Startup High Leader Information


To make a Startup High experience happen, it takes one person

to stand up and say, "Let's do it."  That one person could be you!

This is not a volunteer role.  You will be paid based on the

number of sessions and number of students that participate. 

It usually works best for educators who want to earn extra money

in the summer and typical compensation is $500 per session plus

bonus if your session has 15 students.     

To be successful, the following key elements need to be coordinated.  Also we will conduct a few training sessions beginning in November to make sure you are ready.  

  • Venue:​  Typically this is an office in an area where students can walk to a few businesses.  A co-working space is optimal because there are several professionals already in the space that could engage students.  ​For example, we've conducted sessions in urban areas like downtown Raleigh and smaller towns like downtown Hillsborough, NC.

  • Transportation:  We want to stay out of the busing business and only plan sessions where we can walk places.  If there's a free city bus, that could work.  

  • Pipeline of Students:   The big question is, "How will students find out about the program?"  We've used a combination of the following:  Local media, sent letters home to parents, chatted with students as a guest speaker in classes, worked with local non-profits, etc.  We have found the best method is to get a school leader such as a principal excited and then recruit students from that school through teachers.     

  • Connections to Business Community: Each day students will have at least one opportunity to engage a business professional. It's best to facilitate a Q&A session (vs. asking the professional to do a presentation).  It's always fun if the company has something to show off.  For example, we've visited a Chocolate Factory where the founders have talked about how the chocolate is made.   If it's just a boring office, it may take some creativity to keep students engaged.    

  • Community Service:  It's always nice to get the students involved in community.  For example, we've taken students to clean up the Durham Central Park for many years.  We only volunteered at Raleigh City Farm a few times.    

  • Food:  Teens like to eat.  So organizing the food is key.  One day can be pizza delivered.  One day could be subs.  Hopefully there's a restaurant within a walkable distance.  

  • Curriculum:  No need to create your own.  We've done this for over 10 years and learned some tricks on keeping students engaged.