Summer Program

A startup bootcamp for young entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneurial Ventures Summer Accelerator is a partnership between Horn Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware and Schoolyard Ventures, an organization that develops university-level learning opportunities for ambitious high school students.

During the intensive eight-week program, students will launch their own business and social ventures. By the end of the program, they will be able to:

  • Develop a plan for launching a venture
  • Define customers and customer segments
  • Test their ideas in the real world
  • Market through multiple channels
  • Understand how customers, employers, and colleges view them and their strengths
  • Present their ideas to potential investors and advocates

The program will culminate in a graduation event where students present their ventures, accomplishments and personal development experiences.

This program is eligible to students in grades 8, 9, 10, and 11.

Program Highlights

Identify and solve real-world problems.

Develop a plan for launching a venture.

Build the skills and mindset of successful entrepreneurs.

High school sophomores and juniors participating in the 2018 Edge Summer Scholars Program have a student session in Lerner Hall. Edge is a 5 week, live-in college preparatory program during which students have the opportunity to earn 7 transferable college credits. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

Program Details

Dates and Location

June 14 - August 6, 2021


Early Decision Application Deadline: March 1, 11:59pm ET
Regular Decision Application Deadline: May 1, 11:59pm ET



For an additional $295, students can opt to receive one college credit from the University of Delaware.

Once our students embrace their identity as entrepreneurs who are able to make a positive impact on others, they more rapidly initiate change. They go back home to address challenges in their communities, and they take an increasingly proactive approach to create their own futures.

- Scott Aronow Schoolyard Ventures Summer Program Director

Learn More

For any questions, contact Rich Sedmak of Schoolyard Ventures. | 267-481-1696