Next Gen Innovators Challenge - Rules, Program Structure & FAQ


  • The program is open to high school junior and senior students only.
  • Each student can participate individually or in a team of up to 4 members.
  • The business idea must be original and not copied from any existing business or startup.
  • The business idea must be feasible and have the potential for growth and profitability.
  • Participants must attend all mandatory workshops, seminars, and training sessions.
  • The pitch must be presented in English.
  • The pitch should not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Any material or equipment required for the pitch must be arranged by the participants themselves.

Program Structure

Orientation Session:

Introduction to the program and its objectives

Overview of the timeline and key milestones

Guidance on team formation (if applicable)

Introduction to mentors and program staff

Workshops and Training Sessions:

Business Fundamentals: Market analysis, customer identification, and product validation

Entrepreneurship Essentials: Business planning, financial management, and marketing strategies

Design Thinking: Ideation, prototyping, and user-centered design

Pitching and Presentation Skills: Effective communication, storytelling, and slide deck creation

Intellectual Property: Understanding patents, trademarks, and copyrights

Mentorship Phase:

Participants will be assigned mentors from industry practitioners

Regular mentorship sessions to discuss and refine business ideas

Guidance on market research, product development, branding, and more

Mentors will provide feedback and support throughout the program

Guest Speaker Sessions:

Inspirational talks by successful entrepreneurs and industry experts

Q&A sessions to learn from their experiences and insights

Topics may include startup challenges, scaling businesses, and innovation trends

Pitch Preparation:

Participants will work on refining their business ideas and preparing their pitches.

Guidance in structuring a compelling pitch and creating impactful presentations.

Mentors and program staff will provide feedback and help participants fine-tune their pitches.

Pitch Competition:

Participants will have the opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of Silicon Valley VC’s

Each team or individual will deliver their pitch within a specified time limit.

VC’s will provide feedback, advice, and potential opportunities for further development.

Networking and Celebration:

Networking sessions with fellow participants, mentors, and industry professionals

Celebration event to recognize participants’ achievements and showcase their progress.

Opportunity to build connections and foster collaboration within the entrepreneurial community.

Please note that the program structure may vary depending on the specific needs and resources of the Next Gen Innovators Challenge.


Q: What is the Next Gen Innovators Challenge?
A: The Next Gen Innovators Challenge is a program designed for high school junior and senior students who have innovative business ideas and an interest in entrepreneurship. It provides mentorship, business learning opportunities, and a platform to pitch ideas to Silicon Valley VC’s.

Q: How can I participate in the Next Gen Innovators Challenge?
A: To participate, you can sign up individually or form a team of up to 4 members. Stay tuned for the registration details and follow the instructions to enroll.

Q: Is prior experience in entrepreneurship required?
A: No prior experience is necessary. The program is open to students with varying levels of entrepreneurial knowledge and skills. It’s a great opportunity to learn and grow!

Q: Will there be mentorship available?
A: Yes! The program provides mentorship from industry practitioners who will guide you in developing your business ideas and navigating the world of entrepreneurship.

Q: What kind of workshops and training will be provided?
A: The workshops and training sessions cover various aspects of business, including market analysis, product development, branding, finance, and more. You’ll gain valuable insights and practical skills.

Q: Is there a fee to participate?
A: Yes, there is a participation fee. The fees cover the cost of mentorship, training, and program resources. Details about the participation fees will be provided during the registration process.

Q: What are the benefits of participating?
A: By participating, you’ll gain valuable knowledge, receive mentorship from industry professionals, network with successful entrepreneurs, and have the opportunity to pitch your idea to Silicon Valley VC’s. It’s a chance to turn your dreams into reality!

Q: Can I participate if I don’t have a fully developed business idea?
A: Absolutely! The program is designed to help you develop and refine your ideas. You can join even if you have just a concept or an early-stage business idea.

Q: What happens after the program ends?
A: The program is a steppingstone for your entrepreneurial journey. Even after it ends, you’ll have gained valuable skills, connections, and experiences that can benefit you in future endeavors.

Remember, if you have any specific questions or need further information, feel free to reach out to the program organizers.

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