves was very exciting and made them feel independent."
"This was clearly an excellent fit, with the focus on social entrepreneurship and what she is busy with right now. This is exactly the type of course that she would do more of... Thank you, Professors Jabara & Steren and your team"
"My son started thinking differently about business in general, asking questions, opinions... He also really enjoyed the team work."
"My student was engaged throughout the course, worked well with his cohort, and got a lot out of the program."
"The start up experience lent to an authentic learning environment, where they could apply concepts daily."
"I thought the course was excellent, the business aspect, organization and working with a team of unknowns gave it real life value."
"This course was amazing and really gave me the entrepreneurship mindset that I was looking for and continue to pursue in college and after. Also it provided such valuable information and was very enjoyable at the same time."
"Starting from just an idea and then really getting the chance to develop it was really cool and rewarding also just learning some of the business terminology was good because I know I will be able to use that later in my life."
"Meeting with mentors and learning about how to make changes to a business was the most valuable aspect. The mentors helped our group understand how to make our company flow smoothly."
"This course was different because it was more driven by student work rather than solely lectures. Although there were lectures which were very informative, the majority of the course was dependent on us making our own decisions and it required us to branch out and do things we would not do otherwise."
"Meeting with our mentors and coaches were extremely valuable...I also loved being in groups for almost the entire afternoon. I thought this time was very valuable because my team and I felt we had a lot of time to finish our work and make sure it was perfect."
"I thought this course was great and the idea was perfect. many people in high school just want to go into "business" when they get older so I thought that being part of one type of business was really cool. The course was also really flexible so in the beginning everything was open for us to choose what we wanted to focus on."
"I genuinely think that this course was spectacular. I had the opportunity to learn so much in such a short time period, and am extremely grateful for it. I would definitely take this course again if I had the chance to."
"This course was amazing and I had a lot of fun with it while learning tons of important information about not only entrepreneurship, but a lot more."
"I personally believe that our mentors were extremely helpful and valuable, as they gave us great advice that we heeded and implemented to better our product."
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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Contact us at info@university-startups.com

Do students need to come into the course with a business idea?

No. If students have a business idea, they are welcome to bring it along to discuss with their team to decide which idea to progress through the course. We will also have a list of problem statements the students can choose from.

Can students come into the course as a team?

Yes. If students would like to join the course as a team they are welcome to sign up and let us know during registration. For students not enrolled as a team, we will place them in teams of 4 to get the maximum benefit of the teamwork component in the course.

Will you be running more sessions?

If students are unable to secure a seat in a course, please let us know and we will put you on a wait list for future courses.

Can students really launch a business in 8 weeks?

Yes. Depending on the problem statement chosen and their ability to develop a solution / find customers, students should be able to build a simple website and start taking pre-orders, recruiting beta testers and in some cases generating sales.  Learning is the key objective here, and students will learn the lean startup process that will be very useful in future innovation projects or new ventures.

What kind of students are a good fit for this course?

This is a challenging college level course, so prospective students should be prepared to work hard, try new things and take personal responsibility to self-manage and keep up with daily assignments. Students will be reaching out to potential customers via email and phone, meeting with new teammates over video, and interacting with experienced business mentors and instructors. Please contact us for more information.

Why the focus on social impact companies?

Young entrepreneurs want to change the world, and for-profit social entrepreneurship is a great way to introduce students to new concepts using business as a force for social good. Working on for-profit businesses to help a high risk group, improve some aspect of the environment or solving other problems with wider impacts gives students a well-rounded perspective of the challenges and opportunities, and builds character.

How does the course help with college preparation?

Entrepreneurial endeavors in high school can play an important role in framing student storylines for college applications. In this course we build in specific instruction from experts, including counselors and successful students on how to think about and plan potential pathways to highlight entrepreneurship in essays and other application components.

How is University Startups different from other online courses?

University Startups is a challenging college level course, using college curriculum, dedicated college instructors and experienced college mentors. Our team interacts with students, graduates and new business founders every day.

Our program aims to bring excellence to a topic that is too often standardized, and we’re confident that our backgrounds in entrepreneurship course design, teaching and mentoring can help students achieve their startup learning goals.

How are co-founder teams formed?

There are many components that are taken into consideration to increase the chances of team alignment and success, such as:
- Amount of passion team members feel towards the opportunity / problem to be solved
- Variety of experience and qualifications
- Complementary skill sets
- Balance of personalities

What is the cancellation policy?

Refund Schedule
A percent of your program charge may be returned to you, depending on when you withdraw from your program.
Date of Official Withdrawal:
- Before December 14, 2020 - 80 percent of total charge
- Before December 21, 2020 - 60 percent of total charge
- Before December 28, 2020 - 40 percent of total charge
- Before January 4, 2020 - 20 percent of total charge
- After January 4, 2021 - 0 percent of total charge

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