Our Programs

Gray Matter Experience exists to give opportunities to High School students across Chicago to learn about and practice entrepreneurship at an early age. Our students are representative of over 20 Chicago neighborhoods and hope to gain knowledge, access and resources to transform the way they and others view their communities. Students 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. 

Bootcamp

The Bootcamp is our 12-week entrepreneurship explorer program. During Saturday workshops, a small cohort of students learn foundational business knowledge and work in teams to simulate building a business. Throughout the program students are exposed to people, places to help them better understand and gain access to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. 

 
GMEChangers Accelerator 

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. 

In-School Programming

TGME has partnered with select high schools across Illinois 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 innovatively 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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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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