“Be Your Own Boss” Summer Camp Blog

JULY 9, 2018

Today at Future Founders, we kicked off our annual two-week long “Be Your Own Boss” Summer Entrepreneurship Camp! The camp brought together 26 high school students from Chicago Public Schools, and we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the group of future entrepreneurs that have decided to spend their summers with us. Laughter and games broke the ice as the group got to know more about each other; this was the first of many opportunities during camp to experience collaboration and creative thinking. Before lunch, we took our campers on a tour of 1871 to explore the number one business incubator in the world. Later, we gave students a preview of the camp experience and ran a design thinking workshop to help them create app business ideas. During the next two weeks, students will build out working app prototypes and pitch them to investors at our July 19 showcase. We will be posting daily blogs following the experience of our “Be Your Own Boss” campers, so check in every day to receive updates on just one of the many programs we have here at Future Founders!

JULY 10, 2018


The “Be Your Own Boss” Summer Camp took to Chicago today on a 90-minute innovation hunt. Students were divided into teams that each went into The Loop to complete a series of entrepreneurial challenges. Each team (guided by our talented instructors) was given instructions with locations and objectives, and scattered throughout the city with their minds set on completing those opportunities for the most points. Each challenge required creativity, collaboration and the courage to ask strangers how they could help them solve a problem they currently faced. Afterwards, they reflected on their successes and discussed what lessons they could use to grow as entrepreneurs. With the excitement of the competition behind them, campers began to design their apps with their sights set on winning a piece of the $15,000 in scholarship money next week.