2. The Global Startup Challenge is a first-of-its-kind
business and entrepreneurship program designed
specifically for high school students from around the
world. Our primary objective is to increase analytical
aptitude by using entrepreneurship as a vehicle, but
most importantly we want you to
4. Global Startup Challenge Program
Schedule Overview: Program Highlights:
Value Proposition Workshop
Day 1: All-inclusive program includes
transportation to airport,
Entrepreneur Mentors, 3 meals per
day, accommodation in college dorms,
guest speakers, and offsite visits.
Discover your host city by participating
in a city-wide photo-scavenger hunt!
Create lasting relationships with our
incredible team of entrepreneur
mentors, all of whom have started at
least one business.
Compete with students from around
the United States and the World!
Customer Segments & Relationships Workshop
Channels and Revenue Streams Workshop
Web Development Workshop
Key Activities, Resources, and Partnerships
Student Business Expo
Cost Structure Workshop
Budgeting and Finance Workshop
Final Presentations and Award Banquet
(open to parents and community)
Additional Benefits for International Students
Exposure to students from around the world allows for
first hand cross-cultural interaction
Many schools use the Global Startup Challenge as a CAS
Project for the IB Diploma Program
Give students exposure to the great universities in
Boston and Cambridge, including Harvard and MIT
Stay extra days in Boston and explore the city’s rich
history and importance in US history
5. Boston Lodging Information
July 10-15 Boston, MA Boston University
1019 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Sample Daily Schedule
Report Time and Breakfast
Daily Team Presentations
Business Model Workshop Series
Lunch Offsite and Boston Photo-Scavenger Hunt
Skills & Systems Workshop Series
Idea Lab with Team Mentors
Nightly Roundtables and Team Work Time
Recap with Mentors and Free Time in Dorms
Offsite Visits and Guest Speakers
The GSC stresses real work education. For that reason, we visit active businesses and startups throughout all of
our programs. We also bring entrepreneurs, investors, and professional mentors into our workshops to bring a
real world element to everything that we do.
6. Educational Process
Gain exposure to important business concepts and learn
about the building blocks of any new venture. Each morn-
ing, work with your team to discuss business cases, take
part in business challenges, and consult with founders from
Afternoons are spent developing critical skills that every
founder needs: presentation skills, audience building, proto-
typing, web development, and budgeting and finance.
All teams that complete the Global Startup Challenge must
build a prototype. Work with our mentors to build your
product, design your mobile app, or map out your web ser-
vice. Students will be given a number of digital and physical
resources to construct a first version prototype with which
to speak to potential customers and conduct market re-
Students will refine and update their product and business
model throughout the week. How do you find the perfect
target audience? What features do your early adopters
crave? What price should you sell your product for? The best
way to answer these questions is to conduct business experi-
ments in the real world!
Teams will be presenting their daily progress to the entire
class and our panel of mentors for valuable feedback. Every
student will hone their presentation and public speaking
skills over the course of the GSC. On the last day, teams will
give their final presentations to parents, friends, mentors,
investors, and the community.
3+ 16 400+
Years Developing and
Testing our Curriculum
Countries from where our
students, teachers, and
Students with whom we’ve
Schools and Students Include:
St. Andrew’s Scots School (Buenos Aires, Argentina) American School Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) British School
of Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Beijing BISS International School (Beijing, China) Fortune Education
Center (Tianjin, China) International School of Manila (Manila, Philippines) Oakridge International School
(Hyderabad, India) Indus International School (Hyderabad, India) International School of Brussels (Brussels,
Belgium) St. Christopher’s School (Manama, Bahrain)
7. Tuition and Costs for the Global Startup Challenge
The cost of tuition will vary for schools depending on the number of students on your team:
1-5 Students: $1,900 per student
6-10 Students: $1,750 per student (13% savings per student)
11-20 Students: $1,500 per student (21% savings per student)
We encourage schools to spend extra time exploring the incredible city of Boston! We can help to
accommodate requests to spend as much as 10 days prior and 10 days after the GSC program.
Lodging and Meal Expenses
The YEC will gladly cover the cost of 1 teacher per 10 students. Schools may bring additional staff at
the cost $800 per teacher for the GSC program. Schools bringing less than 10 students will have
the rate pro-rated.
In addition, schools bringing 10 or more students will have the airfare of one teacher paid for by
the GSC, up to $1,900USD. Price of airfare can either be deducted from the school invoice or a
check can be issued upon arrival.
Truly Global Exposure
The Global Startup Challenge gives our
students the chance to work with peers from
around the world. Over the past three years,
we’ve attracted students from over 15
Step One: Register and Get Discounts
Schools from around the world are encouraged to attend the
GSC with a team to compete for the Whiteboard Youth
Venture School Award. Schools that bring 6 or more students
receive a discounted tuition rate and schools that register 10
or more students will be have the airfare expense for one
teacher paid for by the program.
Step Two: Add Extra Days
We encourage schools to spend extra time exploring the
incredible city of Boston! We can help to accommodate
requests to spend as much as 10 days prior and 10 day after
8. Andrew is excited to join the Whiteboard team and lend his years of startup
experience to the next generation. After attending a small liberal arts college, Andrew
spent two years at Microsoft before diving into the world of entrepreneurship. Over
the next three years, Andrew held marketing and business development positions in
several startups before helping to launch benja, where he currently serves as CEO.
Andrew holds a Masters of Science in Finance from Harvard.
Frank is the founder of College Apprentice and the program director of the All-
American Model United Nations programs. He graduated from Boston University in
2010, with degrees in business and international relations. Frank serves as the
Managing Director for all Whiteboard programs. In addition to his education
company, Frank is also launching a new mobile touring company called FollowAlong
and mentors student ventures at BU.
Greg is the founder and CEO of PartsTech, a data aggregation platform that
streamlines the location, evaluation, and order processes for wholesale automotive
parts transactions for technicians and do it yourself mechanics. Greg attended Boston
University and holds an MBA and JD from the University of Connecticut. Greg mentors
student ventures at the University of Connecticut.
Jeff has over 30 years of experience working in finance and analytics since his
graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School. He
currently works as a part time COO/CFO for small and medium sized businesses. Jeff is
always excited to be a guest speaker and resident finance expert for students.
Eric grew up in Massachusetts, attended St. John's Prep and then Babson College, where
he concentrated in Finance, Accounting, and Economics. Eric worked in finance and
accounting for almost ten years before founding Beyond Your Hammock, a financial
advisory firm, in 2013. Eric mentors each summer and always look forward to working
with motivated students.
9. OnTrack provides young families with valuable time together while promoting an
active and healthy lifestyle. Capitalizing on the success of extreme fitness challenges,
OnTrack hosts a series of outdoor and indoor obstacle courses designed specifically
for families with children under the age of ten.
GreenBox creates masterful gardening boxes for the city apartment-dweller. When
you order your GreenBox, you can select from a range of vegetables and herbs to
grow in your own apartment-- a farm to table solution right under your roof.
GreenBoxes are made of reclaimed wood and can be customized by their owners.
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time getting to the waves. A small and portable motor simply attaches to the bottom
of your board and by holding a button your surf board does the work for you.
Global Scholar's web platform connects high school and secondary school students
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Utilizing mobile devices, Swipe members receive exclusive invitations to events, bars,
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States, Swipe members can easily meet new people and explore their new city.