March 19, 6:00PM – 10:00PM
March 20, 9:00AM – 7:00PM
March 21, 9:00AM – 7:00PM
To challenge all teens to uplift themselves and engage the market through inspiring entrepreneurship education experiences of creation, competition, and community.
Entrepreneurship is a viable alternative to predefined, traditional career tracks that may not suit all members of our community. We see entrepreneurship education as a community solution that empowers members, especially our youth, with the skills and experiences they need to compete in a blossoming creative economy. We see the value of their natural assets – creativity, discovery, resourcefulness and exploration – to springboard them into entrepreneurial success with guidance that is fun enough to be engaging and structured enough to be effective. Entrepreneurship education is uniquely positioned to hand our youth the skills they need to be successful in anything they choose to do. The Teen Business Challenge curriculum is powered by three core competencies – creative thinking, collaboration, and communication – that are tied to Common Core Standards.
Teen Business Challenge (TBC) is an annual event that challenges all teens to uplift themselves and engage the market over an inspiring weekend of creation, competition, and community. Twenty teens will be selected to participate and assigned to four teams. During the event, participants are guided by instructors and coaches, motivated by each other, and empowered with skills and tech to compete in teams of five in four challenges that earn the team points. The team with the most points wins! The TBC difference is a gamified experience that motivates kids to engage discovery and teamwork in a way that otherwise may not interest them in a school setting. TBC was born out of a blossoming entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tampa, FL and injects a startup culture energy into the event that attracts kids’ participation and achievement. TBC is not only about the teens creating businesses: It is about the skills they will need to be successful in anything they choose to do. The learning outcomes revolve around three core competencies – collaboration, creative thinking. and communication – rooted in the four challenges:
Challenge 1: “The Citi Big Idea Challenge” – Creative problem-solving
Challenge 2: “The Citi Biz Model Challenge” – Concept modeling
Challenge 3: “The Connectwise Market Challenge” – Marketing Your Product
Challenge 4: “The Connectwise MVP Challenge” – Modeling Your Product
Challenge 5: “The Pitch Challenge” – Organizing ideas and communicating clearly
The Teen Business Challenge at Computer Mentors is powered by volunteers with education, entrepreneurial, and community empowerment backgrounds.