VentureLab Spark Mentorship Program
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 four-month mentorship program to help their business get started or scale up.
Step one: Complete online application
Be sure you meet the eligibility requirements, then record a pitch video and complete the online application!
Step two: First mentor session
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!
Step three: Receive materials and get started
Receive up to $500 in materials to support your business and get started on turning your idea into a reality!
Step four: Second mentoring session
Talk with your mentor about how you’re growing your business and entrepreneurial mindsets with the help of your new resources.
Step five: Third mentor session
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.
Step six: VentureLab Spark Alum
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
While groups or teams may apply to the program, all members (if chosen for the program) will go through the program individually.
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.
Currently, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Acceptance emails are sent four times per year.