Teen Entrepreneur Challenge: Solutions For A Post-COVID World – July 6-16, 2021

Collaboration Fuels Innovation

The 2021 Teen Entrepreneur Challenge (TEC) at Penn State Lehigh Valley will be 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 2021 virtual challenge will expose students to the various issues we are facing as a nation, including public health concerns, and teach them how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to create business solutions to address these issues. Students will complete various projects during this programs utilizing their entrepreneurial skills.

Programming and Outcomes

All programming will be held virtually this year. Formal instruction will take place Tuesday - Friday during the two-week period for approximately 3 hours per day starting at 10:00 am. Additional time will be required following formal 'classroom' hours to participate in breakout sessions and complete assignments. Experiences and outcomes include:
  • develop a business profile that will address an issue we will face as a nation in a post-COVID world
  • 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
  • explore STEAM educational programming & develop new technology skills
  • program culminates with a pitch competition including prizes

Cost & Registration


PRICE: $350

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 applying does not guarantee assistance.


For more information, email Janel Hanna at jah6557@psu.edu

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 2021 sponsors: BOSCH and Victaulic