Experience launching a startup
in high school

Venture Camp is an entrepreneurship program where high school students create a real business.

September 9th - November 15th, 2024. Join from anywhere 🌎

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Explore entrepreneurship and build a real business

“Venture Camp is the type of program I wish existed when I was in high school”

Sonny Mo

Sonny was co-founder at Bloom and studied at Brown University

“Ben and the instruction team at Venture Camp are real founders supporting high school student entrepreneurs”

Viraj Bindra

Viraj is a product leader at DoorDash and graduated from Stanford University

“Their mentorship helped us build a startup that was accepted into Y Combinator”

Shobha Dasari

Shobha is the co-founder of Flair Health, a Y Combinator-backed startup, and studied at Stanford

Explore Venture Camp in 5 minutes

WORKING TOGETHER

Launch your startup—with our proven process

By the end of Venture Camp, you will emerge with a business, a launched product/service, users, and even revenue.

Module 1
Ideation 💡
  • Learn entrepreneurship fundamentals
  • Learn how to identify real problems to solve
  • Apply techniques from Y Combinator and Wharton
  • Create and test business ideas
Module 2
Research & Build 💻
  • Market research and customer interviews
  • Learn tactical skills: no-code, technology tools, writing
  • Build a minimum viable product (MVP)
Module 3
Market & Sell 🚀
  • Learn how to market and sell your product/service
  • Strategies and tools for outreach
  • Learn business and finance fundamentals
  • Get real traction: users and revenue ($)
Module 4
Grow & Pitch 📈
  • Continue to iterate and improve your product
  • Leadership and teamwork best practices
  • Learn how to build a pitch deck
  • Share your business and traction at demo day!
Kai Chen
Applied Research at OpenAI, Co-Founder at Dispatch Technologies. Penn M&T ‘17
Shobha Dasari
Co-Founder at Flair Health. Y Combinator and Stanford alumni.
Alex Sands
Co-Founder at Pilot, Wharton/Penn M&T alumni.
Sonny Mo
Co-Founder/CEO Bloom, Thiel Fellow, and Brown 2021.
Ajay Patel
Machine Learning PhD at Penn. Co-Founder at Plasticity.
Jerry Registre
Product at Meta, Harvard alumni. Co-Founder at Peerlift.
Our Mentors

Mentorship from a world-class young founder and industry network

During Venture Camp, teams will closely partner with a dedicated instructor who will guide them through the process of launching their business.

In addition to each student's dedicated guide, they will learn from and connect with a wide world-class mentor network.

Kai Chen
Research at OpenAI, Co-Founder at Dispatch Technologies. Penn M&T ‘17
Shobha Dasari
Co-Founder at Flair Health. Y Combinator and Stanford alumni.
Alex Sands
Co-Founder at Pilot, Wharton/Penn M&T alumni.
Sonny Mo
Co-Founder/CEO Bloom, Thiel Fellow, and Brown 2021.
Ajay Patel
Machine Learning PhD at Penn. Co-Founder at Plasticity.
Jerry Registre
Product at Meta, Harvard alumni. Co-Founder at Peerlift.
WORKING TOGETHER

Mentorship from a world-class founder and industry network

During Venture Camp, teens get instruction, do 1:1 mentorship, have office hours, and hear talks from entrepreneurs and business leaders.

WORKING TOGETHER

An engaging bootcamp experience

During Venture Camp, teens receive instruction, get 1:1 and small-group mentorship, have office hours, and hear talks from entrepreneurs and business leaders. All while creating their own business.

GOING FORWARD

Establish a robust foundation for college and your future career

At the end of Venture Camp, you’ll have a real business that you can submit to pitch competitions, continue to grow as an independent study, and even pitch VCs for funding.

Accelerate your career at top companies
Showcase your passion and drive for colleges and further education
GOING FORWARD

Bridging Silicon Valley startup tactics and research from leading business schools

1
Kick off with a unique business ideation process (no idea needed!)
2
Interactive bootcamp to go build your startup
3
Show off your traction and business at demo day
  • Runs from September 9th to November 15th, 2024 (after school and weekends)
  • 10-weeks (~5-7 hours per week)
  • Experience enterpreneurship by launching your own business with traction (users or revenue)
  • In-person weekend meetups in SF Bay Area, NYC, and DC
  • Each startup (solo or team) pairs with a mentor
  • Live workshops, business/product development talks
  • Group recreational activities and community building
  • Virtual bootcamp means you can join from anywhere
YOUR MENTORS

Learn from real entrepreneurs and technologists — by building in the real world

Ben Hsu
Ben is an instructor at Venture Camp. He spent the past 4 years as the co-founder/CEO of Songbird, a healthcare technology company for children with autism. He helped grow Songbird to serve hundreds of families across 3 states, raise $10m+ from Kleiner Perkins, and build a 120+ person team.

Ben graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology between Wharton and UPenn.
Alex Sands
Alex is an instructor at Venture Camp. He is a co-founder at Plasticity, a natural language processing and AI startup that was acquired in 2020.

Alex also co-founded Pilot, a non-profit that hosted nation-wide high school hackathons to teach students how to code. He ran these events in 14 different cities, with several events reaching 200+ students and 30+ mentors.

Alex was a part of Y Combinator S17 and graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology between Wharton and UPenn.
WORKING TOGETHER

A network of ambitious and passionate student entrepreneurs

Early applications to interview for Venture Camp Fall 2024 (September 9th - November 18th) are due June 30th 2024—apply today.

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