Future Founders Ignite provides intensive out-of-class experiences to immerse our most motivated students into the entrepreneurial ecosystem and help them build key skills. The program is targeted at elementary and high school students who completed Future Founders Discover, but is open to other students citywide. Ignite offers intensive multiple-day events for the highest performing students from each program cycle. Through these higher dosage offerings, students build relationships with likeminded peers and gain from deep learning opportunities.

Through Ignite, Future Founders offers two types of free entrepreneurship camps run out of 1871 that:

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

During the camps, students will create an app-based business idea and pitch. These activities will culminate in a community showcase where students will show off their entrepreneurial knowledge and business pitches to family members, friends, volunteers, and others.

Startup Spring Break Camp
Startup Spring Break is a free week-long entrepreneurship bootcamp for middle school girls run in partnership with Google. The 2018 camp included 32 students from 27 schools and took place March 26-30, 2018. Applications for the 2019 program will open in January 2019.

“Be Your Own Boss” Summer Entrepreneurship Camp

The “Be Your Own Boss” Summer Entrepreneurship Camp is a two-week long camp that takes high school students through the business development process. This year’s camp will take place from July 8-25, 2019.


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. Eligible students must have completed their freshman year of high school by June 2018 and not have completed the “Be Your Own Boss” Summer Entrepreneurship Camp previously. The camp will focus exclusively on students from underserved areas of the city, with priority to students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools. Applications will open in the spring.

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