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.

Check out the past youth entrepreneurship events!


Join CO.STARTERS Generator this fall!

Explore your passions through generating, testing, and launching ideas to move your ideas into action.

Next generation Of Work (NOW)

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) partners with District C to provide real-world learning experiences for high school students and innovative solutions for participating businesses.

Next generation Of Work (NOW) is built to help the next generation of talent get better at collective problem solving. You will be in a squad of three to four diverse students that will work together to solve a real problem for a real business. You will work with a team of peers to design and propose a solution that you will pitch to your business partner at a public Pitch Event. Throughout the experience, you and your team will be coached by NOW mentors. In short, this experience is designed to help you develop the mindsets and tools needed for the future of work.

The program is accepting student applications for the Fall NOW cohort through September 17th for current sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Interested in leading Next generation Of Work (NOW)?

Apply for the District C Coaching Institute!

Become a District C Certified Coach to facilitate the Teamship program in your classroom.

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