Teaching the next generation the entrepreneurial mindset and skills that will lead to college, career and life success.
Through the empowering experience of running a real business, students demonstrate increased proficiency in six critical competencies we call Spark Skills: Communication, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Innovation, Grit, and Self Management. Most importantly, BUILD students develop a vital sense of self-agency over their education and careers.
BUILD currently serves thousands of students in New York City, Boston, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC with our 4-year model. Our continued growth is through our 1-year programs and virtual offerings nationwide. Our 1-year programs provide a turnkey experience for educators throughout the country with professional development and ongoing support.
10 hours of engaging, culturally responsive, project-based digital content that inspires entrepreneurial innovation
BUILD’s unique program offers students a four-year entrepreneurship experience designed to reinforce the Common Core and develop 21st Century Skills. We connect our students to a powerful network of mentors who support them as they realize their potential and abilities. BUILD staff work closely with teachers by providing ongoing coaching on the day to day program facilitation. BUILD also provides mentorship from local businesses to support in the classroom. BUILD staff assist with all student events to include the Idea pitch, Funding Pitch, Sales Bazaar and Business Plan Competitions. BUILD’s 4 Year Program is currently offered in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA; Washington, DC; Boston, MA; and New York, NY.
BUILD was founded in 1999 and developed a four year program. BUILD grew this program in Hub cities to include the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, Washington, DC, Boston, MA and New York, NY. We launched a satellite model in 2017 with the goal of impacting more students across the US. This model uses several years of our programming and provides “how to” playbooks on delivering the activities that BUILD staff would be responsible for in our Hub cities. The true cost of our Hub programs is over $100K a year per school/$3,000 per student and is supported by philanthropy. The Satellite model allows a cost effective approach for educators and enables BUILD’s impact to grow beyond our current engagements. BUILD is open to discussing adding new schools in our Hubs. Please contact us to discuss.
There is no deadline. It all depends on how easily and quickly your school and school district can approve new curriculum. The BUILD program can launch based on your schedule. Please complete the interest form and let us know your schedule.
BUILD uses a train-the-trainer model and partners with a teacher on campus to teach the curriculum. Virtual teacher training is conducted annually before the school year begins, and teachers receive dedicated staff support and on-call assistance throughout the year.
Nope! BUILD offers a turnkey proprietary curriculum that has activities and lesson plans already built in.
The curriculum is designed specifically for grades 8 – 12. Our team has supported all kinds of schools – charter, private, public, independent, Montessori, etc. Our courses have also been used in afterschool programs and community centers.
Explore is a flexible 6-unit, 30-lesson program that can be taught during the school day or after school. It’s up to individual teachers to determine how long it takes their students to grasp the contents of each lesson.
Entrepreneurship 1.0 is a year-long, 14-unit curriculum that is taught during the school day. The Explore curriculum gives students a more comprehensive and thorough understanding of social entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship 2.0 is a year-long, 12 units that are designed for schools that have implemented Entrepreneurship 1.0 and have advanced students launching ventures.
The Explore program fee consists of a one time launch fee, annual licence fee and professional development and support for the educator fee.
The Entrepreneurship 1.0 program fee consists of a one time launch fee, annual licence fee and professional development and support for the educator fee.
The Entrepreneurship 2.0 program fee consists of an annual licence fee and professional development and support for the educator fee. The $5,000 one time launch fee is waived as Entrepreneurship 1.0 is a prerequisite for this program.
The students launch a business in our Entrepreneurship 1.0 and 2.0 programs. Through this experience the goal is for students to see themselves as change-agents, entrepreneurs, and innovators ready to tackle any problem they are passionate about, whether during the program or beyond.
BUILD works with schools to ensure students have a meaningful experience and coach teachers through pacing and support and implementation best practices so students can launch a product or see their service come to life. School or community based organization to provide $50 – $100 of seed money to each student team.