Teen Entrepreneur Challenge: Engineering Public Health Solutions – July 6-16, 2020

Collaboration Fuels Innovation

The 2020 Teen Entrepreneur Challenge (TEC) at Penn State Lehigh Valley was held virtually via Zoom. TEC 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.

The 2020 virtual challenge introduced students to the various public health issues we are facing as a nation and taught them how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to create business solutions to address these issues. Students completed two projects during this program:

- Developed Public Service Announcements (PSAs) highlighting a public health concern
- Utilized entrepreneurial thinking to develop a business profile that addressed their highlighted public health topic

Programming and Outcomes

All programming was held virtually this year. Formal instruction took place Monday-Thursday during the two-week period for approximately 3 hours per day. Additional time was required outside of 'classroom' hours to complete assignments. Experiences and outcomes include:
  • featured speakers from local businesses and virtual ‘field trips’
  • real-world case studies and problem-solving activities
  • explore ideas on sustainability, improving existing processes, and adaptability
  • effectively articulate and present a public health issue and produce a quality public health message
  • develop and enhance new technology skills
  • explore STEAM educational programming
  • program culminates with a pitch competition including prizes

Cost & Registration

Stay tuned for 2021 dates and registration info.

Financial Assistance

We are working diligently to secure a limited amount of funding which will be used to offer scholarships to students who apply and qualify for financial assistance. If you are a need-based student, please fill out the financial assistance application. Please note that registration for 2021 is not open yet and applying does not guarantee assistance.

Questions?

For more information, email summerchallenge@psu.edu or call 610.285.5111.

Get an Inside Look

The Teen Entrepreneur Challenge is typically a 10-day residential experience. While we are not able to offer a residential camp this year, please view this short recap video to get a glimpse into what the program has offered in the past and will continue to offer in years to come. While our 'field trips' and experiences will be held virtually this year, the programming, experiences, and life-long friendships will persist.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Bosch Rexroth, Victaulic, and Lehigh Valley Health Network/The Pool Trust