A 10-Day Entrepreneurship Intensive for Young Women
What do Spanx, HP, Avon, Time, IBM, Gilt and Yahoo! have in common? Women founders and CEOs, that’s what!
New York City is the global capital for women entrepreneurs and, in July of 2014, over 70 future entrepreneurs learned how to launch their very own startups through Athena's summer intensive, Entrepreneurs-in-Training, developed in cooperation with Barnard's Office of Pre-College Programs. The program helped students develop an idea and turn it into a promising plan of action with hands-on teaching by some of the most successful leaders in the industry.
Courses for this program ranged from Developing a Business Idea to Getting Funded and have included site visits to startups in New York, including Baublebar, DoSomething.org General Assembly, Grind, Grovo, Hanky Panky, LevoLeague, MakerBot, NowThis News, Science House, ZinePak and ZocDoc. Students were assigned to work in groups as they developed their own business and social ventures, built public speaking skills, and ultimately pitched their ideas to mentors, investors, and fellow students. Instructors were startup experts and leaders in their respective fields, many having led ventures of their own and others are teaching at the most prestigious business schools in the nation.
The inaugural Entrepreneurs in Training program launch was rolled out with great reviews from two cohorts in 2013. First, in partnership with the Barnard Pre-College Summer Program and second, as part of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York's Leadership Institute.