We invite you to dream bigger

BETA Camp is bridging the gap between education and life.

The future belongs to those who take action, can think for themselves, and can solve problems in novel ways... What better way to learn those skills than to create something new in the world?

Teens can do much more than we imagine. Ever heard "just wait until you grow up"? Why do we simplify life for teens when they should be learning in preparation for the real world? School is predictable and structured. The real world is complex and unpredictable, unlike school.

There's no better time to get a glimpse of the real world, build your skill set, and experiment, explore, and pivot. BETA Camp isn't just for entrepreneurs, it's for teens ready to experience the real world and challenge themselves to make their mark.

Meet the team behind it all

Despite the significant advances in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in today's world, the opportunities and training available to teenagers have not changed. We’re here to fix that.

Katarina Smith
Program Director

Katarina has spent the last 7 years helping students discover their passions and interests in the world of tech & business. She's taught and worked with thousands students and early-career people through her programs at On Deck, a VC-backed startup, and UBC Geering Up, a non-profit. When not supporting BETA Camp students, you can find her hiking, kayaking, dancing, or playing board games.

Salman Sohani
Program Director

Salman started his entrepreneurship journey at the age of 16, by starting an apparel brand that was bootstrapped by two-part time jobs. After completing business school at Queen's University, Salman worked at VC-backed startups like Ada and Kandji. When not leading BETA Camp’s programs, you can find him on the soccer pitch, playing pick-up basketball, skateboarding or hiking around his home base of Toronto, Canada.

Danielle Elliot
Admissions Coordinator
Balfour Wright
Admissions Coordinator
Aazar Shad
Marketing Lead
Samantha Leal
Head of Marketing
Lindsey Schiller
Admissions & Operations Director
Ivy Xu

Learn from real-world pros

BETA Camp isn’t like an online school. We don’t have teachers or professors. Instead, we have today's leaders, people with real-world experience starting companies and working at the forefront of tech, business and innovation. Our staff changes each cohort, but below you can get an idea of the type of individuals you will be working with at BETA Camp!

Past Instructors, Guests & Startup Advisors

You will be learning from 20+ instructors of this caliber!

Martin Ochwat

Martin has built eCommerce businesses to millions in revenue. He previously worked at Machine Zone and holds a patent in predictive modeling in ad buying.

Carolyn Chong

Carolyn is a Senior Product Manager at Cerence, the world’s leading automotive voice assistant. She was previously a Product Owner at ElementAI and a Product Manager at Obie.AI. She has a Bachelor's of Computer Science from McMaster University.

Henry Shi

Henry Shi is an ex-Google engineer and the co-founder of SnapCommerce, a startup that has driven over $200MM in sales and been used by more than 6M people worldwide. Henry graduated top 1% at University of Waterloo and has a Master's in Machine Learning from GATech.

Steeve Vakeeswaran

Steeve leads Business Operations at Zapier. Previously, Steeve was the Head of Revenue at VaynerCommerce, where he was a founding member of the growth engineering firm. Before that, Steeve worked on the strategy team at Shopify. Steeve guest lectures at the Columbia University Business School.

Morgan Rosenberg

Morgan is the CEO and Founder of Resili, a trans-diagnostic multi-modal app focused mental health. Previously, Morgan was a healthcare consultant and an Adjunct Lecturer at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Morgan has a Bachelor of Art's from Western University.

Owen Wang

Owen is a Senior Software Engineer at Odeko. Prior to Odeko, Owen has worked at Udacity, Sempo, a blockchain company, Farmstead, a grocery-delivery startup, and Google. Owen has a bachelor of Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Chris Brooks

With almost a decade in the startup ecosystem, Chris brings his engineering and product expertise together with his background of venture capital and community building. He has launched B2B enterprise SaaS products, auditing services, and consumer packaged goods.

Eric Chen

Eric has a Bachelor's of Science from Yale University, MBA from Yale School of Management, and M.D. from Yale School of Medicine. He is currently an Anesthesiology Resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the second largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School

Eric Yan

Eric is a Business Operations Manager at Plaid, a financial tech startup that connects data to apps and services. Eric was previously the Director of Business Intelligence at Clarivate Analytics, a Private Equity Associate at Onex, and an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Chris Lu

Chris is the co-founder and CTO of Copy.ai, an AI powered tool built on GPT-3, and an angel investor in 100+ companies. He was previously a Partner at Employee Stock Option Fund and has his Bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Rachel Marincola

Rachel was Engineer #10 at DoorDash, and led projects including launching new verticals like DoorDash Drive, Alcohol Delivery, and international markets. She is now a Senior Software Engineer at Khan Academy. Rachel has a Bachelor's in Computer Science from Stanford.

Melody Ma

Melody is the co-founder of Podyssey Podcasts, an online community where podcasts lovers can discover and share their favourite podcasts with each other. She was previously a web developer at MEC and a Product Manager at Moneris Solutions. Melody has her Bachelor's from UBC.

Kaitlyn Zhou

Kaitlyn is a PhD Candidate at Stanford University in Computer Science. She has a MS and BA in Computer Science, HumanCentered Design andEngineering, from The Universityof Washington. Kaitlyn has worked at Docugami, Twitter, and Bloomberg.

Matthew Black

Matthew is an Engagement Manager at Oliver Wyman. He has also worked at Georgian Partners under Strategy and Impact and CrowdAI under Business Development. Matthew has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queen's University and his MBA from The Wharton School

Cindy Soo

Cindy is a strategy and innovationleader with 20+ years of experience working with boutique brands and Fortune 500 companies. She is currently the Head of Innovation at IKEA, based in Sweden, and guest lectures universities and consults for C-suite executives.

Urvashi Barooah

Urvashi has a Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and a MBA from The Wharton School. She was previously a consultant at BCG and has worked at tech accelorator, Techstars in Silicon Valley. She is currently an investor with Red Point Ventures in San Francisco.

Kimberly Pringle

Kimberly is Head of Data Product Partnerships at Google. She was previously a lead in Strategy and Product Partnerships at Instagram Shopping and a Category Manager at Amazon. Kimberly has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Vijay Jeyapalan

Vijay is the co-founder and Head of Growth at Kabo, a subscription service for dog food and a Forbes 30 Under 30. He was previously an E-commerce Performance Manager at Facebook and Director of Growth and Unhaggle. He has a Bachelor's from Mount Allison University.

Heather Evans

Heather is the Director of Frontier Technology Research at Asia Society NorCal. She was previously a Senior Advisor for Advanced Tech to the Ontario Ministry. Heather has a Master's from Tsinghua University as a Schwartzman Scholar and a Bachelor's of Commerce from Queen's University.

Evan Strother

Evan has worked at McKinsey as a consultant, at Youtube as a Product Specialist and has also had exposure to investing at two investment firms, FLLPartners and LLR Partners. Evan earned his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering at Duke University and his MBA from Wharton.

Tommy Liu

Tommy is a Software Engineer at Waymo, Google's Self-Driving Car Project. Previously, Tommy was a Robotics Engineer at Anki. Tommy has a Bachelor's of Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon.

James Nelson

James is currently the Senior Manager of Merchant Strategy at Doordash. Prior to Doordash, James was a Business Operations Manager at Wish where he opened Wish's European Business Development office. James has a bachelors degree from Stanford University.

Ran Shulman

Ran is a Growth Manager and previously served as a Restaurants Relationships Account Manager and Sr. Director of Partnerships at SkipTheDishes, based in Winnipeg. Ran has a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Winnipeg.

Jenée Jernigan

Jenée is a Senior Experience Designer at ChowNow. She was previously a Sr. Experience Designer at Airbnb on Airbnb Experiences and a Product Designer at Hulu. Jenée has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts and has received professional training from IDEO.

Ikenna Enwere

Ikenna EnwereIke earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical & Biological Engineering from MIT, his MBA from Wharton, and his Master of Public Administration degree at Harvard. Prior to his MBA, he worked at General Mills as an Operations Team Leader.

Carolyn Chen

Carolyn Chen is the founder & CEO of Reset Beauty Inc, the beauty portfolio company behind Orosa Beauty and Vesca Beauty. She has landed collaboration deals with TikTok superstars Charli & Dixie D’Amelio. Carolyn has a Bachelor's from Ivey and previously worked at Bain & Company.

Jessie Duan

Jessie Duan is the Chief of Staff to the CTO at Roblox. She has nearly 5 years of experience at Quora as an engineering manager and has worked at Microsoft and Khan Academy. Jessie has a Bachelor's and Master's in Applied Science, Computer Science from Stanford University.

Ava McDoland

Ava is a high school entrepreneur and the founder of Zfluence, a platform that connects GenZ influencers with the brands. Zfluence works with 500+ influencers on 100+ campuses with 40+ brand partners. Ava also serves as a GenZ consultant to many top brands including Unilever. Ava is a freshman at Georgetown University.

Minn Kim

Minn is a Principal investor at Bloomberg Beta. She was previously an associate in Strategy and Corporate Development at Bloomberg LP and a Data Analyst focused on Private Equity. Minn has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology from Villanova University.

Matt McLellan

Matt has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ivey at Western University. He is the co-founder and CEO of Halp, a startup that provides high schoolstudents with personal development courses. Prior to Halp, Matthew work in consulting at two boutique consulting firms.

Cassy Aite

Cassy is the co-founder and CEO of Hoppier. Cassy hast started over 15 different companies. He also previously worked at EY in the Advisory Practice and at BTO Research in Munich, Germany and Vienna Austria. Cassy studied finance at the University of Ottawa.

Connie Lo

Connie is the co-founder of Three Ships, a natural skincare line selling in over 100 retailers across North America, including Target and Nordstrom. She was previously an Account Manager at Kimberly Clark managing $4M in accounts and a Staff Accountant at KPMG.

David Zhang

David is a Mechanical Design Engineer working on camera hardware at Apple. Previously, he was a Mechanical Engineer at Meta View and Western Digital. David has a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Vermont and a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Nicole Fitzgerald

Nicole is a Machine Learning Research Engineering at Microsoft. She has a Bachelor's of Philosophy and Bachelor's of Computer Science dual degree from Queen's University and previously worked at EMOS Technologies in Hong Kong and as a researcher at For.Ai.

Peter Chen

Peter is a consultant at Bain & Company. He earned is Bachelor's of Economics and Psychology at Harvard and MBA at Wharton. Previously, Peter was t he Director of Strategy and Business Development at Blink Fitness, a quality fitness chain with over 90 locations.

Connie Qian

Connie has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and an MBA from The Wharton School. She has worked at Goldman Sachs and Baird conducting Equity Research. After she has worked at Square in Finance & Strategy. She is now a Senior Associate at ForgePoint Capital.

Kevin Kim

Kevin Kim is the co-founder & CEO of Stadium Live, a digital world for GenZ sports fans. He helped 20x customer growth and 10x company growth as Head of Product at Drop, designed web/mobile experiences for 8M users at Checkout 51, and worked on mobile products at ooVoo for 100M+ users.

Dan Li

Dan has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and is completing his MBA at Harvard Business School. He was a Senior Product Manager at Linkedin and has previously worked at Facebook and Microsoft and Zhenfund, an investment firm.

Julie Zhu

Julie has a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University. She started her career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an Investment Banking Analyst and then worked at Morgan Stanley as a Private Equity Associate. She is now a Senior Associate at Diagram Ventures in Montreal.

Where will your startup journey take you?

Now Enrolling for Fall 2023!