For the past ten years on the GVSU Grand Rapids Pew Campus, the Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy (TESA) has built high school students into budding entrepreneurs. TESA Detroit is designed for GVSU Charter High School students who are entering 9th all the way to 12th grade. During the five day academy, teams of four to five students from different schools manufacture an original business pitch from the idea stage to a developed concept. On the final day, each team will present their idea to a panel of local business professionals for a chance to win cash prizes.
In 2016, the GVSU Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) in collaboration with the GVSU Charter Schools Office, ran a pilot TESA program in the GVSU Detroit Center, located in downtown Detroit. The 2017 program is now available to all high students in the Southeast Michigan area.
Day 1 Industry Overview & Market Research
Day 2 Marketing Plan
Day 3 Management & Operational Planning
Day 4 Financial Instructional Plan & Presentation Planning
Day 5 Final Pitch Competition & Award Ceremony
9:00AM Students Arrive
9:25AM Instructional Session
11:30AM Lunch Break
1:00PM Instructional Sessions
2:00PM Planning/ Workshop
4:00PM Launch Activity/ Reflections
TESA Detroit 2017: August 7 - 11
Registration deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Fee: $150 for the entire week (includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and team t-shirt)
Students will be prompted to submit a 200-word essay during the registration process, so it is advised to type this essay in a word processor first. Payment is required for registration. Please contact CEI with any additional questions at email@example.com or 616-331-7582.
*A select number of scholarships are available for students who need financial assistance. A scholarship will reduce the cost from $150 to $50. The requirements for a scholarship is a confirmation letter/e-mail from a school counselor that states you qualify for financial assistance. The counselor can send the e-mail confirmation to Amy Gascon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will food be provided at the summer academy? Yes, breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided for the students.
What kind of business ideas will the students be building their plans around? This year's theme is Urban Development and Revitalization!
Are overnight accommodations available? Since this is a day camp (9 am – 5 pm), we do not provide overnight accommodations, but we can make recommendations at the surrounding hotels. The student would need to cover their own accommodation fees plus ensure they have a chaperone or adult supervision after 5 pm. We are not responsible for supervising the students after 5 pm. For more information, please contact CEI at email@example.com or 616-331-7582
What is the dress code? Students will be given a TESA t-shirt to wear for the first four days of the academy. These t-shirts help staff recognize and keep track of teams. Students are expected to be dressed in business/office attire for their pitch on the fifth and final day. Review Dress Code.
Is my son or daughter expected to attend the academy in its entirety; what if they have a conflict? Yes, students are expected to be present each day and support the efforts of their team. Please contact CEI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-331-7582 if a student must leave early, arrive late or miss a day.
Will my son or daughter need to bring any materials with them? All materials including pens, pencils, paper, supplies or any other tools needed to further the experience at the academy will be provided. We will provide university computers for the students, but because many of the students perform in-depth research, they are allowed to bring laptop computers at their own risk.
Are scholarships available? A select number of scholarships are available for students who need financial assistance. A scholarship will reduce the cost from $150 to $50. The requirements for a scholarship is a confirmation letter/e-mail from a school counselor that states you qualify for financial assistance. The counselor can send the e-mail confirmation to Amy Gascon, email@example.com.
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For general questions about TESA, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-331-7582
For enrollment and scholarship questions for the Detroit TESA, please contact Amirah Vosburgh, email@example.com