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Saint Louis University offers programs that allow high school students to learn about the world of startups and entrepreneurship while develop their own ideas into products.

Allsup Entrepeneurship Academy
 

Offered through the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, these programs offer opportunities to network with business owners, workshops on concept development and innovations and information on how to prepare for a career in building your own business.

Summer Entrepreneurship Academy

After 13 years of hosting the Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy for high school students, the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship is excited to announce a new expansion. For the first time, the 2019 Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy will take place in collaboration with local Saint Louis tech company "Breach" to present Lift Off, a ten-day residential camp where a select group of high school students will stay on SLU's campus to develop their own Smart City initiative that incorporates entrepreneurship and emerging technologies to address a real-world problem.

Through Lift Off, not only can we continue to provide the experiences offered through our traditional Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy, but students will incorporate new and exciting technologies and have the opportunity to work around the clock with their peers to develop their solutions during the residential experience. Upon completion of the Lift-Off camp, students have the opportunity to continue their work as part of a 10-month cohort to further develop their entrepreneurial solutions in collaboration with Saint Louis University, local entrepreneurs and community representatives. 

Selection process: students must apply to be selected for this experience. 

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For more information, email laura.gardner@slu.edu

Teen Idea Dash

The Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship’s Teen Idea Dash invites high school students to enter with a simple Instagram post each year.

After the submission window closes, a panel of judges will select the top 20 ideas. The top 20 contestants will have the opportunity to participate in the Teen Idea Dash at the Saint Louis Zoo. Cash prizes of 1st Place-$750, 2nd Place-$500 and 3rd Place-$300 will be awarded.

How to enter:

  • Follow the center on Instagram @SLU_ent.
  • Watch for our question to be posted.
  • Post a selfie with your idea.
  • Tag @SLU_ent using #SLUIdeaDash2018.
  • Fill out the submission form.

FAQs
Who is eligible to enter?
Any high school student (grades 9-12).

Can I submit more than one entry?
Yes, you may submit as many entries as you’d like. Be sure to tag @SLU_ent and use #SLUTeenIdeaDash2018 to officially enter each idea.

Can more than one person enter together?

No. Participants must enter individually.

Who are the first round judges?

The first round of judges consists of the Saint Louis University entrepreneurship team.

What are the prizes?

First place winners receive a cash prize of $150, Second place $120 and Third place $100.

If I’m selected as a finalist, who will be judging my ideas?

Although the judges change every year, you will be pitching ideas to local entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs will be presenting you with real challenges facing their businesses and will select their favorite ideas. 

For more information, email laura.gardner@slu.edu

Teen Elevator Pitch

The Teen Elevator Pitch Competition invites high school students to enter SLU’s twist on the classic elevator pitch competition for a chance to win a grand prize. The submission window is open from late October through mid November.

Two types of pitches are considered: for-profit ideas and not-for-profit ideas.  Prizes are awarded to first place ($1,000), second place ($750) and third place: ($500).

After the submission window closes, a panel of judges will select the top 12 pitches to present their best 30-second pitch one-on-one to judges while riding up and down the elevators. The Final Round will takes place in early December at the One Metropolitan Square building in downtown St. Louis.

How to apply:

  • Follow the center on Instagram @SLU_ent.
  • Work on your best 30-second elevator pitch for your existing business or your business idea.
  • Post a video of your pitch on Instagram and tag @SLU_ent and use #SLUElevatorPitch2018. Note that if your Instagram account is private, you must send your pitch in a direct message, or we will not be able to see it.
  • Fill out the submission form.
  • Finalists announced a few days after the submission window closes in November.

FAQs
Who is eligible to enter?
Any high school student (grades 9-12) from around the nation.

Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes, you may submit as many entries as you’d like. Be sure to tag @SLU_ent and use #SLUElevatorPitch2018 to officially enter each idea.  

Can more than one person enter together?

Yes, but only one may pitch. If selected as a finalist, the same individual must pitch at the final competition.

Who are the first round judges?

The first round of judges consists of the Saint Louis University entrepreneurship team.

If I’m selected as a finalist, who will be judging my ideas?
Although the judges change every year, you will be pitching ideas to SLU professors in entrepreneurship, and other notable entrepreneurs in the community.

For more information, email laura.gardner@slu.edu

Angels in the Outfield 

The Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship’s teen pitch deck competition, Angels in the Outfield, invites high school students to submit a video of their investor pitch each year. A panel of judges will select the top 10 investor pitch submissions. The top 10 contestants will have the opportunity to present their pitch deck at the final round at the St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium, where they will pitch their PowerPoint presentation cast on the center field jumbotron to a panel of rockstar judges.

Competition prizes are 1st Place - $2,500; 2nd Place - $1,500 3rd Place - $1,000

How to enter:

  • Follow us on Instagram at @SLU_ent.
  • Use this template to create your pitch deck with the following slides:
      • Title: Name of your organization, company or idea, as well as your name
      • Problem: Describe the pain that you’re alleviating. The goal is to get everyone nodding and buying in. 
      • Solution: Explain how you alleviate this pain. Ensure that the audience understands what you sell and your value proposition.                                                                                  
      • Business Model: Explain how you’ll make money and who will pay you.
      • Industry Trends: Tell us what industry you’re in and what the future trends look like. Are there two potential customers or are there three billion?
      • Competition: Provide a complete view of the competitive landscape and how you are better than what’s there already.
      • Closing: Thank the judges and show your name again.
  • Make a five-minute video of yourself presenting your pitch deck with the slides. Both you and your presentation must be in the video.
  • Upload your video to YouTube and complete the submission form.

For more information, email laura.gardner@slu.edu

High School Entrepreneurship Ambassadors

SLU’s high school entrepreneurship ambassadors are student leaders within their high schools who demonstrate strong entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to promote entrepreneurial opportunities to peers. They are responsible for representing SLU’s High School Entrepreneurship Program at competitions and opportunities within their schools/organizations and inspiring their peers to get involved in the activities that interest them most. They also receive special invitations and mentoring opportunities through SLU’s Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

If you are a teacher or community leader in search of guest speakers, entrepreneurial resources, or opportunities for your students to get involved on SLU’s campus, contact laura.gardner@slu.edu.

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