Youth Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Our Youth Entrepreneurship & Innovation program, developed in partnership with Longwood University and made possible by GO Virginia Region 3, prepares Southern Virginia’s next generation of leaders and thinkers to have an entrepreneurial mindset – critical skills to have whether they choose to start their own venture or pursue employment with an existing business. 

Our vision for this program is to have three components: an annual kickoff event, out-of-school curriculum delivered after school and during summer break, and in-school curriculum integrated into the classroom.

Kickoff Event!

For 2021, the kickoff event will be held virtually, on Wednesday, May 5, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. This free event is open to all 8th-12th graders in Southern Virginia.

Students will be able to:

  • Explore ways to start your own business or social impact venture
  • Meet entrepreneurs
  • Give input on future events and camps


Note: For students who are under 16 years old, our policy is that a parent or guardian must register the student.

Kickoff Event FAQs for Teachers and Parents

This event will help your students understand the entrepreneurial mindset and explore entrepreneurship as a possible career pathway. 

The entrepreneurship mindset is all about problem-solving. As a mindset, it’s applicable to all professions/occupations, whether the student chooses to work for an employer or start their own business. 

Students will be introduced to resources that can help them learn more about entrepreneurship, such as future camps and classes. Students will also have the opportunity to give input on how these future offerings are developed.

This event will also provide students with the opportunity to meet business owners in the region,  which could lead to internships and future employment.

This event is Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 3:30-5:30pm. The event will be recorded if a student cannot attend the live event. If a student needs to come late or leave early, that is ok!

This event will be hosted live on Google Meet. The event will be recorded so it can be viewed again later on. The live event will alternate between whole group and small group sessions, and will give students the opportunity to interact with speakers and each other for an engaging learning experience.

Yes! If you want to host a watch party, you could talk to talk to your school administration to see what spaces are available. For example, one school plans to host a watch party in their library.

This event is geared toward ALL 8th-12th grade students who are exploring future career options. Just to give a few examples, the ideal participant might be a… 

  • Computer science student interested in developing a mobile app
  • Cosmetology student interested in opening their own salon or creating their own beauty product 
  • Culinary student interested in opening a single location restaurant or franchising 
  • HVAC student interested in being a contractor
  • Auto mechanic student looking to start a local shop
  • Service oriented student looking to solve a community problem or launch a non-profit

Future Opportunities

Please watch this website and follow us on social media for additional announcements and opportunities for Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Program Partners

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Longwood University