Our Virtual Online + Interactive Entrepreneurship Program for High School Students

Beta Bowl offers virtual online and interactive entrepreneurial enrichment programs for motivated teens. The program is comprised of 27 online video lessons, accompanying weekly tasks, group calls, and 1-on-1 calls with a startup mentor. Students get weekly step-by-step instruction, with practical, hands-on implementation and take an idea from inception to ready-to-launch business. At the end of the session, the students come away with a unique business plan, marketing strategy, completed financial model, investor pitch deck, and viable real-life business. Not only is the program a great resume booster, but it also equips teens with a host of impressive skills that colleges are seeking in successful applicants. Our 12-week program culminates in a pitch competition in which teens receive individual feedback from real investors on their pitch decks and businesses, as well as compete to win $1500 that will be awarded to one participant per session. Teens on our Platinum package receive a custom college recommendation letter written by the Beta Bowl founder and CEO, specific to their unique journey, progress, and accomplishments.
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We offer 3 packages, to fit every parent’s budget and preferences, ranging from a self-paced session with weekly group calls to a premium package with 1-on-1 help every step of the way, including an individual startup mentor for weekly calls and 24-hour assistance, and a customized college recommendation letter from the Beta Bowl founder, specific to your teen’s journey and progress. 

Program Highlights

Hands-On Activities: Unlike the classroom learning experience, Beta Bowl is all about implementation and putting what students learn into practice in real life. That’s exactly what students do throughout this entrepreneurial extracurricular program. Each weekly lesson is accompanied by multiple hands-on tasks that take students one step closer to turning their idea into a living, breathing, thriving, and profitable business. These hands-on tasks include real-life idea validation, customer research, building a mockup, functional prototype, or landing page for their business to present to potential customers and investors, building a complete financial model to illustrate the business’s projected revenue and profit, and a professional pitch deck ready for review by real investors. Beta Bowl students don’t just learn about business; they build one themselves.

Startup Mentorship: Teens don’t participate in Beta Bowl alone – in addition to their peers going through the program, they get individual attention, feedback, and guidance from experienced Startup Mentors who have built businesses themselves. The Startup Mentors include full-time entrepreneurs, top business school students, and the Beta Bowl founder. Every week these mentors host group and 1-on-1 calls to imbue their expertise and assist on your student’s entrepreneurial journey. Additionally, students on the Gold and Platinum packages get 24-hour email support from their startup mentors, so no matter their question or request for feedback or assignment review, teens have an expert mentor at their fingertips, just a call or an email away. Multiple teens who have gone through the Beta Bowl program have touted the 1-on-1 mentorship as the biggest benefit of the program, and they’ve referred to the individual calls and feedback as “invaluable” and “access to a wealth of knowledge” that leads to both ah-ha moments for their businesses and an augmented learning experience overall.

End-of-Session Startup Competition: Beta Bowl is designed as a 12-week program, with an additional 3 weeks of optional bonus lessons and exercises, and at the end of each session, students on the Gold and Platinum packages participate in the Beta Bowl Pitch Competition. Participants submit their completed pitch deck and optional pitch video or supplementary materials to the competition, and real investors and entrepreneurs review, judge, and offer specific individual feedback and suggestions for each submission. Based on the judge’s feedback among all submissions, at least one participant per session will be awarded the $1500 in prize funding, as well as access to the Beta Bowl staff and our startup and venture capital connections for help launching and expanding the winning business in the future. Whether a teen wants to become an entrepreneur and go full-time with their business or simply hopes to gain a great learning experience and try their hand at entrepreneurship, the pitch competition and investor feedback is a great way for students to realize their hard work and see just how real investors would view their business. Who knows, your teen may come out with a business that becomes or spearheads their future career?

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What You’ll Gain

Financial Literacy: Beta Bowl gets down to the nuts-and-bolts of building a business, and that includes the financial side of things. Students don’t need any prior knowledge coming into the program, but when they leave, they will have a deep understanding of financial projections and building a profitable business on a budget. We teach students the necessary elements of any business, the cost drivers, and their revenue-generating counterparts, and we equip them to put profit at the forefront of their spending. Additionally, we put a great focus on idea validation, concept testing, prototyping, and pre-selling before spending money on tech or manufacturing to ensure that when our students do build businesses in the future, they make sound financial decisions and never “break the bank” before locking in sales. Furthermore, students will come away with an understanding of financial modeling, and they will create a custom financial model that reflects the budget and projections for their Beta Bowl business. These are skills students can use in the real world, whether in a college business class, when planning their own personal investments, or when building a future business.

Business Professionalism and Confidence: Beta Bowl doesn’t just give teens the tools and resources to build a financial model and pitch deck; it also cultivates their professionalism and confidence in their own entrepreneurial abilities along the way. The weekly calls are conducted just like startup meetings with entrepreneurs and investors, and teens are encouraged to present their unique viewpoints when discussing tweaks and changes to their businesses. Teens develop the confidence to voice their opinions, make educated suggestions and informed decisions, and present their findings and business-building progress on each group and individual call, as well as in their pitch deck and optional video. Many participants who have completed the program have developed a deeper passion for entrepreneurship, and with the professionalism and confidence they’ve acquired throughout the program, some have gone on to expand their beta businesses, pursue funding, and plan to make a career out of entrepreneurship.

Innovation Potential: Students come into Beta Bowl from diverse backgrounds, with varying levels of experience, and different business ideas. However, regardless of whether they come into the program with 10 ideas or none, they come out with a proven process for finding, testing, and validating their ideas. In fact, most students end up deciding between two or three ideas and planning to revisit the runner-up ideas in the future, when building another business. Entrepreneurship isn’t just a tangible skill set or a formula for profitability; it’s a way of thinking and a creative, but educated approach to planning, evaluating, and launching a business. That’s exactly what students learn and put into practice, and after going through Beta Bowl and developing the analytical mindset, problem-solving skills, and business acumen we help instill, they come away with the innovation potential to become serial entrepreneurs, building, launching, and growing successful business after business in the future.

OUR VIRTUAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS

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The #1 virtual extracurricular program for motivated teens looking to differentiate themselves with a unique and impressive online entrepreneurial enrichment program!

BETA BOWL - 2-WEEK GROUP PROGRAMS

$397 - 797
  • Go from idea to ready-to-launch business plan! / Self-paced independent online learning experience / Come away with a complete pitch deck, business plan, financial model, Successful Completion Certificate, and unique extracurricular differentiator!

BETA BOWL - PLATINUM ($1997 with Coupon Code)

$2997
  • Get a 1-on-1 Startup Mentor to help you go from idea to beta launch! / Unmatched extracurricular experience and college application differentiator, PLUS a customized letter of recommendation from the program founder and CEO (and serial entrepreneur) / Successful Completion Certificate / Pitch your startup to investors, receive individual feedback, and compete to win $1500!

BETA BOWL - 6-WEEK CONDENSED

$1997
  • Get a 1-on-1 Startup Mentor to help you go from idea to beta launch! / Unmatched extracurricular and college application differentiator / Successful Completion Certificate / Pitch your startup to investors, receive individual feedback, and compete to win $1500!
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F.A.Q

Beta Bowl is an extracurricular program for adolescents ages 13 through 18 who have an interest in startups and entrepreneurship. The program is broken up into ~12 week rolling sessions and you can start any package (Silver, Gold, or Platinum) at any time, during which participating teens will have the hands-on experience of taking an idea from inception to minimum viable product, ready to launch (and launch it in beta), as well as complete an investor pitch deck and learn every aspect of building, marketing, and pitching a business. 

Beta Bowl is both an educational experience and a real-world introduction to building a business. The program covers everything from marketing to branding to business models and startup finance. Participants will be guided through every step of turning their idea into a reality on weekly group calls (Silver) and by their 1-on-1 startup mentor (Gold and Platinum), with whom they will have weekly working calls. Startup mentors will provide strategic advice, as well as technical alternatives and easy-to-implement resources to enable participants to bring their ideas to life, regardless of the idea’s niche or industry. (no additional expenses required)

P.S. Students don’t need an idea or product coming into Beta Bowl – they will be coached and given the tools and resources to prepare a sound business idea, service, or product and bring it to fruition. (Idea exploration and validation are a part of week 1 of the Beta Bowl curriculum)

Beta Bowl is founded and run by current entrepreneurs and investors who have real-life experience, building, scaling, and selling companies.

All Beta Bowl participants will receive a Successful Completion Certificate and will come away with a full portfolio of their business-building projects, all of which can be a great addition to a resume and college application. Platinum participants will also receive a custom letter of recommendation from the Beta Bowl founder and CEO, specific to their journey throughout the program, which can be a huge asset and differentiator in their college applications.

Each Beta Bowl session with culminate in a startup competition, in which all Gold and Platinum session participants will submit their pitch deck (and optionally a pitch video) to be evaluated by the startup judges for review, feedback, and possibly funding. The startup judges are qualified investors and successful entrepreneurs, and they will assess ideas based on soundness of the business plan, profitability of the financial model, actual progress to date (i.e. beta launch traction and feedback from target customers) in selecting a winner. The annual competition winner will be awarded $1500. (Based on volume of participants and the quality of pitches received, additional prize funding may be awarded to second and third place winners, as well.)

No! Every participant in Beta Bowl will be coached and guided every step of the way and given all the necessary tools and resources to turn their idea into a viable business and launch it! There is no advanced math involved, and the simple startup math included in the financial model will be thoroughly explained to all participants. All calculations will be handled in excel. There is also no need for participants to have any advanced technical or coding skills. If they do, that’s fine and they can use those in their startup if they choose, but participants will have just as good a chance of success in startups and in Beta Bowl lacking that knowledge.

Success in entrepreneurship is really not about IQ or any specific skill-set taught in schools (like math or science), though those skills CAN influence bright and ambitious entrepreneurs and help them on their journey to success.

Yes! You can participate as many times as you want! That said, you will be given all the tools and resources, as well as 1-on-1 mentorship, to take your idea to launch each time. If you are a repeat participant with the same idea, we can provide you a customized “advanced” curriculum for you.

Yes – here’s how these calls work: After submitting their intake form, Gold and Platinum participants will be matched up with a startup mentor and given a milestone tracker (along with their other intake materials). Each week, the students will have calls with their mentor (via phone, Zoom video chat, or Skype video) that will move participants forward in turning their idea into an MVP – some weeks will focus on market research, the financial model, the marketing strategy, the pitch deck, etc. The calls, along with the milestone tracker, keep all participants on track so they come away with their completed MVP, financial model, marketing plan, pitch deck, and are prepared for the end-of-session startup competition.

If a participant wants his or her parents to sit in on the calls (OR if a parent wants to be present for the calls), that is completely fine. If a parent wants to be more involved in their teen’s startup, that’s great, but throughout the Beta Bowl session, we will be sure to equip all participants (the teens) to build and launch their own business. That’s the goal. 🙂

The startup mentors assigned to each Beta Bowl enrollee (or team) are full-time entrepreneurs and/or top business school performers at esteemed universities. Some of our mentors have backgrounds in finance, some have come from accelerators, and some have transitioned from entrepreneur to investor/advisor.

A note to parents (and students): We vet every startup mentor for their academic acuity and personal integrity – mentors include entrepreneurs and current top performers at esteemed business schools. Additionally, Beta Bowl student participants have opportunities to give feedback along the way to ensure they’re getting the positive learning experience and value add from their weekly mentor sessions.
*Select participants will be mentored by Rachel Greenberg, the Beta Bowl founder & CEO, based on her availability at the student’s time of enrollment.

What if I want to guarantee Rachel as my student’s mentor or get a higher level of ongoing support?
Please send an email to info@beta-bowl.com with the subject line “CONCIERGE” to inquire about options and pricing for concierge mentoring with Rachel Greenberg. We are able to customize the program to best meet you and your teen’s needs and requests.

Participants can sign up solo or with friends as a “team” if they’d like to build one startup together (in which case the weekly calls can be group calls with all team members). You will each enroll individually, but in your application (which you will receive just after enrolling), you will be asked to select “Solo” or “Team” participant, and if you select “Team” will indicate the name and email address of your friend(s) who you would like to work with. Teams of any size can be accommodated, but most successful startups began with founding teams of 5 or fewer members.

As a Beta Bowl enrollee, you will be given all the tools you need to build and launch your MVP. That said, there are always multiple options (paid and unpaid) when it comes to getting a product or website built. IF you choose to spend additional money on bringing your idea to life, that is completely fine and up to you, BUT your startup mentor will always give you FREE alternative tools and resources you can use to accomplish the goals of the program and take your idea from zero to pitch-ready (and market ready).

The only tools students need access to include:

  • A computer with internet (to access video lessons and collaborate)
  • Excel or Numbers (to access and complete the financial model tasks)
  • PPT, Keynote, or similar presentation editing program (pitch deck tasks)
  • Email (and optionally phone OR computer audio chat) for weekly startup mentor calls and to receive Beta Bowl communications
Beta Bowl is for adolescents ages 13 through 18. The program is geared towards motivated and gifted adolescents and teens who are driven, ambitious, and have an interest in business, startups, or at the least watching Shark Tank 🙂 (or for those who simply want an impressive and unique extracurricular opportunity to stand out from the crowd in the competitive college application process)
*If you are interested in registering a gifted younger student (between 11 and 12), please reach out via email to info@beta-bowl.com and we can accept and accommodate them on a case-by-case basis.
At the end of each Beta Bowl session, there will be a startup pitch competition, where each Gold and Platinum participant (or team) will send in their pitch deck (and optionally a video pitch), explaining their idea, business model, and current progress/traction to a group of pitch judges (seed and angel investors and successful entrepreneurs). These judges will evaluate that session’s entries and will award $1500 to the winning startup, as well as individual feedback and suggestions to every participant on taking their startup to the next level!
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