While some kids attend summer camps, playing sports and experiencing the great outdoors, Jadon Cochran and Teddy Siker are developing a business plan.
The 13-year-olds have brainstormed an app to encourage users to support the environment like picking up trash off the ground. Users send in photos of themselves that document environmentally friendly moves. The green actions, in turn, earn users points that can be exchanged for everything from a free cup of coffee to a video game system.
The boys are attending EXPLO Startup, a competitive program for middle and high school students at Wellesley College outside Boston.
The idea is to give kids the skills they need to launch a business including preparing pitches and how to land seed money from investors. EXPLO Startup is in its third year and is a selective program. The 14 students this summer are from all over the world including Hong Kong and Dubai. Parents pay the tuition that's upward of $4,000 for the two-week summer training camp.
"Kids come to us with big ideas and we help them develop those skills for when they go out in the world," says Elliot Targum, head of programs for EXPLO at Wellesley.