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This post written by the Startup Weekend EDU NYC Teens organizing team:

The globally recognized Startup Weekend is hosting the first-ever Startup Weekend EDU (SWEDU) Teens Track in NYC January 31-February 2. The goal of SWEDU Teens Track is to engage high school students in a hands-on startup experience and build their knowledge of entrepreneurship through live pitches, design sessions, mentor hours, and collaboration with like-minded students.

The focus of this weekend will be on ideas related to improving education. As consumers of education, teens are expertly equipped to define key problems in current teaching and learning, and to build the tools and school models that enable students to be better learners. We are seeking high school students with an interest in challenging assumptions about traditional education and who are eager to develop new education technology products and new school models to join us for this exciting weekend.


The SWEDU Teen Track kicks off on Friday evening with user-research experts from the Design Gym who will lead participants through a “Idea Explosion Workshop.” Students will discover develop their new ideas for education into 60-second pitches.

On Saturday morning, students will give their 60-second pitch for a new edtech product or school model to all event attendees. From there, teens will form teams based on the best pitches and spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on user research, customer validation, building prototypes, and developing their ideas together. Each team will be supported by a dedicated coach to help them reach their goal of creating an engaging final presentation that includes a business model and prototype.

The weekend will culminate with teams presenting their final products or school models to a panel of expert judges. Teams will experience what it’s like to pitch an idea or product and receive valuable feedback from the judges.

SWEDU Teens track is tailored to young entrepreneurs, and we’re excited to work with great partners, like NFTE, NYU Steinhardt, Design Gym and others to bring the event to life. Location: NYU Steinhardt, 2 Metrotech, 8th Floor Brooklyn, NY.

High school students interested in participating should submit the completed application forms (1. Parent / Guardian Notification & Consent form 2. Media Consent form)  to nycedu@startupweekend.org by Friday (1/24). Please note: Sign-ups will be confirmed on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Join us as we share ideas, form teams, and build products and new school models, at the first-ever SWEDU Teen Track event!

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Adult Professionals, if you are interested in participating as Coaches or Mentors for the SWEDU Teens Track, please fill out this interest form and/or contact nycedu@startupweekend.org for more information.

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John Baldo