Youth Camps


Startup Spring Break

The Basics
Startup Spring Break is a free week-long entrepreneurship bootcamp for middle school girls run in partnership with Google. The 2019 camp included 28 students from 23 schools. Watch 2019 highlights!

Why Should You Apply

  • Connect to successful female entrepreneurs
  • Build relationships with a peer group of like-minded talented female students
  • Gain exposure to entrepreneurship and Chicago’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Develop the skills you need to become an entrepreneur

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

Who Can Participate
Participating students should 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 6th through 8th-grade girls from Chicago Public Schools and not have participated in Startup Spring Break.

Application Process

Applications will open in spring 2020. You can email to get notified when applications open!

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.


Startup Summer Bootcamp

The Basics
Startup Summer Bootcamp is a paid learning experience that 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 world’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. Watch 2018 highlights and apply here!

Why Should You Apply

  • Build relationships with successful entrepreneurs and like-minded peers from Chicago high schools
  • Visit 1871 (the #1 incubator in the world) and get exposure to Chicago’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Show off your app at 1871 in a community showcase

The Details
During the camp, you’ll work in teams to create a business idea, build a basic working app prototype, and craft your business pitch. These activities will culminate in a community showcase on July 24 where you will show off your entrepreneurial knowledge and business pitches to family members, friends, volunteers, and others.

Dates: July 8-25, 2019 (Mondays – Thursdays only)
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Daily Meeting Place: 1871 in the Merchandise Mart
Stipend: $450 (based on 100% attendance and participation)

You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the camp. Future Founders will provide lunch and pay for all expenses during the camp day.

Ready to Apply?
Applications for Summer 2019 are open! Apply here by May 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Select applicants will be invited for group interviews at 1871 after the application deadline. Eligible students should not have participated in a Future Founders summer program.