Epiic Solutions summer experiences are one-week programs created for middle and high schoolers to design, develop and pitch their own startup ideas, while exploring Boston's thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem through networking events and field trips.
Summer 2018 Programs:
NEW: Innovation in Action
Innovative thinking and the ability to creatively solve problems are the most important skills teens can develop in our world of constant change. Through hands-on activities and workshops, middle schoolers in this one-week course develop vital 21st century skills including team work, creative and critical thinking, and communication. Teens meet with the area's most innovative and creative founders, teams and companies to see these innovation skills in action. This a great introductory course for all middle schoolers curious to explore the ever-increasing importance of innovation and design. Programs offered in Waltham and Boston.
Are you curious about the intersection between technology, problem solving, and entrepreneurship? STEAM Startups is a great one-week program to explore the huge growth in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) -related solutions, and learn how companies leverage innovation and design to build new products and services for customers. Through hands-on activities and workshops, teens work in small teams to develop their own STEAM-based startup idea, as well as travel across the city to meet founders, startups and companies working in the STEAM field to explore various college and career pathways. The STEAM Startups program culminates with a Team Pitch Competition where teens present their startup ideas to a panel of judges (local entrepreneurs and investors), family and friends. Separate sessions available for middle and high school students; programs offered in Waltham and Boston.
Who runs the world - girls! This girls-only one-week program is all about female entrepreneurs, aka Fempreneurs! Through hands-on activities and workshops, teens work in small teams to develop their own startup idea. Teens engage with women founders and women-led startups through afternoon field trips to learn more about how to build a successful business and the variety of college and career pathways available. The Fempreneur program culminates with a Team Pitch Competition where teens present their startup ideas to a panel of women judges (local entrepreneurs and investors), family and friends. This program is only available high school female students and offered in Boston.
Social Impact Startups
Are you passionate about making the world a better place? Social Impact Startups is a great one-week program that introduces teens to the various ways social entrepreneurs are driving change and improving lives in areas such as food sustainability, clean energy and transportation, environmental protection, educational services and more! Through hands-on activities and workshops, teens work in small teams to develop their own social impact startup idea, as well as travel across the city to meet with entrepreneurs, startups and companies committed to social change. The Social Impact Startups program culminates with a Team Pitch Competition where teens present their startup ideas to a panel of judges (local social entrepreneurs and investors), family and friends. This program is only available for high school students and offered in Boston.
Are you curious to learn more about the role of innovation, entrepreneurship and design in our world? This one-week program is perfect for teens that want to explore all kinds of startup ideas! Through hands-on activities and workshops, teens work in small teams to develop their own startup idea and learn how entrepreneurs go from concept to reality. Teens travel across Boston to meet with a variety of founders, startups and companies to explore how diverse products and services are brought to market. The Free-Style Startups program culminates with a Team Pitch Competition where teens present their startup ideas to a panel of judges (local entrepreneurs and investors), family and friends. This program is only available for high school students and offered in Boston.
All Programs include:
Entrepreneurial Mindset: Innovators and entrepreneurs are creative problem solvers. They view challenges as opportunities and provide valuable solutions that meet customers' needs. It takes a combination of creativity, critical thinking, empathy, perseverance, and the growth mindset to change the world.
Tools: How do innovators and entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life? Learn key concepts and strategies around customer development, the design thinking process, the lean startup, and the business model canvas to transform your ideas into real solutions.
Network: It's all about who you know. Engage with Boston and Waltham's best and brightest innovators and entrepreneurs, explore innovation and entrepreneurship on local campuses, and see some of the most inspiring spaces. Learn how to navigate the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and develop a deep appreciation for our nation's most entrepreneurial city!
Our programs provide hands-on opportunities for youth to develop vital 21st century skills in fun, engaging, and safe learning environments. Each week teens:
- Develop an entrepreneurial mindset which includes passion, persistence, a redefinition of failure, and creative and critical problem solving skills to challenge the status quo
- Explore the design thinking process and customer development to build empathy skills, identify opportunities for new solutions, prototype and test ideas
- Improve communications skills through team activities and a final Team Pitch Competition
- Increase confidence and sense of empowerment as a change maker
- Develop teamwork and leadership skills through team challenges with other budding entrepreneurs
- Expand college and career pathways through networks with local colleges, universities, and entrepreneurs
- Travel across Boston/Waltham to engage with innovative people, spaces and ideas
- Have an epic and unforgettable experience