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February 03, 2022 | Tom Ballard

“Startup High” is a NC-based initiative promoting youth entrepreneurship

Startup High” is an entrepreneurial program designed for teens that was launched in 2012 in Durham, NC’s Bull City Forward co-working community. Now, a decade later, it has announced plans for at least a dozen locations across the Tar Heel State.

“We immerse teens in local start-up communities to create the next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers,” the organization writes on its website. “Startup High” summer sessions run three to five days and are usually located in a chamber of commerce or co-working space. During the experience teens engage entrepreneurs, develop a pitch, launch a service business, learn rejection therapy, and perform service in the community. 

“We measure success based on young people increasing their social capital (see research), entrepreneurial mindset, and confidence to create economic opportunities for themselves,” the organizers say.

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