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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.

Allsup Summer Entrepreneurship Academy

The Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy is a week-long summer program where high school students from around the nation come together to explore, learn, develop and present innovative solutions to real-world market needs. The Allsup Academy uses experiential learning, problem-solving and case studies to educate young people on how to start and operate a business while instilling an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset.

The Allsup Academy will cover topics that include:

  • Defining entrepreneurship
  • Opportunity recognition
  • Characteristics of a successful entrepreneur
  • Income and financial statements
  • Return on investments
  • Inventions and product development
  • Financing strategy
  • Cost of goods sold
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Competitive analysis
  • Professional presentation methods

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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 on September 30. Cash prizes of 1st Place-$750, 2nd Place-$500 and 3rd Place-$300 will be awarded.

Submission window is open from August 28-September 10, 2018.

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 here.
  • Watch for the announcement of the finalists on September 14, 2018.

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 Escalator Pitch

After the submission window closes, a panel of judges will select the top 24 ideas. Those 24 contestants will have the opportunity to participate in the Teen Escalator Pitch final competition, where they will present their best 30-second pitch one-on-one to judges while riding up and down a series of escalators.

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 #SLUEscalatorPitch. 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.
  • Watch for the announcement of the finalists.

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 #SLUEscalatorPitch 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.

What are the prizes?

First place winners receive a cash prize of $125. Second and third place winners also receive cash prizes.

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, SLU Blue Diamond members 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 Gateway Grizzlies ballpark, where they will pitch from the outfield with their PowerPoint presentation cast on the center field jumbotron to a panel of rockstar judges.

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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