Northwestern Press

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Teens wanted for challenge

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by The Press in School

Creative collaboration fuels innovation, and the Teen Entrepreneur Challenge is poised to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Penn State Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley LaunchBox and Perkiomen School offer a 10-day summer camp for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in developing the foundation for a successful business or product idea.

Students will learn key strategies for launching a startup and developing an entrepreneurial spirit from Penn State professors, Perkiomen School teachers, business leaders and LaunchBox grant recipients.

Field trips and hands-on, real-world exercises expose them to the confidence and knowledge required to consider their own entrepreneurial journey.

The program will run July 8-17.

Students attend programs at Penn State Lehigh Valley during the day and at Perkiomen School in the evening.

They will reside at Perkiomen School, which sits on a 165-acre campus with residential, athletic and academic facilities.

Their Innovation Center offers programming in modern technologies, 3D virtual reality, additive manufacturing, computer design and rapid prototyping.

The TEC culminates in a “Shark Tank” style pitch competition where students present their ideas for a solution that addresses a real-world business problem to a panel of judges who choose a winner based on predetermined criteria.

This gives TEC students the opportunity to develop different perspectives, build a personal brand, work as a team, connect to future employers and explore STEM educational programming.

The cost per student includes housing, activities, meals and transportation.

An early bird registration fee is available for those who register before April 15.

Limited scholarships may be available based on financial need.

Dual enrollment is available for an additional cost, which includes three college credits transferable to the college or university of the student’s choice.

For more information about the Teen Entrepreneur Challenge or to register, call 610-285-5111, email summerchallenge@psu.edu or visit the Teen Entrepreneur Challenge website.