What to Expect.
Have you ever dreamed of starting a company and wondered what it takes and where to start?
GSE will help you answer this question. In the 3 weeks at GSE you'll be exposed to experienced entrepreneurs, startup tools, funding, pitch competitions, emerging technologies, and scholarships.
It is 100% free to apply and attend; all Kentucky 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are eligible to apply.
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Instructional coaches, mentors, and guest speakers will provide direction for teams. Entrepreneurs will become familiar with tools like the Business Model Canvas, Design Thinking, and Lean Methodology. Because of this knowledge and experience, some teams may be ready for launch at the end of the program.
GSE teams are comprised of no more than 4 entrepreneurs. Individuals are selected based on their skill sets, talents, and experiences.
Time for Fun
Starting a company is not easy and requires hard work. With that being said, there are several fun activities planned throughout the 3-week program.
GSE culminates with a Demo Day where each team will pitch their business to a large audience and panel of judges. The top 5 teams will have the opportunity to earn cash prizes.
GSE Entrepreneurs are eligible for a host of scholarship opportunities offered by colleges and universities around the state. The list is constantly growing - your dream school may be on our list already!
We work with guidance counselors to help you earn class credit for the work you do at GSE. GSE Entrepreneurs spend around 145 hours working on their businesses and pitch presentations - we want to make sure your hard work is recognized and pays off.
At GSE, we want you to take advantage of every opportunity possible. We will work with your team to arrange opportunities for you at pitch competitions like 5Across and Dream Funders - the sky is the limit!
We want you to learn from the best. Each summer, we bring in a variety of prominent Entrepreneurs. They share their stories, lessons, and advise in personalized sessions. You'll walk away with perspectives most people pay to have!
Technology plays a pivotal role in Entrepreneurship. At GSE, you'll have access to learn and use items like 3D printers, Virtual Reality goggles, and much, much more!
There is so much more!
- Web and mobile development courses
- High ropes course
- Angel investors and venture capitalists
- Free legal advice from attorneys
- Trips to startup companies and other businesses
- Live on a college campus for three weeks
- Build robots and learn the basics of coding
- Make connections to last a lifetime