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7 Days to Startup

Kick start your career as an entrepreneur and innovator at one of the country’s premier startup programs. Spend seven amazing days on the campus of Yale University learning from business gurus, developing your skills and acumen, and competing against other business-minded high school students in Envision's Entrepreneurial Challenge, a “shark tank” experience. You'll also enjoy a day-long exploration of innovation and entrepreneurship in the finance center of the world, New York City. 

Summer Programs for High School Students
High School Summer Business Program Students

About National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation

Your Future in Business Starts Today

National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation – 7 Days to Startup is specifically designed to provide high school students with the skills needed to lead the next innovative revolution.

At NYLF Business Innovation, you will discover your passion for entrepreneurship and innovation by competing in Envision's Entrepreneurial Challenge, an exciting startup-style simulation that takes you from ideation to product launch, and challenges you to make the critical decisions that every successful entrepreneur must make. During your time at Yale University, you'll participate in a business site visit and even crowd source Entrepreneurial Challenge ideas to your target audience.  

Over seven transformative days, you will gain hands-on business and startup experience, participate in a professional site visit, hear from and interact with recognized business leaders, and make connections with fellow high-achieving, business-minded students from all over the country.

Most importantly, you will leave the program with a clearer vision of your future career path and how to achieve your goals. By completing NYLF Business Innovation, you are eligible for college credit from George Mason University.


Students attending select high school and college programs are eligible to receive college credit(s) through George Mason University.

2022 Dates & Tuition

New Haven, CT Yale University – Vaccination Required by Venue July 9-15 | July 17-23 Mason College Credit $3,295

Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.

Please note: Tuition will be increasing by $100 for all sessions and locations on February 1, 2022, as a result of increased program operation and other inflationary costs. Additionally, we are currently evaluating all aspects of NYLF Business Innovation and may make changes to the curriculum, site visits or program location to ensure the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.

Notice: NYLF Business Innovation is operated independently of Yale University and is not sponsored or endorsed by the University. The views expressed in connection with the program are not the official positions, statements of advice nor opinions of Yale University and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Yale of any such views or statements.

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High school students participating in start-up business simulation
Startup-Style Simulation

Develop the next great idea during Envision's Entrepreneurial Challenge, a collaborative simulation that allows you to apply the skills you learn to take your business from ideation to launch, and then compete against your peers.

Business professional providing insight to high school students at NYLF Business Innovation
Speaking Events

Professionals in the field of business will supply insights from their own learnings and guide you through the key elements of launching a business.

NYLF Business students engaging in a site visit
Site Visits

Go behind the scenes to see how a successful business operates and gain a greater understanding of how your career can align with your interests and passions during a day-long trip to New York City.

NYLF Business students experiencing college life
College Readiness

Experience college culture and gain valuable college and career success skills while residing on the campus of one of the most renowned universities in the world.




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. 

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2021-2022 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.


  • Is NYLF Business Innovation 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 2021-2022 school year. Most of our students are either nominated by educators or selected through our academic partnerships; however, we do accept a limited number of students through our competitive application process. If you have not been nominated or selected but are interested in taking advantage of the life-changing opportunities that the program provides, we encourage you to submit an application today.

  • 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 over 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 $80 nonrefundable roundtrip fee for shuttle service or a $40 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2022 NYLF Business Innovation program, all students are housed on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT. 

  • 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.

  • I am a student requiring specific accommodations. Can I still attend?

    Yes, we encourage you to enroll. Envision by WorldStrides believes in working with families to accommodate student needs and encourages the participation of students who feel prepared to meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional demands of the program environment. We may be able to provide appropriate auxiliary staff and services to assist students as needed if notified in advance. We encourage families, guardians, legal representatives, or educators to contact the Office of Admissions for more information and to discuss particular accommodations before applying for enrollment 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 are the pre-program assignments?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete the PAIRIN scholar survey and the Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL) assignment.

    Envision has partnered with PAIRIN to help students understand their strengths, develop soft skills, measure soft skill growth and explore different career paths. PAIRIN utilizes a simple process to create lasting impact: measure 102 soft skills through a survey, map the soft skills attributes to the relevant context (career readiness or a specific career path), and then develop soft skills through curriculum and coaching tips. Students should complete PAIRIN prior to arrival at the program and bring their Readiness Report with them.

    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.

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