Audacious Summer @ Chick-fil-A
A 1-week innovation program for 6th-8th graders.
June 6 – June 10, 2016 – Atlanta, Georgia
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Program Highlights

At the Audacious Summer @ Chick-fil-A, rising 6th through 8th graders learn and apply design thinking, entrepreneurship, and innovation to address real-world challenges with a small team of peers.

Over the course of five days, you will:

  • Develop the entrepreneurial mindset and learn innovation techniques.
  • Apply design thinking to tackle a real challenge you and your peers identify.
  • Design a new product, service, or initiative to address your team’s challenge.
  • Learn tools to refine your ideas, build prototypes, and seek customer input.
  • Engage with local entrepreneurs who coach and mentor your team.
  • Pitch to an expert panel of judges for feedback.

The Audacious Institute helps young people be bold and dare greatly in a fun, supportive environment.

  • Cost: $299 on or before April 15th; $399 thereafter
  • Dates: June 6th-10th, 2016
  • Time: 10am-4pm daily
  • Eligibility: Rising 6th to 8th graders in Metro Atlanta; spots are limited to the first 30 students to register
  • Behind-the-Scenes Access: meet executives, tour the test kitchen and innovation center, and enjoy lunch in Chick-fil-A’s dining room!
  • Need-Based Scholarships: Contact [email protected]

Audacious Summer Program

in depth overview

Want to transform your life and our nation by tackling pressing global and local problems? Learn how entrepreneurs, innovators, and designers approach problems to develop new and exciting solutions. Start each day with creativity challenges to stretch your imagination and exercise new muscles in your brain. Meet students from across Metro Atlanta schools and collaborate on fun and exciting projects!

At the Audacious Summer @ Chick-fil-A, student teams experience creative-driven careers first-hand at the Hatch Incubator, Chick-fil-A’s preeminent innovation center! Students work with mentors to develop a solution concept and business model, entertain feedback from potential customers, and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

The program is packed with hands-on activities, 21st century skill development opportunities, team challenges, and mentorship to help students start planning for college and 21st century careers!

What better place to learn these innovative skills than at Hatch, Chick-fil-A’s Innovation Center in Atlanta!

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Unforgettable Experience



  • Introductions & icebreakers. 
  • Fail fast to find success: the growth mindset.
  • Innovator’s DNA.
  • The Backpack Challenge.
  • Design Thinking 101.
  • ‘3 Questions’ activity.


  • Morning challenge.
  • Team challenge kickoff.
  • Need finding & empathy interviews.
  • Career lunch panel.
  • Customer discovery.
  • ‘Personas’ challenge.


  • Goal setting & success definition warm-up.
  • ‘Get out of the building’ exercise.
  • Analyze for insights.
  • Develop a point of view.
  • Ideation I.
  • Feedback session I.


  • Morning challenge.
  • Ideation II.
  • Design challenge: Marshmallow activity.
  • Prototyping.
  • Business Model Refinement w/Mentors.
  • Testing & Feedback II.


  • The Art of the Pitch.
  • Finding purpose and making an impact.
  • Mystery questions.
  • Final Pitch Competition & Teen Showcase.
  • Judging and feedback.
I used the skills that I learned at the Audacious Institute to help define our project into a singe focal point. It also gave me leadership skills that aided in production of our project for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. I don't think we would have been first in state without it.- Tommy, Student
I wish I had this growing up. I think this program helps students to think in a direction that they may not learn in school.- Pam, Parent
I think every student should take this course. It changes the way you think about yourself, others, and what you can do.- Rose, Student

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