Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative
Our students are world changers, and with the Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative (BEI), we’re giving them the resources and training to become principled leaders, launching innovative ideas into business opportunities. Through the BEI, students not only learn core business concepts through school-day courses, but are also given the chance to apply what they learn through numerous business programs. These unique opportunities expose students to successful Silicon Valley business leaders who exemplify Christian principles as they mentor and spark innovation in the young entrepreneurs. The BEI is on the cutting edge of creating future leaders of industry, giving Warriors another avenue to lead, serve, and impact as they follow their Quest for Excellence.
With an array of offering of courses and co-curricular programs, our students have the ability to integrate real-life business experiences into their academic school-day. Our courses include:
- Intro to Entrepreneurship
- Life Calling in the Workplace w/ Biblical Financial Literacy
- Intro to Computer Science
- AP Computer Science
- Intro to Engineering Design (PLTW)
- Principles of Engineering (PLTW)
- Aerospace Engineering (PLTW)
- Digital Electronics (PLTW)
- Statistics & AP Statistics
- Speech & Debate
Programs & Clubs
PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS CHALLENGE
The President’s Business Challenge Program is now offered as a capstone project incorporated into the Introduction to Entrepreneurship class. In addition to class instruction of core business concepts, students learn the process of creating a business and competing for the opportunity to pitch their business plan to top Silicon Valley venture capitalists, Kevin Compton, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Radar Partners,
Steve Nelson, Senior Director of Harvard Business School, and Chi-Hua Chien, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Goodwater Capital. Finalist teams receive prize money ranging from $250-$1000.
Through the PBC program, students:
- Attend PBC Speaker Series where Silicon Valley business leaders who exemplify Christian principles share their knowledge and experience in their field of expertise.
- Learn to collaborate and work in teams as they go through the entrepreneurial process of creating a startup.
- Problem solve and develop creative solutions into a business opportunity.
- Develop effective communication skills as they interface with Silicon Valley venture capitalists, speakers, and mentors who provide feedback, business strategy, and guidance.
- Create a business pitch including: Problem/Opportunity, Solution/Product, Market/Market Analysis, Competitive Analysis, Go To Market, Revenue Model, Financials, Final Ask and Exit Strategy.
- Create an executive summary of their business.
- Learn to present their startup in front of multiple rounds of judges: mock, formal, semi-final, and finalist rounds at Radar Partners in Palo Alto.
PBC INCUBATOR PROGRAM
The President’s Business Challenge Incubator Program provides an opportunity for students to work closely with a network of entrepreneurs and industry experts to launch a real business and be involved in businesses at the beginning stages. Students receive advice, guidance, and mentoring that enables them to gain real-world experience by participating in the following Incubator Programs:
- Advanced PBC: Launch the startup that was developed and conceptualized in the President’s Business Challenge.
- Social Enterprise Internship: Work as an intern at a Quest Institute affiliated startup, working closely with the founder and volunteer mentors. With a beta product release, the startup will be addressing the next phase of business development of scaling and creating more business opportunities and partnerships.
This Program is available to previous PBC participants through an application process. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to be considered for the PBC Incubator Program.
DECA is an internationally-recognized business organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in four fields: marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. In addition to learning business concepts through classroom instruction and real-world business application, DECA students attend competitions and leadership conferences.
TED Ed CLUB
TED Ed VCS aims to spread “ideas worth sharing,” embracing the Silicon Valley culture. As a student-led initiative, students find speakers, organize activities, and curate events, sparking conversations and creating opportunities where ideas from every discipline and culture inspires their fellow students to make a positive impact in their community.
Stocks Club is a student-led organization where students come together to share investing strategies and learn to analyze stock investments in order to make informed investment decisions for growth.
MICROFINANCE INVESTMENT CLUB
The Microfinance Investment Club provides low-interest loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries while teaching applicative micro-lending practices and procedures.
SPORTS ANALYTICS CLUB
Sports Analytics is a fast growing industry in the world of sports. In the VC Sports Analytics Club, students evaluate how sports organizations use data, analytics, and statics to optimize their rosters, finding an interactive way to connect sports and mathematics.
COMPETITIONS: MIT LAUNCH & DIAMOND CHALLENGE
Students have the opportunity to participate in and receive mentoring for entrepreneurship competitions, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s “MIT Launch” program and the University of Delaware Horn’s “Diamond Challenge.” Both competitions provide students from around the world with an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and compete head- to-head for prizes and prestige.
Hannah Kim, Director of Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative