Summer Camp


Startup Summer Camp

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.