Youth Startup

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Academy FAQ


Overview & Prices

YouthStartup is dedicated to teaching students communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills. YouthStartup's classes are a combination of fun, age appropriate project based learning, outdoor games and innovative lesson plans.  We teach the students to be educated consumers, to gain confidance and self reliance by creating solutions and communicating them. They learn basics of creating, marketing, building and selling a product. They also learn to become social entrepreneurs who care about the environment and their community.  

While some classes are offered throughout the year, most programs are in the form of summer camps that are half day long (AM or PM). Some location offer both AM and PM sessions which can be combined into a full day camp (often with a deep discount). Some locations also offer extended day option.

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 varies by location and start at $229 per week (either AM or PM sessions).  A week of full day (AM plus PM) class is usually offered at deep 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. 

When offered, Extended-day camp (3-5:30) starts at $75 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. 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.

Teencubator (Rising Grade 8-12) 

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 give presentation at participating incubators to established entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors.  Class registration is not required for contest participation.

TeenStartup & Leadership 

Have fun launching a business or project in a week! Learn leadership skills. Improve your chances of getting into your reach college and research potential majors in the process.  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, effective pitch and business models, begin market research, build a business canvas, create a website and a project plan.  Students learn by defining, planning and initiating a project, gain a better idea of their future career and improve their college application. 

College Prep (SAT/PSAT/ACT Prep)


Reach your best potential score! Many students are taking both tests.Take one class that covers strategies for both SAT and ACT. Find which test is the best fit 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. It is recommended they 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.

jrStartup (Rising Grade 4-8) 

Summer day camps for students in 4th-8th are week long camps. Each week may consist of half day (AM or PM), full day (AM plus PM) 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. 

jrStartup camps includes one or more weeks: InventionMarketing, Finance and Sales (often combined into Business). Different camp locations may offer some or all of the camps. 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 day (AM plus PM) class offers 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' inspiring class presenations posted on the YouTube channel! 


Invention Week

Invention, 1st in jrStartup series, introduces creativity and analytical skills.

Wish you had a solution to a problem? Maybe you can invent one!

Got an idea? if not, brainstorm, find a feasible idea, interview users, research alternatives, make a materials list and build a prototype. Solve a different fashion, building or engineering challenge at every camp. Teams are introduced to budgeting, feasibility and intellectual property. Teams also are assigned a different challenge every camp including solar gadget or crazy Halloween costumes. Present at invention convention. Presentations are submitted to Young Visionary Contest. 


Marketing week 

Marketing, 2nd in jrStartup, introduces media and communication.  “Invention” is recommended. Got an invention? Now get the word out!

Be a smart consumer and learn to analyze Ads targeting youth. Learn good presentation skills and negotiation skills. Write a basic resume.

Students form teams and research the market for their idea, the competition and other alternatives to their idea. They learn about differentiating through a class contest. Create a product brochure, website for their idea/product or commercial. Present at marketing convention. All presentations are submitted to Young Visionary Contest.

Business week

Business, last in jrStartup, combines Finance and Sales.  Sometime Finance and Sales are offered separately. “Marketing” is recommended. Form a company based on your invention, use the marketing research to make a pitch to investors "Shark Tank" style, raise money, forecast sales, build products and compete for marketshare. Present at Business convention and sell your products. Business plan presentations are submitted to Young Visionary Contest. Calculate profit or loss.   

Finance, 3rd in jrStartup, introduces money and finance. “Marketing” is recommended. Students learn basics of money and investing through fun games. They research the cost of their invention, create a material list, calculate all their expenses, create a pitch to investor/teacher and get funded.  Students also learn life skills by playing money games, learn about credit, time value of money and create a personal budget.

Sale, 4th in jrStartup, brings all the lessons together. “Finance” is recommended. Students develop a final business plan. They learn different job functions, conduct interviews, build prototype. They create surveys to find out the demand for their invention and forecast sales. They build products and sell to compete in a sales event.  Business plan presentations are submitted to Young Visionary Contest.

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

Students will 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)
    • 3:00-5:30               Extended Day (optional, when offered)

jrCode (Rising Grade 4-12)

jrCode is offered to students from grades 4-12. Some locations may only offer these classes to rising grades 4-8.

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 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 per registration:  Note, only one major discount applies at a time

  • Get $100 discount if you sign up for 3 full weeks or $150 for 5 half weeks of class by completing the registration and then contacting us via email. Mention your same email used for registration so we can access your account and issue partial refund (paypal or credit card company may take a week to process).  
  • Students enjoy their camps or classes more if they register with friends.  After you register your child, your confirmation will have a code for up to $15 discount for a friend to apply to their total purchase.
  • 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 (2members) discount is $10.
  • Contact us if you are registering for a group larger than 2. Note, one person pays for the entire group through "group registration" process. 
  • 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 is conducted on our site and sometimes registration has to be conducted via a link to a partner site.

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 

  • 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. And YouthStartup, hereafter will be referred to as "Company". Event is hereafter referred to any Company class or camp. Also, all class material, handouts, images, lesson plan, business processes, hereafter are referred to as "Content".
  • You must check email the day before first class for any possible last minute information such as room number changes.

  • No reimbursement is allowed after deadline (Midnight April 1st for Summer camps).

  • After the deadline for cancellation, no refunds are allowed, however a full credit can 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.

  • The staff or company is not responsible for the student’s belongings.
  • 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 send an email permission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AND 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: Please do not be late for pickup.  Our instructors have commitments after camp. For late pickup (you are considered late 10 min after class ends) you may be invoiced or repeat offenders excused from camp.        

  • Accordingly, the Content may not be copied, distributed, republished, uploaded, posted, or transmitted in any way without the prior written consent of Company. You may not remove or alter, or cause to be removed or altered, any copyright, trademark, trade name, service mark, or any other proprietary notice or legend appearing on any of the Content. Further, attendees of any Company programs may not video tape, record, reproduce or narrate entire sessions of the Content that is provided during the class sessions.

  •  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 agree to grant to Company, the right to take video or photographs of my child in connection with event. I authorize Company, its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically. I agree that Company may use such videos or photographs of my child for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, contest entry and Web content. Furthermore, I agree that any software, product ideas or business plans developed or discussed during the event by my child/dependent are done so with the help of the instructors and are shared openly with all students and are considered in public domain and do not constitute an intellectual property. 
  • 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.