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The Entrepreneur Academy
Class of 2024

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.

The TEA curriculum incorporates the Lean canvas method, which 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. The Lean canvas model is a business model template that allows students to organize their business plan in a logical way. 


In addition, students learn about Design Thinking, which provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. This approach is 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 TEA curriculum teaches students to use the nine building blocks of the Lean canvas model: Unique Value Proposition, Unfair advantage, Channels, Customer Segmentation, Problem, Solution, Key Metrics, Cost Structure, and Revenue Streams. This model is typically used for startups, and it allows students to develop a solid business plan that addresses all aspects of the business.

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

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