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At the Audacious Institute, we help high school and middle school students
cultivate the skills and mindsets of entrepreneurs and innovators.
Prepare for your future today by enrolling in a workshop, summer program, or institute.
About our Programs
Innovation Workshops

Our 1-, 2- and 3-day workshops invite students to work with peers and mentors to design and pitch innovative solutions to both student-driven and company-driven challenges. Most workshops culminate in a pitch competition.

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Summer Programs

Our 1- and 2-week summer programs offer in-depth skill development through real world impact projects. Students form teams and build solutions and well-crafted business models. Mentors, guest speakers, and company executives advise student teams and share career insights.

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Intensive Institutes

Our institutes range from 3-week to yearlong programs and offer bold opportunities for students to explore their passions and purpose, collaborate with innovative companies on real-world projects, and define success and impact on a personal level. Students explore a rigorous design thinking and entrepreneurship curriculum coupled with coaching and mentorship.

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Why the Audacious Institute?

The Audacious Institute: Creating purpose-driven leaders who are ready for the challenges life throws at them!

To inspire youth to pursue meaningful work and to better prepare them for 21st century jobs, the Audacious Institute brings the entrepreneurial mindset and project-based learning to middle and high school students. The Audacious Institute is a bold, new approach to learning and success. We teach entrepreneurship, design thinking, and social impact and champion the mantra: “fail fast, fail early, and fail often.”

Design Thinking

Utilizing a rigorous curriculum inspired by Stanford University’s d.School, the design firm IDEO, and Lean Startup principles, students tackle real-world challenges and design actionable solutions.

Innovation

Through authentic projects with local organizations, students build empathy for real customers, showcase their creative minds, and engage with multi-disciplinary experts to uncover disruptive innovations.

Mentorship

Each session features local entrepreneurs and change-makers who have incredible stories to share. Our mentors not only coach students on their projects, but also offer career advice.

Students finish the program inspired and empowered with the mindset and toolkit to become entrepreneurs and change-makers who are socially conscious and passionately engaged.- Lindsey Mangone, Executive Director
I just want to take the time to thank you for the opportunity I had this weekend. I had one of the greatest weekends of my life, I truly enjoyed myself.- Autumn, 10th grade student
Fantastic program! Very professionally done. This program was exactly what I would hope for in entrepreneurship training.- Rae, parent
I loved this program, it was amazing. It taught me about entrepreneurship and how to be an innovator and not sit back on the sidelines. I got to work with other students to solve a big problem. I want to participate again next year.- Tommy, 8th grade student
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Want to join our team of talented mentors and instructors?
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Upcoming Programs for 2017 (Note: All Programs Finalized Early 2017)
Innovation in Action: Cuba; Option 1: June 20-July 5

This two-week program offers students an opportunity to explore Cuba’s rural regions and is tailored for innovative and critical-thinking minds. Students will learn to create actionable solutions to real-world problems through the process of design-thinking, an innovative approach used by entrepreneurs and designers. Students will work alongside local farmers to learn about sustainability through conservation projects and meet with Cuban peers to experience local youth culture. Explore the beautiful countryside on horseback and soak up the sun along the turquoise waters of Cuba’s Caribbean beaches.

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Innovation in Action: Cuba; Option 2: July 4-July 19

This two-week program offers students an opportunity to explore Cuba’s rural regions and is tailored for innovative and critical-thinking minds. Students will learn to create actionable solutions to real-world problems through the process of design-thinking, an innovative approach used by entrepreneurs and designers. Students will work alongside local farmers to learn about sustainability through conservation projects and meet with Cuban peers to experience local youth culture. Explore the beautiful countryside on horseback and soak up the sun along the turquoise waters of Cuba’s Caribbean beaches.

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Past Programs
2016 Audacious Summer @ Duke University

For rising 9th-12th Graders: Monday, June 13, 2016 to Friday, June 17, 2016; 9am-4pm daily.

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2016 Audacious Summer @ Chick-fil-A

For rising 6th-8th Graders: Monday, June 6, 2016 to Friday, June 10, 2016; 10am-4pm daily.

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2016 Innovation Week at the University of Utah

For rising 9th-12th Graders: Monday, July 11, 2016 to Friday, July 15, 2016; 9am-3pm daily.

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2016 Audacious Girls Camp: Park City

For rising 8th-10th Grade GIRLS: Monday, July 18, 2016 to Thursday, July 21, 2016; 9am-5pm daily.

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2016 Robotics & Innovation Challenge

For 7th-12th Graders: Starting March 19, 2016, continuing March 26, 2016 and May 13, 2016.

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What Our Students and Parents Say

I think every high schooler should participate in this. It changes the way you think about yourself, others, and what you can do.- Rose, 11th grade participant
I can honestly say, with conviction, that this program has influenced my life for the long run.- Gabe, 11th grade participant
This program has been an eye-opener for my son. He talks about it almost every night. I am very pleased with his excitement, and I truly believe this class has opened his mind to future opportunities.- Amy, parent
I believe my daughter received great lifelong tools that she can utilize not only for business, but also as she pursues areas of academic and life success. I am very impressed by what the students accomplished in a short amount of time.- Erica, parent
It was exciting to see my son every day be excited about the problem they worked on. My proudest moment was when the judges told the kids that they asked hard questions they would ask adult entrepreneurs, and the kids did in three days what they work with adults for weeks to do! - Stacie, parent

Entrepreneurial Mindset & Innovator's DNA

Develop your creative-driven growth mindset to be your best self, see problems as opportunities, and achieve your goals. Learn and employ the skill sets and actions that distinguish great entrepreneurs and innovators from everyday citizens.

Collaborative Real-World Projects

Pursue passion-driven projects that matter. Explore company- and community-driven challenges with a diverse team of peers and local leaders. Convince others to believe in your ideas and make a collective impact now as an emerging leader in your community.

Career Coaching & Mentorship

Panel discussions and coaching offer insight into the college and career search. Students are mentored by local entrepreneurs and innovators who open their eyes to future jobs and career paths and ignite a spirit of change-making and innovation.

Future-Proof Learning

Students develop critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication and presentation skills, and other 21st century skills that are becoming more relevant amidst the hyper-competitive world of college admissions and an increasingly fragmented job market.

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Please do not hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to chat over the phone or in person to tell you more. You may also reach us at discover@audaciousinstitute.com

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Founded in 2014, over 600 students have participated in the Audacious institute (formerly known as Innovation in Action). The curriculum was developed based on cutting-edge research from Duke University’s Center on the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and the Lean Startup methodology.

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