TEA Program

Gain valuable business and leadership skills while learning to think like an entrepreneur. Start your business with the support and guidance of our successful mentors. Compete against in-house teams with the chance to complete against global chapters and win non-cash and cash prizes, such as business funding!

TEA Curriculum

Complete Entrepreneurial Education, Networking Opportunities, and Hands-On Experience

An extracurricular for high school & middle school students.

TEA curriculum is based on the Lean canvas method. Lean startup is a methodology for developing businesses and products that aims to shorten product development cycles and rapidly discover if a proposed business model is viable; this is achieved by adopting a combination of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning.

Students learn about Design Thinking, which provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. It’s extremely useful in tackling complex problems that are ill-defined or unknown, by understanding the human needs involved, by re-framing the problem in human-centric ways, by creating many ideas in brainstorming sessions, and by adopting a hands-on approach in prototyping and testing.

The lean canvas model is a business model template that allows you to organize your business plan in a logical way. Typically used for startups, the lean canvas business model has 9 building blocks: Unique Value Proposition, Unfair advantage, Channels, Customer Segmentation, Problem, Solution, Key Metrics, Cost Structure, and Revenue Streams.

Course Overview

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship

  • Bugs and Passions

  • Customer Empathy & Design Thinking

  • Rapid Prototyping

  • Skill Assessment and Team Building

  • Startup Math

  • Lean Canvas

  • Presentation Skills

  • Marketing and Revenue Generation

  • Product-Market Fit

  • Creative Thinking

Student Benefits

  • Build a real startup with a team

  • Participate in a rigorous business curriculum

  • Develop confidence and leadership skills

  • Learn directly from startup founders and industry experts

  • Connect with a dedicated mentor who will coach their team

  • Open Doors for Future Ventures

  • Opportunity to Compete Globally and Win Business Funding & Non-Cash Prizes

Hands-On Entrepreneurial Education

When:  Saturdays from 9am-12pm

Who: TEA is for High School students. TEA Class of 2023 is now opening for a select few Middle School students.

Program Dates:  Beginning of January - April

Where:  USD Knauss Center for Business Education


Tuition:  $1750 per student

($250 discount with early bird registration)


  • All Sessions

  • All-Inclusive Field Trips including the Bay Area

  • Local and Global Competition

  • TEA Merch Bag

Program Details