Applications are currently open.

Overview:

The Gray Matter Experience (TGME) is a non profit and entrepreneurial experience program for high school students. Our mission is to expose youth to entrepreneurship and provide them access to the tools and resources necessary to build businesses that impact their communities. We believe that by allowing students to serve on the front lines of community growth and ownership, it will increase their self-worth and strengthen ties to their the communities in which they live.

The Hustle Hacks program is designed to help teens and young adults who are already running businesses, but need more support to grow and put structure around what they've started. Through our 8-week program, participants will learn best practices for building more effective operations, money management, accounting and bookkeeping, and tips on how to better engage customers. The program curriculum also focuses on other areas that we see small minority-owned businesses struggling with most, including customer service, marketing and branding, and strategic planning, to name a few. By the end of the program, you'll be connected to the resources, coaches, and support you need to launch and grow your business.

The selection for Levels 2 & 3 of the program is competitive, and a maximum of 30 companies will be selected to participate. As a participant of the Level 3 selling event, you will also be able to compete for a small financial investment from Gray Matter, to help support the growth of your business.

Application deadline is March 12th!

Costs & Format:

 

Hustle Hacks' learning content is self-guided, at-your-own-pace, with additional meetings & touchpoints based on the level of access you opt into. Financial assistance may be available, based on need. There are three levels to this program. The price of each level are as follows: $35, $65, and $75. View information below about what is included at each level.

Level 1
$35
Level 2
$65
Level 3
$75
 
 

How to Apply:

Fill out the Hustle Hacks Program application here.

Application includes questions about you and your team, your business, and a two-minute introductory video. 

For the video submission, ensure you cover who you are and the idea you're developing. We want to see:
 

  • Self-awareness — Don’t just share facts about yourself, but elaborate on why these things matter

  • Personability — The best candidates are able to balance confidence and humility when introducing themselves

  • A strong business model

  • Passion — We love to see you’re are excited by what you do!

 

If you have any questions about this program, please email 

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We believe empowering youth to create their own businesses can have great impact on their own self-worth, perception of the meaning of success, and can positively impact underrepresented neighborhoods across Chicago.

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