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Accelerate your path to changing the world

BETA Camp is for young leaders who want to learn how to solve the world's most pressing problems and get real-world experience today. Students get hands-on experience working in teams and building a real business - not a business plan.

BETA Camp helps you build the skills you need to succeed like no other education experience through world-class instructors, in-depth curriculum with tactical hands-on learning, and a powerful community.

Now enrolling students 13-18 for Spring and Summer programs!

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Cianna Williams
Milton Canada

"BETA Camp has been the best summer program I have participated in thus far. The endless resources — especially the experienced guest speakers. Connecting with others who are all as interested as I am in this field was one of the best feelings, especially when able to challenge my limits alongside them."

Tehseen Daha
Toronto

"BETA Camp has exceeded expectations! I not only got to actually build a startup, but I got to meet people working in my dream job and learn from their experiences, learn business concepts not taught in school, and develop a network of like minded individuals who I will keep friends with for life."

Megan So
Los Angeles CA

"I think BETA Camp is definitely one of a kind. The connections I've made with my team and close we've gotten is absolutely crazy. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and I wouldn't have traded it for the world!"

Noora Aka
New York City

"BETA Camp has truly changed my life. It's ignited a passion for entrepreneurship in me that I never thought was there before and I'm so grateful for the invaluable experience I've gained because of it. I've met so many new friends and gained so many new skills!"

Aayan Siddiqui
Toronto, Canada

"One of the most valuable things I've taken away is the importance teamwork. At BETA Camp we're constantly put into situations where we have to work with new people. We need to push each other if we want to maximize our potential."

Madi Huang
Boca Raton, Florida

"I've done multiple entrepreneurship programs for high school students. Even though they were in person and had smaller class sizes - BETA Camp is was a lot more engaging and interactive. I've never connected with peers like I have at BETA Camp.

Jack Perrow
Oakville Canada

"When I joined BETA Camp I was very shy, but BETA Camp has helped me branch out and become better at public speaking. I got out of my introverted shell and learned ways to turn being a high school entrepreneur into an advantage."

Zemra Lena
Anchorage Alaska

"BETA Camp makes learning virtually so interactive! I'd recommend it to every high school student even if they aren't interested in Business, Entrepreneurship, or Tech because what you are learning can be applied to all career fields."

Michelle Hong
Ottawa, Canada

"Other tech and business programs for high school students I have participated in have been theoretical. I never was able to put any of the plans into action. I appreciate that BETA Camp is aimed to help ALL teams develop and launch a real business!"

Zoya Khan
Milton Canada

"BETA Camp really opened up my mind to new opportunities I would never be exposed to during school, or any other leadership programs for high school students. It gave me confidence in myself that I can achieve anything I set my mind to."

Borna Shani
Vancouver Canada

"BETA Camp was much more extensive than any other summer program for high school students as it did not only scratch the surface of business topics, many of our sessions delved very deep into them, which were great learning opportunities for me."

Shakeel Majeed
London England

"BETA Camp is what Y-Combinator is to Adults; a startup accelerator that changes your life prospects right from day 1. BETA Camp is unique in the way it teaches theory you can immediately apply to your startup."

Sarah Chan
Niagara Canada

"I didn't think that I would have much to take away from BETA’s exposure to incredible speakers in lead positions of the world’s greatest companies. But I was proven wrong. It opened up a world of possibilities for me, painting a clearer picture of future roles I can now work towards."

The Instructors you'll learn from:

We believe that in order to become the best in the world, you need to surround yourself with those that you aspire to become. This is why all of our programs are taught by industry professionals, successful entrepreneurs, or experts at the top of their fields such as PHDs, MDs, and MBAs.

What's Included?

72 hours

of Live Sessions of interactive workshops led by our team of professionals

25+ hours

of on-demand lecture content inspired by startup incubators and top MBA programs

6 hours

of 1:1 startup team mentorship with experienced entrepreneurs and alumni mentors

24/7

asynchronous support through Discord

350+

young leaders in our network to work and build lifelong relationships with

One unforgettable experience

The BETA Camp Experience

Step 1: Learn the Fundamentals

Our proprietary curriculum is based on top MBA classes (at Harvard, Stanford and Wharton) and Silicon Valley incubators (at Google and Y-Combinator). Lectures are delivered in byte sized 2 to 10 min videos tailored for the GenZ learner.

2. Company Challenges

Practice the lessons you learned from the student portal in company challenges where you work on problems that real companies are currently facing. We've worked with organizations like Skip the Dishes and Copy.Ai

Step 3: Workshops

We teach HOW to think not WHAT to think. Our leadership workshops for high school students are focused on growing your success toolkit and cover impactful topics like negotiations, money management and problem solving with data —skills you’ll use repeatedly during the course of your career.

4. Founder Fireside Chats

Connect with inspiring founders who have built their startups from the ground up and ask them all your burning questions.

Step 5: Career Explorer

Attend intimate, small group Q&A discussions with professionals from a wide array of careers. From traditional corporate paths to startup roles to freelancing remote workers and unconventional career paths, we cover everything that’s out there so you can have a better understanding of the possibilities in your future.

Step 2: Active Learning

Get hands-on experience and practice concepts from the student portal in Company Challenges hosted by top firms. We work with organizations like Skip the Dishes and IKEA to solve their most pressing problems.

Step 4: Founder Fireside

Connect with inspiring founders who have built their startups from the ground up and ask them all your burning questions.

Step 6: Build A Startup

We learn what we do, not what we're told. This is why BETA Camp emphasizes "doing".

By the end of the program, students will have built a working business that solves a problem for real customers. Throughout this journey, students learn to:

◘ Solve interesting problems
◘ Find and curate information
◘ Connect unrelated ideas
◘ Ask good questions
◘ Lead, negotiate, and communicate
◘ Employ a variety of mental models
◘ Fail and pivot
◘ Face unpredictability and uncertainty when there are no right answers

How we teach at BETA Camp

Students learn from industry experts and real-world experience instead of through textbooks and theory. Instead of passively listening to lectures, you'll get more interactive experiences, small group discussions, hands-on projects, feedback & mentorship, Q&A, role-playing, and a lot of community & networking.

A Sample of the Topics Covered

Leadership training for high school students

Design Thinking Workshop

Analyzing Data

Critical Thinking

Networking

Delivering Results

Self-Directed Learning

Sales and Negotiations

Building a website or app as an MVP

Building workflows and operations

Decisions making with consequences

Curriculum

Foundations

Learn the fundamentals of business, technology, and entrepreneurship. This includes exploring up and coming technologies and industries that will drive innovation, the risks and rewards of different types of entrepreneurship, and ways to differentiate from competition.

Live workshops in this phase are focused on helping students break down big problems into actionable steps, recognize pain points they experience themselves, and discover how to work on a team with peers with different opinions and skillsets.

Career Exploration: See how core positions at startups and businesses look day-to-day and identify the skills it takes to break in. Learn why that role is important to the business and what pathways there are to get to that position.

Ideation

Learn multiple methods of ideation and how to evaluate whether a business is worth building. Students will learn about finding a niche in a big market, where to look for unique insights, hypothesis testing, and conducting user research.

Live workshops will include design thinking for high school students and Company Challenges on conducting experiments to determine whether a new product or service is worth building and collecting user insights and information.

Career Exploration: Get to know the innovation arm of a company and discover careers related to user experience. We'll bring in a founder to answer your burning questions about the mechanics of starting a startup, debunk myths to entrepreneurship and inspire action. Understand your own strengths and skills that you can double-down on to grow into a competitive advantage.

Build

Learn how to build a minimal viable product within 2 weeks with or without code so that you can get your startup off the ground. For the rest of the program, students will focus on iterating the business, get comfortable in making consequences decisions with incomplete information, collect, read, and understand data, and build out operations and workflows.

During this time, every live workshop will help students practice skills they need to build their startups. This learning how to handle rejection, how to write enticing copy, how to launch fast and iterate faster, and how to leverage tech to accelerate.

Career Exploration: Based on students interest in the problems they chose to pursue, we bring in professionals that work in social impact, higher education (MD, JD, PhD), digital nomads (remote work), or disruptive tech careers for Q&A.

Go to Market

Initial traction is hard to get and involves a lot of trial and error as well as pure hustle. While continuing to build and improve the product, students will learn about best practices for cold outreach, strategizing and creating the marketing funnel, and selling.

Students will get to practice creating viral content with entrepreneurs that have leveraged media like TikTok and Youtube to distribute their products/services in live workshops as well as experience real-world negotiations and sales practice.

Career exploration: Founders come in to share how they navigated the early stages of their business.

Pitch

BETA Camp concludes with a Demo Day where students share the achievements of their business in just a few short weeks. To prepare, students learn the elements of a good pitch, how to plan for future expansion and growth, and performative speaking skills.

Live workshops in this final phase include a growth and scaling Company Challenge, presentation skills practice, and analyzing market size and financial projections.

Career exploration: Hear from VCs who come in for Q&A as well as investors who are judges at Demo Day on what they look for in a successful startup and how students can start generating value today.

Setting the foundations

Learn the fundamentals of business, technology, and entrepreneurship. This includes exploring up and coming technologies and industries that will drive innovation, the risks and rewards of different types of entrepreneurship, and ways to differentiate from competition.

Live workshops in this phase are focused on helping students break down big problems into actionable steps, recognize pain points they experience themselves, and discover how to work on a team with peers with different opinions and skillsets.

Career Exploration: See how core positions at startups and businesses look day-to-day and identify the skills it takes to break in. Learn why that role is important to the business and what pathways there are to get to that position.

Ideation

Learn multiple methods of ideation and how to evaluate whether a business is worth building. Students will learn about finding a niche in a big market, where to look for unique insights, hypothesis testing, and conducting user research.

Live workshops will include design thinking for high school students and Company Challenges on conducting experiments to determine whether a new product or service is worth building and collecting user insights and information.

Career Exploration: Get to know the innovation arm of a company and discover careers related to user experience. We'll bring in a founder to answer your burning questions about the mechanics of starting a startup, debunk myths to entrepreneurship and inspire action. Understand your own strengths and skills that you can double-down on to grow into a competitive advantage.

Product Market Fit and Building an MVP

Learn how to build a minimal viable product within 2 weeks with or without code so that you can get your startup off the ground. For the rest of the program, students will focus on iterating the business, get comfortable in making consequences decisions with incomplete information, collect, read, and understand data, and build out operations and workflows.

During this time, every live workshop will help students practice skills they need to build their startups. This learning how to handle rejection, how to write enticing copy, how to launch fast and iterate faster, and how to leverage tech to accelerate.

Career Exploration: Based on students interest in the problems they chose to pursue, we bring in professionals that work in social impact, higher education (MD, JD, PhD), digital nomads (remote work), or disruptive tech careers for Q&A.

Getting your first customers

Initial traction is hard to get and involves a lot of trial and error as well as pure hustle. While continuing to build and improve the product, students will learn about best practices for cold outreach, strategizing and creating the marketing funnel, and selling.

Students will get to practice creating viral content with entrepreneurs that have leveraged media like TikTok and Youtube to distribute their products/services in live workshops as well as experience real-world negotiations and sales practice.

Career exploration: Founders come in to share how they navigated the early stages of their business.

Pitching and Future Growth

BETA Camp concludes with a Demo Day where students share the achievements of their business in just a few short weeks. To prepare, students learn the elements of a good pitch, how to plan for future expansion and growth, and performative speaking skills.

Live workshops in this final phase include a growth and scaling Company Challenge, presentation skills practice, and analyzing market size and financial projections.

Career exploration: Hear from VCs who come in for Q&A as well as investors who are judges at Demo Day on what they look for in a successful startup and how students can start generating value today.

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Martin Ochwat

Co-Founder of Dundas Life and Wellow. Martin has built several 7-figure eCommerce businesses.

Henry Shi

Co-Founder & CTO of SnapCommerce. SnapCommerce will surpass $1 Billion in sales in 2021.

Khaled Hussein

Founder and Managing Director of Stipple Ventures. Khaled's previous startup was acquired by Airbnb.

Jessie Duan

Chief of Staff to the CTO at Roblox. Jessie was previously an Engineering Manager at Quora

Nicole Fitzgerald

Machine Learning Research Engineer at Microsoft.

Carolyn Chen

Founder & CEO of Reset Beauty Inc. Carolyn is an expert at influencer marketing having partnered with the D'Amelio sisters.

Chris Lu

Co-founder of Copy.ai, an AI powered tool that has raised $2.3M USD. Chris has invested in 100+ startups

Kevin Kim

Co-founder & CEO of Stadium Live and previously Head of Product at Drop.

Ikenna Enwere

Bachelor of Science from MIT, his MBA from Wharton and MPP from Harvard.

Eric Chen

Eric has a Bachelor's, MBA, and MD from Yale University. He is an Anesthesiologist Resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Tommy Liu

Tommy is a Software Engineer at Waymo, Google's Self-Driving Car Project.

Steeve Vakeeswaran

Steeve leads Business Operations at Zapier and a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School

Connie Lo

Connie is the co-founder of Three Ships, a natural skincare line with deals at Target, Wholefoods, Nordstrom and 100s of retailers.

Brandon Hill

CEO of Vori. At 25, Brandon has founded 2 companies that have been through Y-Combinator.

Cindy Soo

Head of Innovation at IKEA. Cindy has 20+ years of experience and consults for global companies on design thinking.

Dan Li

Co-Founder and CEO at Shypyard. Harvard MBA and previously a Senior Product Manager at Linkedin

Kaitlyn Zhou

PHD Candidate at
Stanford University in Computer Science

Rachel Marincola

Senior Engineer at Khan Academy, previously Engineer #10 at Doordash

Why High School Entrepreneurship Programs?

We get it - not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur
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Valuable skills

"Robots and computers will own any clearly bounded job, skill, or game. Humans should focus on creative work." - Naval

Jobs of the future will value skills like problem solving, creativity, and empathy. These skills are not taught in textbooks or classrooms and will apply even if you would like to pursue science, literature, or medicine.

Mindset for the real world

When was the last time you worked on a problem that didn't have an answer or played a game where you had to figure out the rules and goal as you played?

The real world is not like case competitions or theoretical simulations. Only through building a real business will you experience the hiccups and uncertainty of whether you will succeed with every small decision. A entrepreneurial mind ready to question everything, connect insights, experiment, and continue iterating and tweaking will never fail.

Details

Spring 2023 Program Logistics

Summer 2023 Program Logistics

What's the difference between the Summer and School Year Program?

Eligibility

What we look for in applicants

Application Process

Benefits of a virtual online high school program

Tuition and Financial Aid

Why building leadership skills and developing passion in high school is important

Why choose BETA Camp over other extracurricular programs?

What happens after BETA Camp? Are there other programs?

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Next Program Dates:

February - April 2023

Early Applications Close December 1st!