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Entrepreneurship bootcamp for young, aspiring entrepreneurs.

CLASS STARTS OCTOBER 24TH

Enroll now in our 18-week foundational entrepreneurship course. Discover how to think like an entrepreneur and unleash your creativity to generate powerful business ideas that stand out and make money

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CLASS DETAILS

OCTOBER 24, 2023 - MARCH 26, 2024

CLASS WILL BE HELD ONLINE EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 4 PM - 6 PM

IN-PERSON FIELDTRIPS & WORKSHOPS TWO SATURDAYS EACH MONTH 10 AM - 3 PM AT TECH NEXUS OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO 

Students will visit local Chicago businesses and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build and grow a successful business!

Throughout the program, students will be connected to business mentors who will provide feedback on their ideas and help guide their business journey..

This is a great opportunity for students to begin exploring their business ideas while surrounded by other like-minded young entrepreneurs.  The program is completely free of cost and kicks off this October. 

HYBRID LEARNING

COMMUNITY

MENTORSHIP

FIELD TRIPS

BUSINESS EDUCATION

APPLICATIONS CLOSE SEPTEMBER 15TH!

  • How is Hustle Hacks different from Gray Matter Bootcamp programs?
    Hustle Hacks is an at-your-own-pace program, with self-guided content in the form of 5-20 minute videos recorded by industry professionals, made available through a digital learning platform. Traditionally, Gray Matter's Bootcamp programs have been instructor-led, in-person experiences.
  • What are the differences between Levels 1,2, and 3 of Hustle Hacks?"
    Level 1 gives you access to the library of digital content to review, with no additional mentorship or networking opportunities. If you are a business owner/entrepreneur with a busy summer schedule, this level is for you! As a Level 2 participant, you'll get access to the same digital content, with the addition of bi-weekly coaching sessions with a personal business coach dedicated to helping you apply the content to your business. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to connect bi-weekly with your fellow cohort members for networking, learning opportunities, and special guest speakers, as well as access to the Gray Matter team & network for support As a Level 3 participant, you will have all the access of Levels 1 & 2, as well as an opportunity to participate in an exclusive selling event at the end of the 8 weeks. During the selling event, you will be able to compete for a financial investment into your business.
  • How much does it cost?
    The costs of the Hustle Hacks program are as follows, based on the level that you opt into: - Level 1: $35 - Level 2: $65 - Level 3: $75 Financial assistance may be available, based on need
  • Do I have to pay when I apply?
    No; payment is not required until you are accepted into the program.
  • Is Hustle Hacks only for teens or high school students?
    No, it's not! Any motivated, young entrepreneur between the ages of 14-24 may apply. You also do not currently need to be enrolled in school to participate.
  • How long is the program, and when does it start?"
    The official kick-off of the program is Monday, April 19, 2021. Participants will have access to the self-guided curriculum for 12 weeks.
  • If I participate in level 2 or 3, what are the dates of the live group sessions?"
    Every group session will be from 6pm - 7:30pm CST. Here are the following dates for each session: April 21st May 5th May 19th June 2nd June 9th*
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