Read about the BETA Camp experience from fellow high school leaders like you and scroll down to see some of the startups they launched in just a few weeks at BETA Camp!
"I had never taken a single business or computer science course during high school, so I was pretty intimidated going into BETA Camp. However, I slowly realized that since the camp was filled with so many different people with varying skillsets, all I needed to do was be confident in myself and the unique skillset that I bring to the table. In my case, since I played League of Legends and had a friend who was a streamer, our team started a service that organized startups for small streamers to help them network."
"BETA Camp has been one of the best experiences I've had. This program taught so many skills and knowledge necessary in building a startup. Industry professionals were brought in every week to give advice and personal experiences.
What I liked about this program is that we were given the opportunity to apply the knowledge we learned by building our own startups from scratch.
If you are debating on whether or not joining BETA Camp is worth it, I 100% guarantee it is. Even if your startup does not turn out to be the best, the community that you are surrounded with is well worth the cost. Everybody is here to learn and grow together. The camp directors, Ivy and Yifan, are incredibly dedicated, kind, and helpful to ensure a good experience for campers and all those involved."
"BETA camp is a unique program that taught me about leaving my comfort zone and trying new things. I have learned how to come up with meaningful ideas, how to work in a team of like-minded individuals, positively deal with rejection, and I have also learned the importance of reaching out to others while building a startup. All of this was presented to me at the convenience of my home, and I haven't seen this type of program anywhere else.
I can confidently say now that it is possible for younger kids to make a startup, and there is no reason why we can't.
"I was apprehensive about applying due to the fact that BETA Camp is a fully virtual and remote program, but I should have been AT ALL. This program has forced me to grow and think laterally and more creatively than ever before.
The connections I have built along with the mentorship I have received has been phenomenal. Over the past 12 weeks, it was truly a privilege to be exposed and to spend time with such exceptional and progressive business, tech leaders and entrepreneurs. BETA Camp surpassed my expectations and I would highly recommend this program. "
"BETA Camp has been one of the best experiences of my life! The program provided me with the unique opportunity to build a startup from the ground, where I could apply the industry knowledge and skills I learned from the amazing Camp Counsellors. What really makes BETA Camp stand out, however, are the Camp Directors. Ivy and Yifan are dedicated, passionate, kind-hearted and brilliant, and they took the time to reach out and connect on a deeper level with each and every camper."
"Going into BETA I truly did not know what to expect. It is entirely different than anything I've done before. I was nervous that I would fall behind with the content and that I would not fit into the environment.
In the very first session, one of the camp counselors said that what you put in is what you get out, and this couldn't be more true.
BETA camp offers so much more than just information and lectures. The counselors provide campers with hands- on experiences regarding growing problems in our world. This teaches us campers how to address issues and build solutions, providing experiences that create the leaders of the future. My personal favourite part of the camp is creating our own start-ups. This gives us guided opportunities during the program, but will also help us for making decisions and affects our actions long after the camp is over."
"Other business and tech programs I have participated in have been theoretical and competition styles. After spending months developing the idea and figuring out the business plan, I pitched the idea but 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.
I also have 3 main takeaways from BETA Camp:
1. I feel a lot less worried of my future career now knowing that I don't have to get all the steps right because careers are flexible and not linear. I didn't expect this much career insight, but after listening to the speakers, all with different backgrounds (for example, some studying applied sciences, some studying business) but all being able to find their fit in the business world brings me reassurance that I will find my fit in the business world too.
2. I am not different from entrepreneurs. Before I had preconceived notions about what an entrepreneur should be and I had no idea how I was supposed to become one. From listening to different founders and speakers, I've realized that I'm just like them and they're just like me!
3. Relations and impressions matter and last a long time. I've heard the phrase "first impressions matter" starting from day one, but I see why it has so much importance. Even just listening to how BETA Camp was put together, I've realized business is built on connections and people willing to invest their efforts in you."
"BETA Camp really opened up my mind to new opportunities I would never be exposed to during school, or any other extra-curricular. It gave me confidence in myself that I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
Overall, I really feel as if I was able to reach my full potential during BETA Camp, and accomplish challenges I never knew I had the abilities to accomplish.
I am so glad I found this opportunity, and I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in business, but also to anyone who is just looking to improve their skills, to be exposed to new experiences and challenges, and who want to benefit from real world experiences. "
These alumni are taking the world by storm, launching new businesses and interning at the startups founded by BETA Camp counselors!
Senior Software Architect at Petcode, a startup focused around keeping pet information stored on decentralized software.
"When I first joined BETA, I was expecting to go into yet another conventional summer camp; I assumed it was going to be filled with boring anecdotes from uninterested camp counselors and volunteers.
However, I soon found out that I couldn't possibly have been more wrong. In just my first week, I learned more about business strategy than any course could've ever taught me, from dealing with rejection to understanding exactly how enormous Silicon Valley companies functioned. The connections I forged with professional mentors all over the world are ones that I know I'll cherish for years to come, and I've gained valuable industry knowledge along with some of the smartest students I've come to know. All in all, BETA Camp was one of the most rigorous summer programs I've been through, but I wouldn't trade it for the world."
Co-founder of Gelt, a downloadable application that uses blockchain and its users’ spare processing power to verify financial transactions around the world. In return, you can support your favourite content creators or earn passive income.
"To anyone skeptical about the advantages of creating your own startup in just a few weeks, you really have no idea how much you will be able to learn and grow. Coupled with a helpful team, you can make a surprising impact in any industry. BETA Camp serves as a really good opportunity to get your foot in the door, even before leaving high school.
These past twelve weeks have been truly awesome; from the people to the knowledge, to even the improvement of my time management and organizational skills, I can definitely say that BETA Camp has benefitted my life. I am really fortunate to be able to have learned as much as I did and am so happy to have maximized the benefits of this program."
Co-Founder of Vandal Streetwear and freelance graphics agency
"I found BETA Camp to just be so useful in gaining invaluable insight into the inner workings of the business world and the types of careers that are open to you in the future.
Building a startup at BETA Camp is an extremely rewarding experience that teaches you what you need to know on where to start when building a business and how to do it properly.
The steps you take making that startup is something you can then apply to any future startup ideas!"
Intern at Many Creators and founder of Slayinqraphics
"After BETA Camp, I was connected with the founder of MANY Creators, a TikTok agency based in Amsterdam, Singapore, and Shenzhen and landed an internship there for marketing and operations. My time at BETA Camp really prepared me for a future in remote work.
A few months after BETA Camp, I started my own graphic design agency targeting small beauty brands. Because I had already gone through all the steps of building a business, I really fast-tracked this business.
I leveraged the skills I learned in cold outreach and sales. But what was more important was the mindset BETA Camp taught me to just take action and not be afraid of rejection.
Within 2 months of launching my business, I went from charging $15/design to $99/design all from building relationships and cold outreaching on Instagram. My designs can now be seen on multiple brands' eyeshadow pallet packaging, lip gloss packaging, and more!
Because of the network at BETA Camp, there are so many opportunities!
Design Intern at Many Creators
"Joining BETA Camp has honestly been one of the best decisions of my life!
As someone who has no experience in the Business World, BETA Camp has walked me through so many concepts in such a short period of time, and has guided me through making my own start-up as well. It has also broadened my view of life because of the amount of people and opportunities I’ve come across, and I’m so glad I can continue through life with my mind open. If you are interested in all of these things, then please look more into BETA Camp! You won’t regret it!"
TEDx lead and Music Venture Founder
"I've made the conscious decision to not attend university this fall, and perhaps will not do so for the next few years. I know this is highly unconventional for a high school student, and to be completely honest, I am scared out of my soul.
I want to visit Pakistan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia then take the trans-Siberian train across Russia and the visit Mongolia. I have a whole lot of other things I want to explore too such as documentary film-making.
I plan to launch a platform that will connect youth musicians to parents with children that might need some extra music help to finance my international gap year travels...and rely on the knowledge I learned from BETA Camp!"
Marketing Intern at Kabo
"No other program has given me the motivation, the inspiration, the connections, the knowledge, and the empowerment that BETA Camp has. When I look at Forbes 30 Under 30 articles, I feel like: "I can do that. One day, that can be me".
I never thought creating a business was possible for me, I always expected to grow up and just work for a company even though I knew deep down inside that I did not want that. I've always wanted more. BETA Camp showed me that I can do it and that it's all about what I put in.
The hard work you put in will be seen by the camp counselors. I landed an internship with my startup mentor who is the founder of Kabo!"
Founder of Non-Proft Muslim Artists for Justice and writer & illustrator of children's book that educates people about the stigma surrounding those with physical disabilities.
"BETA Camp is truly something that I have searched for my entire life.
Prior to BETA Camp, I have always struggled with figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. Especially being in Grade 12, the future had always felt like something stressful rather than something to look forward to.
BETA Camp changed all of this for me. Through this amazing program, I learned critical business, technology and entrepreneurial skills and applied them to create my very own business. I found myself surrounded by a community of high school students who are passionate about change and all supported each other. I also received amazing mentorship from real industry leaders that helped me narrow my vision into something tangible and successful. BETA Camp is definitely something you don't want to miss out on"
Intern at Adelia Skincare
"BETA Camp was FANTASTIC! I had so much fun during the 12 weeks, and I loved the hands-on aspect of the camp. It made me excited to go to every session on weekends! Not only that, but it helped me build skills that I could actually use in the future, such as cold calling and creating pitch decks.
Additionally, BETA really stands out against the other programs I’ve been to, despite being completely virtual. I learned so much, as BETA always had jam-packed sessions, from fireside chats with startup owners, to the interactive lessons, I was constantly engaged and was always learning something new! I loved that we got to meet with other ambitious and like-minded students, which really encouraged me to try my best. I would love to participate in BETA Camp again, and build a new business!"
Discovery Crate supports small businesses by purchasing their products and packaging them into monthly ethnic theme-boxes to sell to members of their communities. During BETA Camp, the Discovery Crate team sold over 20 subscription boxes which resulted in hundreds of dollars in revenue.
Herd is a social accountability platform
for high school hackers to complete
projects in bite-sized goals over small
design sprints throughout the weekend. Herd ran multiple events for high school hackers.
TeachAdapt educates teachers on how
to maximize student engagement and
interaction in virtual classrooms. This team had 5 beta clients with their 1-3 day workshops and received testimonials from several customers who were high school and middle school teachers.
SteerClear helps businesses and
consumers by making information on
the current occupancy of an
establishment publicly available. This team signed on Dollarama and Kumon as customers.
POG Competitions helps small streamers network with other small streamers through competitions to allow them to increase their viewership and create lasting relationships. POG grew a community, received organic twitter shoutouts, and had dozens of streamers participate in their tournaments.
ScholarShare is a platform that provides personalized university guidance to anxious high school students by connecting them to university students in their programs of interest for small group Q&A. Scholar Share successful ran multiple monetized webinars.
Starting with a 4-day introduction to BETA Camp! We also run individual events (some are free) and would love to see you there!