StartR Teen

Bringing Entrepreneurship to High Schools

Through the StartR Teen program we aim to introduce high school students to entrepreneurial thinking by utilizing the resources of the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego, and our startup community.  This program builds bridges between teens, CEOs, city officials, educators, entrepreneurs, and the university. Through this initiative, high school students are inspired to embrace innovative thinking and benefit our greater community by creating enduring business ideas, connections, and increasing social mobility. Our goal is to match talent with opportunity.

One way we offer these programs is through the contracted program Launchpad. Below are some examples of their offerings.

For more information on this or other high school programs please contact Karen Jensen at khjensen at ucsd dot edu.

About Launchpad

Launchpad endeavors to provide the opportunity for every student to access the power of youth entrepreneurship education, and to give those that step forward access to the ecosystem to empower and support them now and in the future. With studies showing as many as 46% of jobs for people 30 years of age and under being in the form of independent contractor roles, the need for the entrepreneurial mindset, skills, competencies, and resilience has never been greater.

Launchpad offers workshops in business and presentation skills as well as design thinking. These vary in length; some are a couple of hours and others represent a longer certificate series.

Learn more about the programs of Launchpad from founder Tina Klein: 

Who has Launchpad worked with?

The Preuss School, San Diego Public Library, San Diego Jewish Academy, La Jolla Country Day, Francis Parker, Pacific Ridge, Del Lago Academy, the Nordson Foundation, and Barrio Logan College Institute, along with individual students from San Diego High School of International Studies, Canyon Crest Academy, Bishop’s, La Jolla High, Torrey Pines, and Helix Charter High School.

What are people saying?

"The kids were completely off the charts excited about what they accomplished and how empowered they felt to be speaking with "real-life business people." We had a couple breakdowns for some kids that were devastatingly nervous to present, but once they got up there they were all smiles coming to me afterwards telling me that this assignment has done "wonders" for their confidence. The results have been amazing. This event really brought out the adult professional in these kids…it’s going to have an impact for a long time." - Parker Bush, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Instructor, San Diego Jewish Academy

"I recently had the pleasure of serving as one of the judges of a business plan competition among students of Francis Parker School. I actually forgot that I was observing high school students, as their level of preparation, thoughtfulness, creativity and presentation skills were akin to those seeking an MBA. The session made me realize how valuable this type of experience is for young eager minds. I wish I had had this type of early exposure and training while I was in high school. Launchpad is a wonderful resource, and I have no doubt that the experience will benefit these young adults as they approach college and ultimately their careers." - Lisa Walters-Hoffert CFO, Daré Bioscience

"I liked the simulation and the exposure to this field. The simulation proved to test critical thinking problem solving skills within me, and the exposure showed me what a snippet of college would look like."- J., Francis Parker School student

"I enjoyed the speakers most of all, they provided interesting insight into the world of entrepreneurship and business."- H., Francis Parker School student

Alumni Success Stories

Students win international competition
(La Jolla Light - April 23, 2020)Three local teens teamed up and won an international entrepreneurship competition and they’re celebrating their contributions to improving the workforce community...MORE 

More Information

Watch: Boot Camp Trains Teens to be Young Entrepreneurs

Read more about the educational and real world value of the program: Students gain real-world business experience in the interim week course LaunchPad

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