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BUILD uses entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college, and career success. Our students develop business ideas, write plans, pitch to funders, and launch real businesses, making school relevant. To help them become college-eligible, students receive tutoring, test prep, mentoring, and advising around academics and college planning. Since 1999, 95% of BUILD seniors have gone on to college.

Students Become Confident Young Entrepreneurs

Students Graduate High School and Go to College

Real Venture Capitalists Fund Student Businesses



$1,000 helps...

This is the seed capital that allows a team of students to start a real business.

$5,000 helps...

Funds a launch camp that teaches risk-taking and team building to new students.

$10,000 helps...

Hires an experienced educator to teach our intro to entrepreneurship class to 9th graders.

$25,000 helps...

Funds a summer internship program for 10th graders exploring career interests.

$50,000 helps...

Supports a year's worth of selling events for all 250 BUILD youth entrepreneurs.

$100,000 helps...

Launches a new school-based youth business incubator.

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