STARTUP

SPRING BREAK

A free week-long entrepreneurship bootcamp – run in partnership with Google – to empower female/nonbinary middle schoolers to build the skills and confidence they need to create their own opportunity.

Applications for Startup Spring Break 2023 are officially open! Click the button below to apply.

Applications are due by Friday, February 17.




FOR CHICAGO STUDENTS

OPEN TO FEMALE/NONBINARY MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

APRIL 3 - 7, 2023

IN-PERSON

FREE TO PARTICIPATE




EXPOSING YOUTH TO STEM-DRIVEN CAREERS

Middle school is a critical developmental age when young people start to develop their identities and aspirations for the future. Startup Spring Break shines a light on the incredible opportunities that exist today and introduces a new pathway so youth can explore the STEM-driven careers of tomorrow.




ENTREPRENEURS ARE DREAMERS DOERS GAME-CHANGERS INNOVATORS CREATORS DISRUPTORS PEOPLE LIKE US PEOPLE LIKE YOU

ACCESS TO FEMALE ROLE MODELS

Startup Spring Break provides middle schoolers with direct access to powerful, inspiring female role models. Participants spend the week building connections with successful female entrepreneurs, developing relationships with like-minded peers, and creating app-based businesses.

  • Fun & Engaging Environment
    Students learn while completing fun group projects and activities

  • Entrepreneur Led
    Diverse entrepreneurs from Chicago serve as our instructors

  • STEM Integration
    Program lessons incorporate and encourage STEM development

  • VIP Access
    Participants get backstage access to entrepreneurship in Chicago

  • Expands Social Capital
    Students connect with inspiring, hardworking peers from across Chicago

  • Builds Network
    Participants create relationships with top entrepreneurs and tech leaders

  • Backed by Google
    Program is run in partnership with Google Chicago

  • 21st Century Skill Development
    Students walk away with skills to succeed in jobs of the future

PRODUCTIVE USE OF SPRING BREAK

Research shows that school breaks are where achievement gaps are made and lost. Startup Spring Break participants are immersed into a supportive environment where their vacation serves as one of the most learning-rich and fun weeks they’ll experience all year.

PRODUCTIVE USE OF SPRING BREAK

Research shows that school breaks are where achievement gaps are made and lost. Startup Spring Break participants are immersed into a supportive environment where their vacation serves as one of the most learning-rich and fun weeks they’ll experience all year.

  • Expands Social Capital
    Students connect with inspiring, hardworking peers from across Chicago

  • Builds Network
    Participants create relationships with top entrepreneurs and tech leaders

  • Backed by Google
    Program is run in partnership with Google Chicago

  • 21st Century Skill Development
    Students walk away with skills to succeed in jobs of the future

See the Impact

“I never knew I had it in me to design an app that could help other people. Startup Spring Break showed me that, with the help of others, you can create big things!”

Princess Alexander

Startup Spring Break Participant

"By signing up for Startup Spring Break, you are making an amazing choice for your child's future. They will leave the program totally transformed, ready to dream, build, and create."

Terrilyn Alexander

Parent of Former Participant

How much does the program cost?

Nothing! This is a free program for students and their families.

When does the program run?

Startup Spring Break aligns with the Chicago Public School Spring Break: April 3-7, 2023. Programming runs from 9:00 am-3:30 pm daily, Monday through Friday.

Where is the program located?

Startup Spring Break programming will take place in person at the ActiveCampaign offices in downtown Chicago (1 N Dearborn St 5th floor, Chicago, IL 60602)

How can my child get access to this program?

Acceptance to Startup Spring Break requires both an online application and an asynchronous video interview. Due to the high volume of interest, our two-step application helps to find the most excited and committed students. The application isn’t based on grades or prior experience in entrepreneurship. We are looking for motivated students from all backgrounds and experiences.


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