Sunday, June 25 - Wednesday, July 5, 2017



Entrepreneurs envision the future. And you can be a part of it.

What do Spanx, HP, Avon, Time, IBM, Gilt, Hanky Panky and Yahoo! have in common? Women founders and CEOs, that’s what!

New York City is the global capital for women entrepreneurs and, this summer, as a future entrepreneur, you can learn how to launch your very own startup. We'll help you develop an idea and turn it into a promising plan of action with hands-on teaching by some of the most successful leaders in the industry.



Courses for this program range from Developing a Business Idea to Getting Funded and include three site visits to start-ups in New York. Students will work in groups as they develop their own ventures, build public speaking skills, and ultimately pitch their ideas to mentors, staff, judges, and fellow students - resulting in an awards ceremony for Most Compelling Pitch and more. Instructors for these courses and workshops are start-up experts, having founded or led ventures of their own. 

Students will attend class, workshops, or site visits from 9 am - 5:30/6 pm daily. Evening hours can be used to attend a variety of activities provided by the Summer Pre-College Program.

2017 Course Schedule:


Sunday, June 25:

  • Welcome! NYC orientation and introduction to the program and program leaders

Monday, June 26:

  • Developing a Business Idea
  • Improv Workshop

Tuesday, June 27

  • Hanky Panky Factory Tour
  • Customer Research
  • Product Validations

Wednesday, June 28:

  • Hanky Panky Showroom Tour
  • Product Development & Design

Thursday, June 29:

  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Business Naming

Friday, June 30:

  • Negotiation
  • Financial Fluency for Startups
  • Getting Funded
  • Compass Site Visit

Saturday, July 1:

  • Free Day!

Sunday, July 2:

  • Personal Branding/Telling Your Story
  • Business Naming Part 2
  • Implementing the Roadmap
  • Business Planning

Monday, July 3:

  • Story Workshop

Tuesday, July 4:

  • Pitch Rehearsal day

Wednesday, July 5:

Thursday, July 6:

  • Move out day

Participant Testimonials

"I have come away from this experience with a new sense of confidence, believing that my goals are within reach, and with a new understanding of the business world." - 2016 Participant

"Thank you so much for teaching me the art of being an entrepreneur as well as becoming a more confident person." - 2016 Participant

"Every day got better and better. By the end I was so sad to leave." - 2015 Participant

"The most important thing I learned in ET? Just start. Don't wait for more resources. Don't be afraid to fail." - 2015 Participant

"Although I knew my summer at Barnard would be an amazing experience, I never realized what an impact it would have on my life and how it would impact my confidence, me as a student, and my interest in business." - 2013 Participant

"To be honest I really want it to never end! I don't want it to end because I actually created something I am so proud of! Thank you!" - 2013 Participant