Whiteboard Youth Ventures alumnus Adam Lorenz-Kruk, currently in his freshman year at the Eisenberg School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the founder of Kickback Pants and has been accepted into the Whiteboard Launch Program. Kickback Pants...read more
This post was last updated on January 21, 2016. We will update this article whenever we are able to confirm new speakers or coaches for Founder's Academy. Over the course of four weeks, students accepted into Founder's Academy have the unique opportunity to learn from...read more
Overview Over the past three years, Whiteboard Youth Ventures has doubled in size each year since its founding as a single, 1-week summer program. Its programs now include the flagship Young Entrepreneur Challenge (1-week summer), Founder's Academy (4-week summer),...read more
Advice is ubiquitous and overwhelming for entrepreneurs, but still we are frequently asked to lend our experience working with student entrepreneurs. Rather than write a diatribe on the subject, we’ve decided to instead combine our insights into 30 compact, and...read more
"Passion" is the most overrated attribute to look for in an entrepreneur. Phew, it feels good to finally say that out loud. I am tired of hearing about passion being the reason certain people and companies succeed while others fail. Passion has very little to do with...read more
There are a lot of metaphors in the startup world. They act as a visual and tacit aid for understanding difficult concepts that otherwise would be very hard to grasp. The latest metaphor that I've started to use is "pushing your idea off a cliff." After you do, one of...read more
Whiteboard Programs are revenue-first. We emphasis sales as the basis for business and do not over-emphasis fund raising or pitch decks. We work with students to identify opportunities to turn into commercial success.
Young Entrepreneur Challenge
The Young Entrepreneur Challenge is a one week intensive boot-camp and competition designed to develop startup skills such as presentation, market validation, and budgeting. The YEC takes place multiple times a year around the world, but our flagship location is in Boston, MA, where students from around the world come each July. Students who complete the YEC have a much better chance of being accepted into the Whiteboard Incubator.
The Whiteboard Incubator is the first no-equity, no-tuition startup incubation program designed specifically for businesses owned and operated by high school students. The Incubator is a highly competitive program with no set acceptances. Some years will have multiple companies selected, some years may not have any. Accepted companies will be given office space, legal advice, marketing and sales guidance, and web development. The Incubator runs for six-weeks in Cambridge, MA.