BizCamps are intensive, 1 or 2 week day camps for students ages 13-18 who are interested in entrepreneurship.
As in a full-length NFTE program, BizCamp students come up with a business idea and then work to complete a business plan. At the end of the camp, students present their plans to a panel of judges for a chance to win seed capital.
BizCamps take place during the summer or during school breaks. They are offered free of charge to all participants who meet household income requirements.
Camp activities include:
- Classroom lessons: NFTE's curriculum covers a range of topics such as return on investment, supply and demand, opportunity recognition, and marketing.
- Field Trips: Students visit local wholesale districts or discount stores, participate in selling events, and meet local entrepreneurs.
- Guest speakers: Entrepreneurs and business professionals bring the outside world into the classroom, presenting on various topics to complement lessons being taught throughout the course.
- Business plan competition: Students present their business plans to a panel of judges, and compete for seed capital.
BizCamp participants receive a number of resources including a textbook and workbook, wholesale trip grants, and the chance to win awards and prize money.
NFTE St. Louis BizCamp from NFTE on Vimeo .
Please download our BizCamp fact sheet for more information and an agenda of activities that take place during BizCamp.