Teen Entrepreneur Academy (TEA)
"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Mission Statement: Teen Entrepreneur Academy
The purpose of the Teen Entrepreneur Academy is to educate, train and empower the next generation of honorable entrepreneurs (TeenPreneurs) so that they become difference-makers who lead productive, fruitful and purposeful enterprises and experience meaningful lives of integrity, serving others and making the world a better place.
It's Never Too Early - Teenagers Starting Businesses
Established in 2011, the Teen Entrepreneur Academy (TEA) is a hands-on, learn-by-doing, one-week residential business entrepreneurship start-up summer camp for high school students. It is held annually in July at Concordia University in Irvine, California, USA. If you have a child in grades 5-8, then please visit the Kid Entrepreneur Academy web page. TEA teaches high school students real-world entrepreneurship, best business practices, principles of free enterprise and "how to" start and launch their own business. Teenagers (TeenPreneurs), working in groups of 3-to-4, work as entrepreneurs by preparing start-up business plans for their own real businesses. The team with the best start-up business plan wins $1,500 in the entrepreneurship business plan competition sponsored by Citi and held the last day of the summer camp academy. For pre-high school students (grades 5-8), we offer the Kid Entrepreneur Academy. Click here for information
Preparing Future Business Leaders: One-week Residential Business Summer Camp Academy for High School Students.
The challenges facing high school students and our world grow more complex every day. Our world needs fresh ideas, innovative solutions and visionary leaders who can make them happen. These leaders are entrepreneurs. America's future is dependent upon the next generation of entrepreneurs, young people with new ideas and big dreams and the tools and training necessary to realize them.
"Steve, you put on a great program. I feel much better about the next generation if what I saw yesterday is an example. Your investment in the future is wonderful and I am proud that Concordia is thinking of the future when you put such programs together. Kudos to you!"
- Frank Singer, Business Plan Competition Judge, Founder, Tech Coast Angels
This hands-on training is available at a summer business academy at Concordia University through our innovative Teen Entrepreneur Academy (TEA). It's never too early to teach young people the basic principles of business and entrepreneurship. TEA provides high school students with real-world business training that helps teenagers become leaders with ethics and integrity. In one-week, TEA will teach the principles and practices of entrepreneurship and how to start their own business.
|Topics Covered: Principles of Entrepreneurship
|Clarifying Your Idea
||Taking Calculated Risks
||Cash Flow & Projections
|Business Model Development
|Channels of Distribution
|Building a Team
||Business Launch Strategies
|Outline a Business Plan
||Raising Investment Capital
|Business Plan Competition
Students learn how to realize the business ideas or the passion in their hearts for business. Concordia's school of business dean and entrepreneur catalyst, Stephen Christensen, along with other business faculty and successful business leaders and entrepreneurs provide training. Student teams will write business plans and learn best business practices and strategies for starting a business. TEA is limited to 100 high school students. Investment is $1,250 (financial assistance available for low-income families) for United States citizen students and $1,850 for International students (US dollars) for living on campus for one week including room, board, books, field trips and classes. Register Now. Questions, call 949-214-3198 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concordia University is located in the beautiful and modern City of Irvine, California inside of an exclusive private residential community surrounded by million dollar homes, on a spectacular 70-acre hillside overlooking the surrounding cities. The master-planned City has been rated as the safest city in America. Read more about the City of Irvine Click Here.
“It’s delightful as a parent to see that my daughter Katherine felt the TEA week on campus was “life-changing” (her own words). Not only has she learned so much from the program, but also met many caring, supportive staff/mentor and friends. It made the experience exceptionally rewarding.”
Parent Kristine W.
Teen Entrepreneur Academy Founder Nominated for Prestigious "Excellence in Entrepreneurship" Award
Stephen Christensen, founder of the TEA summer program, was one of the nominees for the prestigious “Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award,” in March 2013 and 2014. Read More.