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Update on our Fall 2019 Beta Bowl Pitch Competition Winners: After winning Beta Bowl with their PetConnect business, Arun, Varun, and Srihari submitted their Beta Bowl pitch deck to a subsequent competition…and they were just announced as finalists in the University of Houston Think Tank 2020 Business Plan Competition, where they’ll be competing with their Beta Bowl business!

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 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’s Summer Entrepreneurship Program 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 day these mentors host group calls to imbue their expertise and assist on your student’s entrepreneurial journey. Additionally, students  get 24-hour email and text 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 weekly 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.

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 daily 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.

For the first time ever, we’re bringing the skill that colleges value most right into teens’ living rooms. Even college professors are raving about this program, and it’s guaranteed to give students a leg up in many ways…college applications are just one.

“I don’t know a parent who wouldn’t jump on this for their kid” – Jim Kitchen, a College Business School Professor, Father, Entrepreneur, and Angel Investor

Beta Bowl is NOT your average extracurricular. This program is REAL-WORLD enrichment that teaches teens to understand, evaluate, and build businesses! From analytical thinking to financial modeling, the teens are getting a SOLID business education and highly desirable skill set in these 12 weeks.

“As an entrepreneur who graduated with a business degree, I wish I had been lucky enough to participate in a program like Beta Bowl, which would have given me a real leg up on starting my first business. Kids need this, and the earlier they learn entrepreneurial skills, the better.”
– Vikram S., Founder & CEO at PT Wired

“My mom [Former Vice Chancellor of a Top Public University] would 100% have wanted me to do that. I mean, she’d pay more for something like Beta Bowl than for an SAT tutor or college prep counselor.”
– Alex M., College Sophomore

“As an athletic coach and a dad, I know how important getting into the right college is. I also know just how valuable business and entrepreneurship skills are to our kids’ futures and careers. I’d recommend Beta Bowl to any and all parents out there. “
– Ron U., Father and Former Baseball Coach

“I did a similar program the summer prior to Beta Bowl, and the biggest difference with Beta Bowl is that we get so much more 1-on-1 help on the calls. Also, the college recommendation letter aspect is really cool – the fact that it’s personalized to each student’s journey is a big plus. Parents don’t always realize how important recommendation letters are, but had I known the letters would be customized like that and would highlight my strengths and progress throughout Beta Bowl, I would’ve definitely taken advantage of this opportunity.
– Raina J., High School Junior and Beta Bowl Student

“The calls are really helpful, especially the 1-on-1 guidance. The group calls are also helpful to get feedback from other peers. I was looking for a program like this, and some of the comparable ones were $8k or more, so Beta Bowl was a no-brainer. “
– Zaid A., High School Sophomore and Beta Bowl Student

“I’m going into music production, but I know a ton of business students who would have LOVED to do that. Also, getting into college is super competitive these days, so I think for the recommendation alone, it would be worth it.”
– Natalie S., College Senior

My ears perked up when I heard the college recommendation. I have a daughter who’s a junior in high school, and that’s all we’re worrying about now. I paid over $10k just to have her go to a summer program for acting so she can get a recommendation from the acting coach. I would have EASILY paid $3k or more for Beta Bowl and the college recommendation letter for her.
– Jim K., Professor of Entrepreneurship, Father, Entrepreneur, and Angel Investor

“This is the type of program that kids need before they go to college. Not only for the college recommendation – sure, that’s a cherry on top, but also building a real business. These are skills kids don’t get in school.
– Tina M., Mother of two and Registered Nurse

“I’m not a business major, but the program sounds really cool, and the college recommendation letter alone would get me. We already spend so much time between extracurriculars and applying to scholarshipswhy not do a program that gets us both and a recommendation letter? Can I do it even though I’m in college now?”
– Talya G., College Freshman