Overview

This hands-on course at UMass Amherst will guide students to see that entrepreneurship is everywhere and for everyone.

Pre-college programs at UMass combine all the major elements of college, including great academics, living in a residence hall, and eating in our award-winning dining commons. Of course, it takes a little help to adjust to life on a college campus, so we have great live-in program assistants who are specially trained to help you get used to a new environment, both geographic and social. We have lots of great events in the evenings and on weekends that help you connect with other pre-college students.

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Students will be given frameworks to think about creating something new that solves a problem in the world, such as a product, a business, a nonprofit, or any new kind of organization. Working in teams, students will then be given access to resources to begin implementing their ideas. We will cover all stages of the entrepreneurial process, from gathering intel in the “real world” to pitching ideas and working with mentors to finding sources of funding. A visit to the UMass 3D printing lab and field trips to local incubators and accelerators such as Valley Venture Mentors and TechSpring in Springfield, MA are included. Graduation from this course will be a demonstration of each team's solution to fellow summer program students and UMass Entrepreneurship mentors.

Birton Cowden, Associate Director, Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship

Cost and Session Information

Dates: July 7-20, 2019

Two-Week Intensives (with two academic credits): $3,052

Program fees include tuition, housing, a full meal plan, co-curricular activities, and a one-time registration fee. All students receive a UMass student ID card (UCard) as well as access to the campus Recreation Center.

Students living in or near Amherst, MA may apply to attend as commuter students. Commuter students must have their own transportation to and from campus.

2-Week Commuter Fees: $1,998

For information about the scholarships, please visit 

http://www.umass.edu/summer/pre-college-fees

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