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Are you a young entrepreneur with a big idea? Do you have a plan for an invention but aren’t sure of how to follow through? Are you a teenage businessperson in need of mentorship or funding? Do you idea that is going to help change the world?
If so, consider looking into the organizations that we’ve listed below. Each of these organizations, whether they’re an incubator, mentorship program or something else entirely, are dedicated to helping students like you achieve their dreams. No matter your interest – finance, tech, management or something else cutting edge and new – these organizations can help you turn your entrepreneurship dreams into a reality.
1. Beta Bowl
Beta Bowl offers virtual entrepreneurship programs for teens. Their educational enrichment programs (featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, & more) take teens through the process of building a business idea from inception to launch. Students come out with concrete deliverables, an impressive resume booster and college application differentiator, robust business acumen, and a host of valuable skills that will help them in their personal, educational, and professional futures.
2. Beta Camp
BETA Camp is a 6-week virtual entrepreneurship bootcamp where teens 12-18 build revenue-generating startups. The program is taught by world-class instructors, industry professionals, and entrepreneurs from companies like Google, Apple, IKEA, Meta, Doordash, and Mckinsey. Several alumni leave the programs with thousands in revenue and over the next months have raised 150k-1.5M in seed funding.
This program will set teens up for success as an entrepreneur over the course of our 8 week business incubator. Each week students will focus on building out a new portion of their business including marketing, sales, brand building, offer design/client retention, finance/legal, scaling a business and team building. Attendees will have weekly class sessions and weekly assignments directly related to their specific business plan and the needs of their business.
4. DECA: Resources for a Young Entrepreneur
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.With a 75-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946.
5. Future Business Leaders of America
Future Business Leaders of America is the largest business Career and Technical Student Organization in the world. The aim is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.
LaunchX is the top high school entrepreneurship summer program, equipping high school students with the skills and mindset to launch a real company. Students are trained with the skills and innovative thinking to gain real traction through an actual product offering and sales, laying the foundation for a successful business.
Leangap turns ambitious teenagers into startup founders. Their programs help teens launch an impactful startup with the guidance of mentors who have launched startups themselves. With Leangap, you’ll acquire real customers and engage with genuine investors away from a classroom setting, empowering you to be a true leader.
8. Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
NFTE is a global educational nonprofit focused on bringing the power of entrepreneurship to youth in low-income communities. NFTE’s rigorous programs are taught by a highly trained Teacher Corps, and NFTE students are supported by a diverse Volunteer Corps drawn from the local community, including business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Other Resources for A Young Entrepreneur
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