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Be Your Own Boss Entrepreneurship Camp for High School Students

The Basics

The “Be Your Own Boss” Summer Entrepreneurship Camp teaches you all the skills you need to create and pitch your own business idea to investors. Entrepreneurs are doers, so we’ve designed each day to be hands-on, different and fun. Teens get a VIP pass to see every corner of Chicago’s startup community. The camp is hosted out of 1871, the nation’s number one tech incubator space that has helped hundreds of companies grow. This program will walk you step-by-step through the process of launching your own tech company.  

The Schedule

Last year, we had over 500 applications for 25 slots. We want to work with as many students as possible, so we’ve expanded the camp to serve more students. We plan to have three sessions, each of which will have about 20 students in them.

In these small group sessions, you’ll work in teams to create a business idea over the course of a week-long intensive camp. At the end of the first week, you’ll have identified your business idea, built a basic working app prototype, and crafted your business pitch.

Teens from each of the week-long camps will participate in the final week of the camp at the same time from July 24 to July 28. During the final week, you’ll prepare for the Community Showcase event on July 27. At the Showcase, you’ll pitch your idea to a packed room guests in an expo-style format.

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 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.

Here is the schedule for the camps:

  • Session 1: June 26-30 & July 24-28
  • Session 2: July 10-14 & July 24-28
  • Session 3: July 17-21 & July 24-28

In your application you need to apply for a specific session.

Ready to Apply?

Applications for Summer 2018 will open in Spring 2018.