Youth Entrepreneurship Program

The Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) is geared towards junior and senior high school students interested in learning more about entrepreneurship as a post-graduation career path. The six-week program is designed to help the students explore their talents and the current market needs to create a viable business model. YEP includes a variety of workshops and events on business topics like creating a business model, pitch decks, real-world entrepreneur meet & greets, and one-on-one advising sessions to refine the participants’ business ideas and presentations.

Students will have an opportunity to present their concept to some of San Antonio’s most influential entrepreneurs as well as the public in a special closing ceremony celebrating their completion of the program. This event is followed by media interviews to highlight the students.


Program schedule:

YEP is offered to High Scholl students in the San Antonio area; the students will meet twice a week (Tuesday’s and Thursday’s) for six weeks in the evening from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm CST.


All sessions will be held VIRTUALLY.

Who should apply?

Junior and Senior High school students interested in learning more about entrepreneurship as a post-graduation career path. The program is limited to 15- 25 students.


Key takeaways:

  • Learn how to set up and use the Program Tools
  • Learn to narrow down ideas
  • Understand Business Concept selection
  • Explore entrepreneurship
  • Learn how to do proper research and test for viability
  • Understand the Business Model Canvas tool to define a business
  • Create and perform the Perfect Pitch

Program tools utilized:

  • Design Thinking
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Google Docs
  • Google classroom
  • Prezi
  • Financial tools
  • Business plan

Program fees:

Program fees will be waived for the 2021 cohort.

Application deadline:

Application and fees must be submitted no later than Midnight September 24th

Hosting Partners and contact info:

The LiftFund Women’s Business Center partners with schools and San Antonio community organizations to provide the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) to the students. If you or your organization is interested in the Youth Entrepreneurship Program and have any questions, please contact Carlos Acosta, Business Advisor, via email at or via phone at (210) 802-4955.

Join our movement to empower students to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and gain valuable skills.