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Teen Entrepreneur Challenge (TEC)

Collaboration Fuels Innovation

The Teen Entrepreneur Challenge (TEC) at Penn State Lehigh Valley/Perkiomen School educates, trains and prepares the next generation of innovators for success.

Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors learn key strategies for starting a business or business concept, and how to develop an entrepreneurial edge. Instructors include Penn State professors, Perkiomen School teachers, successful business leaders and Penn State alumni. Designed to build confidence and skills in preparation for a student's entrepreneurial journey, the 10-day, residential camp includes:

  • field trips to local businesses and organizations
  • hands-on, problem-solving activities
  • real-world case studies
  • featured speakers 
  • "Shark-Tank" style challenge competition

Programming takes place at Penn State Lehigh Valley with additional programming and residency at Perkiomen School. Their 165-acre campus includes dormitories and an Innovation Center exposing campers to the latest technology including 3-D virtual reality, additive manufacturing, computer design and rapid prototyping.

Programming and Outcomes                                                                                      

Case studies include:

  • new product development
  • taking company/product to market
  • ideas on sustainability
  • improve existing process or product

Benefits include:

  • learn to work through a problem/opportunity
  • develop and implement business ideas
  • connect to future employers
  • build a personal brand
  • applying for LaunchBox and other microgrants
  • develop and enhance new technology skills
  • explore STEAM educational programming
  • connect to Penn State people and students

2018 TEC Pitch Competition


To support the Teen Entrepreneur Challenge, visit the giving page.