EXPLO Focus Programs
EXPLO Startup
Ages 13 – 15

A 2-week summer program for students entering grades 8 - 10 focusing on startup entrepreneurship

Think your idea will be the next Instagram or Twitter? Ever wonder why the world is full of great ideas, but few turn into successful businesses? Come to Explo Startup — and get ready to start building your dream.

On the final two days of the program, a CNBC film crew shadowed Explo Startup students as they prepared their final pitches for a panel of judges at MassChallenge. Check out the feature below:

EXPLO Startup on CNBC


Explo Startup is partnering with startup industry leaders such as MassChallenge, LevelUp, TechStars, and Forrester Research to give you access to some of the most innovative and creative entrepreneurs, business minds, and venture capitalists in Boston, and the world! 

EXPLO Startup Partnerships

Launch Your Dream Startup
Launching a new business is one of the most challenging things you will ever do. At Explo Startup, we’ll give you the tools you need to get your ideas up and running — from preparing a pitch and landing seed money to defining your business model and building a functioning business organization. Together, we'll get you on track to start changing the world.

Tango With The Big Shots
Get ready to dance, because at Explo Startup, you'll be tossing ideas around with some of the most creative (and successful) minds in the business. Pitch your plans to an angel investor, tour operations at successful business incubators, discuss your competitor analysis with startup CEOs. As you network with serial entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, you'll get real-world advice on what's needed to land funding, how to handle upstart staffing, and what to strive for in building a successful organizational culture.

Program Highlights

  • Think Big. Already have a great idea? Need some inspiration? You’ll work with your teammates, teachers, and the experts in a collaborative think-tank environment to make big ideas happen.
  • Hit the Road. Tour the headquarters of industry leaders in the nearby innovation hub of Cambridge. Meet the professionals. Work with the experts on mock product and marketing campaign designs. See yourself doing work in your future work environment.
  • Sell, sell, sell. Learn how to sell your idea, sell your product, and sell your success. Develop slogans and logos, test the market at Explo, and determine the best way to get your ideas up and running.
  • Connect. From building your team, to working with the pros, to chatting with professionals at a private reception - you will gain friendships for now and connections for the future.
  • Pitch your plan. You and your team will have a chance to use your newfound skills and strategies to make a practice pitch to the professional judges’ panel of the global startup competition MassChallenge.
  • Finish Strong. Leave with a business plan - plus the skills and confidence - to make YOUR ideas the ones that stand out and reach the top.

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