“Over the next two days, we will bring you onto an entrepreneurial roller coaster, where you will learn how to start a business from scratch.”

Henrik Scheel, Founder of Startup Experience

Startup Experience

Now available both for adults (summer) and youth (fall) seeking to develop the necessary entrepreneurial mindset to network, problem solve, and create the foundation for launching a business.

Summer Startup Experience

Unlock your inner entrepreneur. 
Open to all adults seeking to incubate a business idea. 

The Startup Experience is a interactive 2-day workshop designed to teach you what it takes to get a business started. Startup teams (groups of 5 to 6 people) and will work together learn about Startup team formation, problem definition, user analysis, idea creation, business model innovation, customer development, prototyping, web development, fundraising and professional pitching, and get hands-on experience with the tools they need to create a successful startup company!

We’ll start the first day off with an overview of what entrepreneurship is and then dig into the Startup Experience model, founded by Henrik Scheel out of the Silicon Valley. This model has been taught all over the globe and we’re looking forward to bringing to the Shenandoah Valley again this July.

Summer of 2019, the Startup Experience will take place all day on July 19 and 20, and be located at Blue Ridge Community College. 


Youth Startup Experience

SCCF partnered with the Startup Experience and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to launch a brand new Entrepreneurship Program to the Shenandoah Valley – the Startup Experience. The first 2-day workshop, hosting over 150 students, was held at the BRCC Plecker Center on October 4-5, 2018.  Numerous community partners and program mentors came alongside SCCF to tmake the event possible. With their support, we are able to continue offering the program to the public and the area students. Would you consider becoming a partner? Click here to learn more.

Data shows that about 50% of high school graduates continue on to college, and that only 25% of those that do, actually obtain college degrees. Without any goals or sense of what is required to achieve such goals, many young people end up jobless or in low-wage jobs with little advancement opportunities.

According to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey data, unemployment rates for youth are much higher than rates for other age groups. 14-20% of youth aged 15-19 are currently unemployed. Low-income youth as well as Black and Hispanic youth also tend to have much higher unemployment rates.

There has never been a time in history where there were more demands for young peoples’ time: social media use topping 17 or 18 hours a day is just the beginning of the train of distractions that vies for students’ attention. Schools face a dichotomy between resource shortages and increased pressure to help kids be good at everything, from reading to math to financial literacy to the arts. So, it would be easy to dismiss youth entrepreneurship as one more burden on an overtaxed population. But, we present below five reasons why communities in the CSVR should embrace youth entrepreneurship. Are you thinking lemonade stand? Stop.

  • Entrepreneurship teaches valuable skills
  • Youth entrepreneurship is a safe place to experiment
  • Entrepreneurship is a career path
  • Their business might succeed
  • Entrepreneurship is inspiring

The challenge now is to provide young people with the support and the environment they need to turn their ambitions into reality.

What can be done? According to the survey, what young people most want is hands-on work experience and mentoring from entrepreneurs. As such, today’s entrepreneurs and business leaders have a clear role to play in nurturing the next generation of wealth and job creators.

Henrik Scheel, the founder and CEO of the Startup Experience, facilitated the first 2-day workshop in October and trained many Shenandoah Valley community members on the model to continue moving the entrepreneurial mindset forward. Check out more about the Startup Experience below!