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8 Days to Startup

Spend eight amazing days where business is happening in either New York City or Silicon Valley to kick start your career as an entrepreneur and innovator at one of the country’s premiere start-up programs. Learn from business gurus, take an idea to investors, and compete against other business-minded high school students in a “shark tank” experience for real development dollars to help fund your future.

About National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation

Your Future in Business Starts Today

National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation – 8 Days to Startup is specifically designed to provide high school students with a foundation in business, while developing the skills to lead the next innovative revolution.

You’ll discover your passion for entrepreneurship and innovation by competing in an exciting startup-style simulation that takes you from ideation to product launch, and challenges you to make the critical decisions of an entrepreneur!

NYLF Business Innovation takes place at two of the biggest business hubs in the world: New York City and Silicon Valley.

Gain hands-on business and start-up experience, participate in professional site visits, and discover the insider knowledge and skills you need to chart a lucrative career path. 

Take your place among the nation’s highly motivated high school students—those who understand that their future depends on having a foundation of business skills to succeed!

By completing NYLF Business Innovation, you are eligible for college credit from Loras College

Experience & Growth

Compete against your peers in a startup-style simulation to implement an adaptive business model as an entrepreneur.

Uncover the secrets to success in today’s complex world of globally-connected businesses through interactive curriculum, workshops, and a business case study. 

Experience innovation in action while visiting incubators and companies that are disrupting their respective industries.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

NYLF Business Innovation
Startup-Style Simulation
Develop the next great idea through a collaborative simulation, which is part of a larger competition that allows students to vie for a piece of $25,000-worth of additional personal development. LEARN MORE
Speaking Events
Accomplished and innovative professionals will supply insights from their own successful business ventures and guide you through the key elements of launching a business.
Business Case Study
The NYLF Business Innovation curriculum also features a comprehensive case study to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an innovative company, such as Uber Technologies, Inc., that’s disrupting their respective market. LEARN MORE
College and Career Readiness
Experience college culture while residing on campus and take part in valuable workshops that focus on college success and career skills, including interviewing and personal branding.

2018 Program Details

Silicon Valley San Jose State University June 17-24 Loras College Credit
New York City St. John's University July 6-13 Loras College Credit



Tuition for NYLF Business Innovation covers most of the expenses incurred during the Forum. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program LEARN MORE


Scholarships Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and other factors. LEARN MORE



Let us show you how other students use fundraising to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Make fundraising part of your personal success story. LEARN MORE

Payment Options

Payment Plan

You may pay in full today or choose to use one of our payment options. 


Female Testimonial

“I loved making new friends and I love the fact that I came into this program with no business related skills or any knowledge. I left with the confident choice of making this a career.”

- Alexandra P.


  • Is National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation – 8 Days to Startup for me?

    This summer’s business program is for you if you are a high school student interested in exploring all of the various business career options available. NYLF Business Innovation is your springboard to achieving tremendous success in college and in a future career in business.

    To attend NYLF Business Innovation, you must be in grades 9–12 during the 2017-2018 school year. Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified high school students who want to make the most of this opportunity.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition for NYLF Business Innovation includes housing, on-campus meals, supervisory personnel, program materials, all program activities, site visits, a Certificate of Completion and local transportation during the program.

    However, your transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for off-campus meals, souvenirs, snacks and other incidentals.

  • How will I be supervised?

    Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including faculty advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel and a program coordinator.

    For nearly 30 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

    • Greeting students at the designated airport upon their arrival and providing shuttle service directly to the program site, as well as providing shuttle service back to the airport on departure day*
    • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 17-to-1
    • Providing same-sex rooms and same-sex floors
    • Requiring all students to attend all activities
    • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms
    • Having night monitors in place to support students who may become ill or who have an emergency during the night
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices

    *There is a $70 nonrefundable roundtrip fee for shuttle service or a $35 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?
    For the summer 2018 NYLF Business Innovation program, all students are housed on college campuses. 
  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house three students. You will have your own bed.

  • Can my parents attend the program?

    No. Your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you during the program. Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

  • Can I attend if I am a student with special needs?

    Yes. If you are a student with special needs or with disabilities, we encourage you to enroll. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program.

  • Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

    Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation to and from your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • What is the pre-conference assignment, FUEL?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete a brief pre-program assignment entitled Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL).

    The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal web page after you enroll. It simply requires that you choose five mentors – teachers, coaches, youth group leaders or other trusted adults – to complete a short survey about your leadership strengths. You also will complete a short self-assessment as part of the FUEL assignment.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    We make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference.  When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.