We’re changing the game for students without access to startup funds! Know a kid ages 8-18 with a business idea and a need? Started in 2019, VentureLab Spark provides a three-month mentorship program to help their business get started or scale up.
Once selected for the program, youth request resources to support their business (physical materials, software, etc.) and work to make it a reality.
At VentureLab, we know entrepreneurship is more than starting a business. It’s a way of thinking and doing.
Youth will also work with VentureLab educators to identify their entrepreneurial strengths as well as areas they’d like to improve. Along with working on their business idea, youth will complete activities, self reflection, and even talk with a real entrepreneur about how to grow their mindsets and skills!
Be sure you meet the eligibility requirements, then record a pitch video and complete the online application!
Once you’re selected, take part in your first mentor session! Talk about ways you’d like to grow as an entrepreneur and resources to help your business grow, too. Then make a business model!
Receive up to $500 in materials to support your business and get started on turning your idea into a reality!
Talk with your mentor about how you’re growing your business and entrepreneurial mindsets with the help of your new resources.
Meet with a real entrepreneur to discuss your business! Reflect back on how much you’ve grown as an entrepreneur yourself and ways to continue your learning.
You’ll have the opportunity to connect with, advise, and inspire future VentureLab Spark participants!
This program is best for youth who have an existing business idea and are looking for the guidance and resources to grow as a young entrepreneur. To take part in the VentureLab Spark Program, youth must:
• Be between the ages of 8-18
• Must be able to describe financial need
• Have signed parent/legal guardian forms
• Have a youth adviser (details below)
• Have an idea for a product or service
• Upload a pitch video for their idea
A youth adviser is an adult who can facilitate the VentureLab Spark Program process by committing to participate in mentoring sessions, receive and store materials, secure a space for the youth to work on their business, and more. The youth adviser might be a legal guardian, teacher, or other educator.
At this time, only individual youth can apply, allowing their mentor to fully focus on that individual youth’s growth as an entrepreneur.
Pitch videos are not graded on lighting, video or sound quality, professional setup, or other similar factors! All that matters is that we can see and hear you pitching your business idea.
The youth with the assistance of their parent/guardian or youth advisor.
A youth adviser is an adult who can facilitate the VentureLab Spark Program process by committing to participate in mentoring sessions, receive and store materials, secure a space for the youth to work on their business, and more. The youth adviser might be a legal guardian, teacher, personal mentor, or other educator.
To participate, you must have a youth advisor who can receive materials, be with you on the mentor session calls, and work with you between mentor sessions.
A youth advisor can work with only one youth at a time. Once the youth they’re working with completes the program, that youth advisor can work with another student.
Currently, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A schedule of when VentureLab Spark Cohorts begin will be posted soon.