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Startup Academy

Two-Week Academy | Ages 14-18

Startup Academy

Two-Week Academy | Ages 14-18

Create and Launch Your Own Business

Take a deep dive into the entrepreneurial process from scratch to a business plan over two weeks of learning using the most successful tools, methodologies, and case studies. Each week concludes with a pitch session where your business idea is showcased to the class, staff, and parents.

Week 1, Intro to Entrepreneurship and Business Ideation: The course begins with basic principles of how to come up with a business idea, concepts of design thinking, and business modeling, including case studies from successful global startups. Students learn how to work as a team to create meaningful social and economic value, how to conduct market research, how to prototype a product or a service, and how to test the market fit. Finally, students present each of their business ideas during a pitch session.

Week 2, Launch and Scale up your Business: During the second week, students learn about management and execution and also fundamentals how to scale up their businesses. Students will learn fundraising strategies and how to present their business to investors. Students will use the tools and methodologies used by successful entrepreneurs.

Join Digital Media Academy and start your entrepreneurial evolution!

Register today and receive up to 12 months of Adobe Creative Cloud ($600 Value).

Get the lowest price guaranteed by registering today! Prices will increase on March 15, 2020.  

Staff Ratio: 12:1
Hardware + Software: Apple Computers, Google Suite for Education and more.

Ages: 14-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Staff Ratio: 12:1
Hardware + Software: Apple Computers, Google Suite for Education and more.

Ages: 14-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and impactful educational experience through industry designed academies.

What Students Learn

  • How Entrepreneurship is changing the global business landscape
  • How to identify technology trends that could be applied in any new business
  • Learn how to mitigate the top reasons for a startup fail
  • Create, identify, and evaluate new business opportunities
  • Identify customer needs and competitors
  • Prototype a successful product, service or experience
  • Design an initial business plan and a go to market strategy
  • Create a scale up strategy identifying new market opportunities
  • Understand how to fundraising a new business and the venture capital investment process
  • Create a pitch deck to present your business idea

What Students Create

  • A Business Idea
  • A Business Model
  • A Revenue Model
  • Prototype of a Product or Service
  • Business Plan
  • Pitch Deck

About The Startup Academy

Entrepreneurs are made, not born. This course was developed and designed in coordination with educational developers of business schools, industry advisors, and students. While spending two weeks building their ideas into real businesses, students will develop an Entrepreneurial mindset exploring, researching, testing, and launching a new business. Students will work independently and with other students to think and execute with a problem-solving mindset. They will know how to come up with a business idea, test the market fit and develop a go to market strategy to scale up globally.

The Teen Experience: Since 2002, Digital Media Academy has been encouraging and inspiring teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers and engineers. In addition to developing teens’ interests and passions for the latest in new tech, our camps foster personal growth, confidence, and independence; preparing students for life beyond high school and college.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need a mobile phone?

A relatively new Android or iOS phone is HIGHLY recommended.

Camp Overview + Schedule

Take a look at your camp schedule, learn more about tuition and explore add-ons.

Check-in and drop off
Hands-on STEM Instruction
Morning Break
Continued Instruction + Creation
Lunch Break
Back to the Classroom
Afternoon Break
Continued Classroom Time
Pick-up Begins
Pick-up Ends
Extended Day Begins

Tuition Includes

  Personalized Feedback + Student Achievement Report

  Diploma or Certificate of Completion

  Full Adobe Creative Cloud license for up to 12 months

  Unlimited Google Apps and Email Account

  Low staff to student ratios

  Take home select technology hardware

  Alumni Club Benefits

Friday Showcase

At the end of each week, attendees can invite their family and friends to join us for a showcase celebration to share their final projects. Learn more about the fun and exciting activities your child experienced during the week and have an opportunity to meet your child’s instructor. Presentations vary by course topic and instructors will highlight some of the important concepts covered during the week and possible next steps to continue your child’s learning. Arrive early as showcase begins at 3:00 pm and is typically finished by 4:00 pm.



Camp Upgrades

Get the most out of your summer with DMA when you add any or all of the following:

Lunch Plan

Get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans are $95/week.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing starts at $695/week.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay starts at $380/weekend.

Extended Day

Our flexible Extended Day option allows families to pick-up students as late as 6:00 PM from Monday to Thursday.

“My son really loved the program. I have never seen him so enthusiastic about summer programs. I would like to thank everyone for doing an amazing job in making it a positive learning experience.”

Marisca G.

Why Digital Media Academy?

You can count on us to deliver on all the things that truly matter. We pinky swear.

Passionate Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEAM education.

A Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, while fostering teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.