Future Founders Teams Up With Google to Launch Startup Spring Break Camp for Middle School Girls

Future Founders today announced it teamed up with Google to launch Startup Spring Break, a free week-long entrepreneurship bootcamp for middle school girls. This intensive camp (April 7-13, 2017) is a selective program that will bring together up to 30 aspiring middle school entrepreneurs from across Chicago Public Schools.

During this camp hosted at Google’s Chicago office and LEAP Innovations at 1871, Future Founders will:

  • Connect students to successful female entrepreneurs
  • Create a peer group of like-minded talented female students
  • Provide exposure to entrepreneurship and Chicago’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Help students build the skills they need to become entrepreneurs

Throughout the week, students will create an app-based business idea and pitch. These activities will culminate in a community showcase at Google on Thursday, April 13, where students will show off their entrepreneurial knowledge and business pitches to family members, volunteers, elected officials, and others.

Who Can Participate:

Participating students should be hard-working, motivated and passionate about exploring entrepreneurship. The camp will push students outside their comfort zones and help them build leadership, confidence and entrepreneurial skills. Students should be current 7th or 8th grade girls from Chicago Public Schools. The camp will focus exclusively on students from underserved areas of the city.

Application Process:

Students can apply to be a part of Startup Spring Break by Friday, February 17. Select applicants will be invited for group interviews at 1871 on March 8, 9, and 10. Students will be notified of their final application status by March 13.

Camp Details:

Dates: Friday, April 7 – Thursday, April 13 (F, M, T, W and Th)
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Daily Meeting Place: 1871 in the Merchandise Mart
Tuition: Free
Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the camp. Future Founders will provide lunch and pay for all expenses during the camp day.

Background:

Careers in computer science continue to grow at three times the national rate of other fields, however women are still dramatically underrepresented in entrepreneurship and technology. In fact, the number of women in computer science has actually gotten worse over the last 30 years, and if this trend continues only 20 percent of women will hold computing jobs in 2025. That is why creating an inclusive environment to learn about entrepreneurship and technology – particularly for middle school age girls – like Startup Spring Break is so important.