Classroom Instruction and Discussion 25%
Mentor and Coaching Sessions 50%
Independent Work Time 25%
Classroom Content & Discussion. A primary instructor will direct the program’s educational content and lead class meetings. This individual will teach lessons, lead cohort discussions, and build relationships with the students. This instructor serves as the primary point of contact for all students both in and outside of class time and will direct the arc of the class to ensure each student accomplishes their goals. The lead instructor facilitates access to the Startup Corps network, resources, and financing to help students build their businesses.
Mentor and Coaching Sessions. Startup Corps has developed a network of over 200 mentors who help to make our program a success. They include entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, non-profit leaders, and civic leaders, with cumulative experience covering every industry. Over the course of the program, at least 40 mentors will visit the classroom to provide students with insight, coaching, and introductions.
Milestone Events. Startup Corps hosts two city-wide program events - an Annual Pitch Competition and a Youth Entrepreneurship Expo.
Microcapital and Resources. We offer two forms of microcapital to Startup Corps students. For capital expenses and startup costs, we provide small, one-time grants to help students get their ventures started. For ongoing operating expenses, students apply to receive a loan from the Startup Corps Zero-Interest Loan Fund, which is administered in partnership with Kiva.org and Capital One Bank. In addition, we offer students web hosting, access to a web design platform, business cards, and marketing support.
There are many ways that you or your organization can help teens start real businesses and support the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders, thinkers, and creators.
We are grateful for the mentors, financial support, in-kind donations, guidance, and friendship that our corporate partners offer. They help us deliver great entrepreneurship education to teens across the Philadelphia region. In exchange, we help companies meet their community engagement and philanthropic objectives by providing them with an opportunity to invest in our nation's next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.
We develop custom partnerships based on each company's specific objectives and interest in the program. We provide opportunities for guest speaking, mentoring, volunteering, event sponsorship, and financial support. In exchange, we provide networking events, recognition at our annual pitch competition and youth entrepreneurship expo, and other PR opportunities.
Contact Rich if you would like to learn more about ways to partner with Startup Corps.
We work with over 100 entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders to help teens start real businesses. These professionals mentor students, help them network, evaluate student pitches, and attend our annual Youth Entrepreneurship Expo. The time commitment is flexible, and we find mentor opportunities based on your interests and schedule. If you would like more information on becoming a mentor for yourself or your employer, complete our mentor interest form, and someone from the Startup Corps team will be in touch soon.
Startup Corps partners with schools and youth development organizations to provide our entrepreneurship education model as an elective or after school program. We can customize this program to address specific student interests and unique educational outcomes. Our current partners include AIM Academy, Achieving Independence Center, Berean Baptist Church, Lower Merion High School, and the City of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program. Contact Rich if you would like to learn about a custom Startup Corps program for your school or organization.