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Barnard Program Expands Entrepreneurship Activities for Pre-College Girls

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Barnard College launches 10-day residential Entrepreneurship Program for pre-college students. A Barnard parent discusses the new pre-college bootcamp on Women 2.0.

By Adam Quinton (Barnard Dad ‘13 & Angel Investor)

Being based in New York City it is no surprise that Barnard College, the most sought-after liberal arts college for women (full disclosure: my daughter is a very happy student there), sees its home city as the global capital for women entrepreneurs!

Barnard has been expanding the activities of its Athena Center for Leadership Studies since it launched four years ago with the goal of codifying and advancing women’s leadership around the world. In the latest in a series of entrepreneurial-focused initiatives led by Athena’s resident serial entrepreneur, Nathalie Molina Niño, starting this summer, budding young women entrepreneurs will learn how to launch their own startup. The ten-day residential program aims to take students through the development of an idea and turn it into a promising plan of action with hands-on teaching by some of the most successful leaders in the industry.

“We designed this program, with the help of some wonderful educators, because the startup world has a lot of serious work to do in becoming a welcoming place for women, and I believe entrepreneurs make the best revolutionaries,” says Molina Niño.

With that in mind, students will work as a team as they are guided through the development of their own ventures and will build public speaking skills with the help of world-class storytellers well known for performances from NPR’s The Moth to Tony award winning Broadway shows.

Courses for this program range from developing a business idea to getting funded and include classes, workshops and three site visits, including Gilt Group and General Assembly. This full-immersion experience will end with each team pitching to an audience of mentors, staff, judges, and fellow students – resulting in an awards ceremony for “Most Compelling Pitch” and more. Instructors for these courses range from seasoned serial entrepreneurs and leaders in the startup world to venture capitalists and angels with experience mentoring and incubating the ideas of promising young entrepreneurs.

The program starts Monday, July 8 and closes Tuesday, July 16 with the presentation and award ceremony… I look forward to being one of the judges!

Any rising high school juniors or seniors curious about entrepreneurship should apply here. Need-based scholarships are also available.

About the guest blogger: Adam Quinton is a Managing Director at Golden Seeds and a Founding Angel at Astia Angel. He is an active investor in and advisor to early stage companies, and also a Mentor for 37 Angels, the Women Innovate Mobile accelerator program and an Advisor at Topstone Angels. Adam is a first round pitch judge for both Women2.0 PITCH SF and PITCH NYC Startup Competitions. He is the Series A Board member at Thrive Metrics. Follow him on Twitter at @adamquinton.

Women 2.0 readers: How are you breeding entrepreneurship and leadership in pre-college girls?