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Entrepreneurs-in-Training (11 days)

"To be honest I really want it to never end! I don't want it to end because I actually created something I am so proud of! Thank you!" -2013 Participant

"Although I knew my summer at Barnard would be an amazing experience, I never realized what an impact it would have on my life and how it would impact my confidence, me as a student, and my interest in business." - 2013 Participant

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - Thursday, July 17, 2014

Eleven-Day Program, Residential Only, Rising high school juniors and seniors

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ATHENA CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP STUDIES 

Entrepreneurs envision the future. And you can be a part of it.

What do Spanx, HP, Avon, Time, IBM, Gilt, Hanky Panky and Yahoo! have in common? Women founders and CEOs, that’s what!

New York City is the global capital for women entrepreneurs and, this summer, as a future entrepreneur, you can learn how to launch your very own startup. We'll help you develop an idea and turn it into a promising plan of action with hands-on teaching by some of the most successful leaders in the industry.

 

 

Courses for this program range from Developing a Business Idea to Getting Funded and include three site visits to start-ups in New York. Students will work in groups as they develop their own ventures, build public speaking skills, and ultimately pitch their ideas to mentors, staff, judges, and fellow students - resulting in an awards ceremony for Most Compelling Pitch and more. Instructors for these courses and workshops are start-up experts, having founded or lead ventures of their own. 

Students will attend class, workshops, or site visits from 9 am - 5:30/6 pm Monday through Wednesday of the following week. Evening hours can be used to attend a variety of activities provided by the Summer Pre-College Program.

2014 Course Schedule

 

Sunday, July 6:

  • Welcome, fashion show, NYC orientation and introduction to the program and program leaders

Monday, July 7:

  • Choosing a Business with co-founder of Entrepreneurs@Athena & Improv workshop with Broadway Theatre performers & storytelling coaches

Tuesday, July 8: 

  • Customer Analysis & Market Research, User Experience Design with Lean Startup Machine, and field trip to local startup

Wednesday, July 9:

Thursday, July 10:

  • Negotiation, Implement Startup Roadmap and Getting Funded with founder of 37 Angels followed by field trip to NY based Hanky Panky headquaters!

Friday, July 11:

  • Marketing 101, Branding, Business Naming with CEO of Nucleus Branding, formerly Marketing Director of The Harvard Business School

"The class with Elizabeth Talerman on Marketing was my favorite because  I could really sense her passion in what she does." - 2013 student

Saturday, July 12:

  • Free day!

Sunday, July 13:

  • Business Plan, Business Naming Continued, Storytelling Workshop with storyteller from NPR's The Moth

Monday, July 14:

  • Marketing your own story and personal financial fluency, followed by field trip to NY based startup!

Tuesday, July 15:

  • Pitch Rehearsal day

Wednesday, July 16:

  • Awards & Pitch Presentations to panel of expert startup advisors and leading NYC investors

"At first I couldn't imagine myself pitching and was kind of hesitant about how I could succeed. But by the end I had a sense of 'I can do this!' -2013 Participant

Thursday, July 17:

  • Move out day

"I don't want to leave! Every day got better and better." -2013 Participant