For Parents

For parents of rising 5th - 9th graders, we understand that middle school students crave the attention, advice and leadership from older positive role models and near-peer mentors who have recently walked in their shoes.

Middle School Busines Contest - Shark Tank Style

 

 

 

Are you a middle school student with big ideas and a passion for innovation? Teen Innovators, a non-profit dedicated to fostering creativity and entrepreneurship in young minds, is thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity just for you!

 

APPLY NOW!

Introducing the Teen Innovators Business Contest, where middle school students like you can unleash your creativity by developing a mini-business plan and presenting it to our “Shark Tank” judges. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, a visionary artist, or a problem-solving whiz, this contest is your chance to shine.

 

Here’s what you need to know:

 

**Contest Details:** Participants will create mini-business plans and present their ideas through various mediums such as video recordings, essays, posters, and more.

  

**Admission Fee:** A nominal fee of $15 – but don’t let that deter you!  Fee waivers are available upon request to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

 

**Awards:** Get ready to compete for the top prizes! We’re offering a total prize value of $900 to recognize the most innovative and impactful projects.

 

**Awards Night:** Mark your calendars for June 14th! The program will culminate with an exciting Awards Night at the Merchandise Mart in the heart of Chicago. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss!

 

**Guidance and Support:** Throughout the contest, participants will have access to exclusive Zoom sessions where they can seek guidance, ask questions, and refine their projects with the help of industry experts and mentors.

 

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to showcase your creativity, hone your entrepreneurial skills, and compete for fantastic prizes!

 

Business Pitch Showcase JUNE 14th.

2:00 Tour of Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

3:00 Awards Ceremony on the 6th floor

 

 

 

Business Pitch Awards

Come Celebrate Innovative Ideas.

Teen Innovators Summer Camp! For 5-9th graders!

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2024

Location: The Mart,  222 West Merchandise Mart Plaze, Chicago, IL easy drop off on street level OR access from the CTA Merchandise Mart Stop.

Hours: 2 to 4 pm 

Cost: $15 donation to enter 

What to Expect: We are offering a total prize value of $900 to recognize the most innovative and impactful ideas.  

 

Sign Up Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dT92P7I0CoTwzL-buy4GNWHzQSd7G7qU7jN9T9Y-Wds/prefill

 

The camp will be held at the Merchandise Mart in Downtown Chicago. Our “home base” will be the Chicago Connectory, a tech incubation space sponsored by Bosch. We will also be taking walking tours of other tech companies around the Merchandise Mart.

We will have a drop-off and pick-up location in the North Center area near the Brown Line CTA. We will then as a group travel to the Merchandise Mart via the CTA Brown Line. We will have a drop-off and pick-up location in the North Center area near the Brown Line CTA. We will then as a group travel to the Merchandise Mart via the CTA Brown Line. 

Participants will boost their innovative thinking skills with a daily theme that all activities will center around.  Themes will include communication, creativity, collaboration, strategy, etc.  Activities will include challenges, company and building tours, speakers, and more!  Students will learn how to network and make new friends.

Our team is comprised of certified educators along with our certified peer mentors. All staff are background checked.

Participants will be asked to bring their own lunches. We will have access to refrigerators at the Connectory to keep lunches cold.

Yes, we will require a $100 deposit at registration. The final $175 will be due May  30.

 

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📆 Coding Club Tuesdays from 4-5:00 CST

📆 Chess Club Tuesdays from 4-5:00 CST

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