Youth Startup

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Academy FAQ


Overview & Prices

Youth Startup Academy offers age appropriate entrepreneurial education as well as leadership, coding and college prep for students entering grades 4-8 (jrStartup summer day camps) and grades 9-12 (Teen spring or summer classes).  Summer Week-long sessions are either half or full day.  Different locations may offer difference classes at slightly different prices and format. Registration is done through YouthStartup website or via a link to a partner site. When registering through a partner, the partners' prices, terms and conditions apply.

Summer camp volunteer positions as well as limited internships are available for some High school students. All high school students can apply online for volunteer position with jrStartup camps for younger (4-8th grade) students. School administrators or volunteers can contact Youth Startup to find out about other teen internship opportunities. 

Prices for week-long classes start at $235 per week (either AM or PM sessions).  A week of full day (both AM and PM) class is usually offered at a discount.  To learn more about promotional discounts, connect to us on social media and ask your school's parent volunteer organization if they have any discount codes. 

jrStartup Extended-day camp (3-5:30) is $99 for one child and $75 (if a group of 2 or more children/siblings register together) per week. See Discounts section for additional jrStartup camp savings.

Refunds are allowed for summer camps by midnight 4/1. Deadline for fall/winter classes is a month prior to class. When a cancellation request is processed, your account's "event detail" status will be "cancelled". In case of a cancellation request after either deadlines, the student will receive a camp/class credit to be used within a calendar year by the student, a sibling or a friend. No refunds are allowed after the deadline.  

Youth Startup reserves the right to cancel a camp/class at any time and issue a refund to all students.

Contest. YouthStartup contest is open to all in Bay Area. Finalists will win prizes and awards that vary each year based on donations and sponsors.  Class registration is not a requirement for participation in the contest.

Grade 9-12 Teencubator 

Teen classes are on fall or winter weekends or during Summer break. Teencubator curriculum is usually a week-long half-day or full-day class covering TeenStartupSAT+ACT Prep and/or Coding classes.  Teens can also participate in Young Visionary Contest. Finalists will win prizes and awards that vary each year based on donations and sponsors. The finalists may be giving presentation at participating incubators to established entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors.  Class registration is not required for contest participation.

TeenStartup & Leadership 

Startup a business or a project in a week! Entrepreneurship lessons and best practices are introduced in the Business Leadership class. Students review successful companies, learn creativity and brainstorming techniques, form their ideas and teams, learn about team dynamics and business models, build a business canvas and begin market research. Create a website and a project plan.

College Prep (SAT/PSAT/ACT Prep)


Many students are taking both tests. Find out which one is better for you and what to concentrate on. Prepare for both SAT and ACT test by reviewing and practicing all the techniques. We partner with the best and most reputable test prep providers and evaluate them regularly in order to offer a comprehensive and effective course. Students will receive handouts and material free of charge and may additionally be required to purchase prior to coming to class, an official practice book (Real ACT Prep Guide, or Official SAT Study Guide) on their own. These books contain multiple practice tests that will continue to further improve students' speed and therefore score.


Grade 4-8 jrStartup 

Summer day camps for students in 4th-8th are 1 or more weeks long depending on the facility hosting the camps. Each week may consist of half day, full day and Extended day options. The curriculum is based on jrStartup and includes concepts in Invention, Marketing/Media, Business/Money. Students brainstorm and create a product and prototype in Invention week. They communicate and market their product benefits to the target customer while building a website and campaigns in Marketing Communication week. They finally bring the product to market, sell and calculate profits/loss in Business week. The older students, 7 and 8th graders, have the option of becoming leaders in training and act as the younger campers' team leader, project manager, and consultants depending on the project and activity.

The camp weeks are InventionMarketing, Finance and Sales (often combined into Business).   Different camp locations may offer some or all of the camps. For example depending on the facility class may have to be cut short to accomodate days available at a particular facility. 

You can sign up for any session of jrStartup camp individually but attending all the sessions introduces the camper to the complete curriculum while reinforcing and utilizing previous camp’s lessons. Singing up for the full class package can offer great savings. 

Students will be placed in teams within their age range, ability and maturity. Often students entering 4-6 and those entering grades 6-8 will be in their separate groups but in the same room working on different curriculum.  

See a few of our students' impressive and inspiring class presenations posted on the YouTube channel! 


Invention Week

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Invention, 1st in jrStartup series, introduces creativity and analytical skills. Teams brainstorm product ideas, interview users, learn budgeting, feasibility and intellectual property. Teams additionally have a different challenge every camp including solar gadget or crazy Halloween costumes. Presentations are submitted to Young Visionary Contest. 

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Marketing week 

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Marketing, 2nd in jrStartup, introduces media and communication.  “Invention” is recommended. Students analyze media messages; write resumes and conduct mock interviews. They write their company mission, research market, create a product brochure for their invention idea, build a commercial and website. Presentations are submitted to Young Visionary Contest. 

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Business week

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 Business, 3rd in jrStartup, introduces finance and sales.  Sometime Finance and Sales are offered separately instead of Business. “Marketing” is recommended. Students develop a business pitch and get funding. They learn different job functions, build their prototype and compete in a trade show.  Business plan presentations are submitted to Young Visionary Contest. 

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Leaders in Training

Returning campers or those in grades 7 or 8, can participate in Leader in Training program. The Leader in Training must be a mature and responsible 7 or 8th grader who wants to help other students and practice his/her leadership skills. These campers will be the team leader in camp activities. They will be “advisors” in Marketing camp, “consultants” in Business camp, or “managers” in the Invention camp.  To apply for a Leader in Training, the campers must first register for camp and choose the "Leader in Training" option in the registration form. 

Camp Itinerary

Youth Startup Academy offers a series of classes (teens) and camps (4-8th graders).  Teen classes are more educational while camps for younger students offer more fun activities and parent presentation sessions.

Class itinerary for teens

Teen class schedule is 9-12 (AM class), 12-3 (PM class). Students will also have a short morning afternoon and lunch breaks (full day participants). Extended hours are not available.

Camp itinerary for jrStartup(grades 4-8)

Camp itinerary can vary slightly according to the needs of the campsite and the need of campers. This variation is based on the judgment of experienced lead instructor. One day a week is water play (dependent on facility policy) and/or movie day. Both activities are optional and Free. Further site specific information will be provided by camp directors and communicated to parents via emails. Friday afternoons are reserved for parent presentations by students. Also, fun homework is sometimes assigned to complete or research invention or communication projects. 

3:00PM-5:30Pm are Extended Hours.  Extended hour activities are free play, crafts, fun games or volunteer sports activities and can vary by camp location.  

A typical day at the camp often follows the schedule below and the start and end times never changes:

AM jrStartup Camp (9am-12pm)

    • 9:00-9:10                Check-in (AM or All Day)
    • 9:10-9:15                Review of day’s agenda
    • 9:15-10:20              Class session 1
    • 10:20-10:35            Snack and outside activity
    • 10:35-11:40            Class session 2
    • 11:40-12:00            Multimedia lesson
    • 12:00                      Check-out (AM)
    • 11:50-12:10             Lunch, outside activity (All Day campers only)

PM jrStartup Camp (12-3)

    • 12:00-12:10           PM Check-in
    • 12:10-12:30           Multimedia lesson
    • 12:30-1:35             Class session 3
    • 1:35-1:45               Outside activity
    • 1:45-2:50               Class session 4
    • 2:50-3:00               Review & planning
    • 3:00                       Check-out (PM or All Day)


jrCode is offered to students from grades 4-12. Computer logic and programming are skills that are increasingly becoming necessary and each student must understand how computer logic works even if they are not interested in becoming a computer professional. Classes are offered in Java, Python, App Design and more. Different locations offer different classes. Some classes are offered directly through school and are in beta. These classes can not be found on the registration page. For more information, parents and school administrators or volunteers can contact us.



All students 13 years and older are encouraged to enter the Young Visionary Contest to get recognition for their ideas and accomplishments as well as exposure to the investor community and internship opportunities. The finalists will present at partner incubator companies and win prizes.  Visit the CONTEST page/tab to learn more and fill out the application. All Academy campers are automatically entered into the contest.  


YouthStartup is a very unique and valuable educational experience. We want to provide the camp experience to as many students as possible. Therefore we provide many ways to save on the registration fees. Given all the savings, we offers one of the best summer camps in terms of quality and price. Here is a list of saving methods:

  • Students enjoy their camps or classes more if they register with friends.  After you register your child, we will send you a code for up to $15 discount for a friend to use.
  • Register for all 3 full weeks of jrMBA camp, when offered in a location, and save up to $200.
  • Be an early bird! Watch out for SuperSaver flyers through school envelops, website or emails where you can save up to 50% off. "Like" our Facebook page or follow us on twitter and become aware of fun facts, College scholarship contests, Video contest, The SuperSaver 50% coupons codes on a variety of classes and summer camps (restrictions apply).
  • Siblings or Group discount is $10.
  • Request a scholarship application via email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before April 1st and if qualified, you can receive up to 75% discount!


Classes are offered on many locations including schools, city parks and recreation facilities. Sometimes registration has to be conducted via a link to a partner site's registration system. See REGISTRATION tab to find out how to sign up for classes/camps in a location near you.  If you don't see your desired location, visit the "Partner" page.

Terms and Conditions

  • You must check email the day before first class for any possible last minute information such as room number changes.
  • Grades 4-8: No reimbursement is allowed after deadline (Midnight April 1st for jrMBA camps).
  • Grades 9-12: No reimbursement is allowed after deadline (Midnight March 1st for any Teen Summer or Spring classes).
  • After the cancellation deadline, no refunds are allowed, however a full credit will be issued that must be used within a calendar year by the student, sibling or a friend.
  • No make-up dates or discounts for student absences allowed.
  • No supervision of students will be provided by camp staff before or after each class.
  • We reserve the right to cancel a class at any time and provide full tuition refund.
  • We reserve the right to relocate a class to a nearby facility to ensure a minimal number of participants for effective class projects.
  • Students are advised to dress comfortably, wear sunscreen and pack a healthy lunch, snack and bring water bottle(s).
  • No refund or adjustment will be provided to a student who is dismissed by the instructor due to any behavior detrimental to the success of the program or success and safety of other students.
  • We may use some of the group pictures of camp facility and campers on our website or in our promotional material.
  • Grades 4-8: If a student is to be picked up by someone besides the parent, we must have received an email with the person’s name at least a day prior to pickup
  • Grades 4-8 summer camp requires parent check-in and checkout signatures. If a student is to walk home or walk to curb, the parent must document their permission in the registration Notes section.  Or give the instructor a written permission.
  • Grades 4-8 summer camp with AM or PM Extended day, if and when provided, has a minimum enrollment requirement of 5 students. In the event of low participation, the extended day may be cancelled and parents will be notified and will receive a refund for the extended day costs or a full refund if they so choose.
  • Grades 4-8: For late pickup (you are considered late 10 min after class ends) you will be invoiced at the rate of $1/min.        
  • The staff or company is not responsible for the student’s belongings.
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  • For purposes of these Terms and Conditions of Sale, a "minor" is someone who has not reached the age of majority in the applicable jurisdiction from which the Site is being accessed. In the event that you, as a legal guardian, wish to allow a minor to use the Site and/or any Company services, you acknowledge that that minor will have permission to access this entire site and any Company services, including without limitation the camps, classes, contests. You agree that the camp or class program provided by Company is only directed to individuals who are currently enrolled and attending high school in grades nine through twelve (Teen classes), or in grades four to eight (jrMBA camps). No other attendees are permitted during class sessions, including parents, younger siblings, relatives, or designated legal guardians.

  • IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, I understand every effort will be made to contact me (if an adult, my spouse or next of kin). In the event I cannot be reached I hereby give my permission to the licensed healthcare practitioner selected by the adult instructor in charge to secure proper treatment including hospitalization, anesthesia, surgery, or injections of medication for my child (or me, if an adult).
  • I have read the Rules and Information section of this document and understand the terms of enrollment. And, I give my permission for my child’s full participation in this camp.