Spring Break Camp

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 2018 camp included 32 students from 27 schools. Our 2019 camp will be held from April 15-19. Watch 2018 highlights and apply here!

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 on Friday, April 19, 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
Students can apply to be a part of Startup Spring Break by March 13. Select applicants will be invited for group interviews at 1871. Students will be notified of their final application status by April 1.

Camp Details
Dates: April 15 – April 19 (M, T, W, Th, F)
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 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.

*If transportation is a significant barrier either to interview or participate, please leave a note in your application.

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.