Our Programs

Gray Matter Experience exists to provide opportunities for Black High School students to learn about and practice entrepreneurship at an early age. Gray Matter provides an environment and community where Black students can explore business and creative areas within an innovative space - fostering the development of entrepreneurial skills, mindsets, self-agency, and the transferability of these skills and
mindsets into school, career, and life.

 

Our students gain knowledge, access and resources to transform the way they and others view their communities. They collaborate to develop solutions around problems that plague their communities and use their newfound knowledge gained through The Gray Matter Experience, to help shape their business approach. 

 

These students are becoming well equipped to navigate through our booming technological and entrepreneurial economy. They're learning to use the resources and information gained through the program to catapult their futures to great success. They're learning to be change agents within their communities with the hope of continuing to rebuild and reinvigorate their neighborhoods as they achieve various forms of success. These students are #GMEChangers. 

Bootcamps

Our Bootcamps are foundational entrepreneurship development courses for teens across the country aged 14 - 19. Each Bootcamp is 9-10 weeks and gives students the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship through hands-on, practical applications. Throughout the program students are exposed to people, places to help them better understand and gain access to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. 

 

  • Bootcamp I - “Ideate” - Our 10-week foundational course in entrepreneurship teaches the basics of how to think like an entrepreneur, strategies and tactics of generating a strong & viable business idea - and a host of soft skills that will ensure our young entrepreneurs' success.

  • Bootcamp II - “Activate” - Our 2nd level course in entrepreneurship, where participants take a validated idea for a product or service, and build an MVP to go to market. Students learn to better understand the customer journey, market research and will have the opportunity to test their idea in the marketplace. 

  • Bootcamp III - "Accelerate" - Our summer Accelerator is designed for teens who have business ideas and need more resources to execute that idea AND teens who are already running businesses, but need more support to grow their company. Through our 9-week program, they'll be connected to the resources, coaches, curriculum and support needed to launch and grow their business. As a participant of the accelerator, students will also gain access to startup capital to help support the growth of their business.

In-School Programming

TGME has partnered with select high schools to bring our content into the classroom. Our in-school programs are a 10-week series of workshops that take place over a semester and introduce students to basic entrepreneurship content. This is a great option for teachers who want to enhance the classroom experience and expose students to entrepreneurship fundamentals in a high energy and engaging way.

 

Auxiliary Programming

Through our Auxiliary programs, we partner with organizations that serve our targeted demographic to help them enhance their programming. We integrate TGME content with the program's existing curriculum to provide more depth and relevance to the topics taught - teaching students how to think more inventively and monetize the skills they're already building.

 

Pop Up Events & Workshops

Interested in a one-day entrepreneurship experience for your students? We specialize in creating robust and engaging content to get your students excited and interested in the wonderful world of entrepreneurship. From one hour workshops to multi-hour summits or events, contact us to develop a plan that works best for your students.

If you’re interested in partnering with Gray Matter for any of the above-mentioned opportunities, please 

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